• OSU student copes with traumatic experience through fitness

    By Catherine Wilson, Oklahoma State University | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    With the start of the new year, exercise is a priority for many people. It can help relieve stress or become a new hobby. But for Tyler Zander, it became a way of life following the loss of his leg in a traumatic farm accident. Zander, an Oklahoma State University senior pre-med entrepreneurship major from Enid, Oklahoma, worked at a grain elevator the summer before his senior year in high school. Toward the end of the summer, he and a co-worker were severely injured in a grain auger accident.  “The paramedics finally pulled us out, and when they did, there was nothing left of my leg from the knee down,” Zander said.

  • Minister shares story of living almost 40 years with bipolar disorder

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Tim Reside ended up at the White House in April, near the time of Easter, desperate to talk to then-President Jimmy Carter. Reside was suffering from delusions, not knowing yet that he had bipolar disorder. Thirty-six years later, Reside, a 65-year-old ordained minister, is in recovery and helps Oklahomans with mental illnesses. Reside started Bright Tomorrows, a Tulsa-based nonprofit organization composed of clergy, mental health professionals, individuals with mental health concerns and their family members.

  • How to prevent suicide in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Each time Savannah Kalman tells a crowd a statistic about suicide in Oklahoma, she thinks about the people behind that number. "These numbers that I stand up and repeat in trainings — it is never lost on me that these represent individuals," said Kalman, the prevention program manager at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. "Sometimes when you hear a lot of data and facts, you kind of wonder, 'Man, does that person know that like — that's my aunt' or 'That's my cousin'?"  The national rate of death by suicide among working-age adults, ages 25 to 64, is 13 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in this age group.

  • '(This) disorder doesn't define me'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    As a girl, Mardell Hawkins always slept with her clothes on, a hammer hidden under her pillow. For years, Hawkins experienced sexual abuse at home. Her mother was an addict and a drug dealer, and men were constantly cycling in and out of their home. Hawkins, 55, shared her story of recovery at a recent forum on mental illness and addiction. For years, Hawkins didn't know the impact that her past traumas had on her. She eventually found a support group, sought out counseling and saw a psychiatrist.  "If I don't stay in recovery, then I can't have anything," Hawkins said.

  • Helping veterans is important for Oklahoma City man's recovery

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    For Eric Gates, remembering his darker days helps highlight how much brighter the future looks.  "I've done a lot of things, a lot of dark days," Gates said at a recent forum. "...I think that helps highlight the better days. For me now, probably my greatest achievement is working with others, helping people."  Gates shared his story at a mental health and addiction forum, talking about his experiences with PTSD and alcohol abuse. He also talked about being bullied and a suicide attempt at age 14. Gates works as a peer support specialist at the Veteran Recovery Center. He regularly helps veterans with mental illnesses learn coping skills.  "We have a disarray — we have people who

  • The challenges faced when trying to help someone with a mental illness

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Augusta Cox remembers what life was like as a financial adviser in Oklahoma City in 2008. The United States was experiencing a major financial crisis, and Cox's job was more than stressful. Her clients were worried, and Cox was trying her best to help them. Cox soon suffered a psychotic break, and eventually, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Today, Cox works as an outreach coordinator at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Oklahoma chapter office. Every day, Cox talks with Oklahomans in need of mental health services.  At a recent forum on mental illness and addiction, Cox shared the struggles she faces in her job, trying to help others navigate Oklahoma's fragmented

  • Outstanding Seniors: Move aside, Ada Lee’s coming at 100 speed

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Ada Lee is 100 years old Feb. 1.

  • Outstanding Seniors: Donald Fisher still solves mysteries

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Long after retirement, a Del City retirement home resident is still solving mysteries in his mind.

  • Cupid's Undie Run looks to raise money, awareness for Children's Tumor Foundation

    David Morris | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    [brightcove]4724891174001[/brightcove] The idea behind hundreds of underwear-clad people running through Bricktown on Feb. 13 is a fundraising effort for the Children's Tumor Foundation to fund research for Neurofibromatosis (NF).  According to the Cupid's Undie Run website:  NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest non-government organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. Currently, there is no cure for NF and there are frighteningly few treatment options.

  • Making Memories: Oklahoma City Museum of Art program uses art to engage Alzheimer's and dementia patients

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    A version of this story appears in Tuesday's Your Health section of The Oklahoman. Making Memories Oklahoma City Museum of Art program uses art to engage Alzheimer's and dementia patients Clustered around a white quilt festively adorned with red bouquets and baskets of blossoms, the women oohed when they heard why it was created nearly 170 years ago. “It was a wedding gift,” repeated Diane Coleman, gazing at the “Baltimore Album Quilt” Georgianna Eltonhead’s Maryland family commissioned for her nuptials back in the 1840s. “That is so pretty.

  • Outstanding Seniors: Happy all the time

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Just dare you to ever catch this 107-year-old when she's not happy. It just won't happen!

  • The green bike: A daughter keeps pedaling

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Sometimes all you need is one memory. In today’s paper, enterprise reporter Juliana Keeping writes a personal column about her mother’s purchase of a green bike at a garage sale in the mid-1990s. She recalls watching her mother ride the bike around their small Michigan town with a smile on her face. And even though that lasted only a moment, it’s a memory she keeps coming back to throughout her mother’s cancer diagnosis and her son’s struggle with cystic fibrosis. My husband and I moved from Chicago to my hometown — into my parents' basement — that July. Three months after her diagnosis, we found out I was pregnant with our daughter.

  • Will the Lunch box green smoothie please a threenager's palate?

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A brown-speckled banana frowned on my countertop.  In an effort to target food waste and pack nutrients and calories into my kid's diet, I concocted a green smoothie to turn that frown upside down.  But would my threenager take the bait? The results:  Read the story and get the recipe.  What is the Healthy 65? It's a 65-day wellness challenge. Participants are encouraged to pick a simple goal and keep it up from Nov. 30, 2015 through Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.  Share your healthy effort by using the hashtag #healthy65 on Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to look for Healthy 65 posts on NewsOK.com. If you'd like a weekly summary of our efforts, sign up for the

  • Outstanding Seniors: No turkey for Lucille Brady’s Christmas dinner

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Centenarian preferred chicken or ham for her holiday dinners, since her family raised turkeys - but never ate them for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

  • Oklahoma continues to see high teen birth rate, despite historic low rates in U.S.

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Oklahoma continues to see one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, despite progress made to decrease that rate, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Oklahoma was among 21 states that saw its birth rate among girls and women ages 15 to 19 decrease between 30 percent and 39.9 percent from 2007 to 2014. The U.S. overall saw a 42 percent decrease. That decline meant a historic low in 2014 for the number of U.S. teenage girls giving birth, continuing a downward trend in teen birth rates since 1991, BuzzFeed reports. However, despite progress seen in the state, Oklahoma's birth rate in 2014 among teenage girls ages 15 to 17 was one of the highest in the

  • Treatment for those with a first episode of psychosis now available in Oklahoma County

    Jean Williams | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    Research indicates that people with schizophrenia have a better prognosis when treated early. Often people are reluctant to seek treatment because of stigma. There are many misconceptions about what it is like to have schizophrenia.  With new treatment options there is hope that attitudes will change. At the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday, Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said the majority of her budget needs to be spent on the most ill and those in crisis. White said less than half of Oklahoma’s adults who need help actually receive mental health services.

  • Healthy 65: The cold hasn't iced one Oklahoma runner's goal. Here's how he's making a daily jog work:

    Ben Bigler | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    It's pay-back time for the earlier mild running weather. My Healthy 65 challenge of running at least a mile outdoors every day has taken a chilly turn. When staff writer Juliana Keeping was looking for volunteers to create their own challenges, I decided to try to run at least one mile each day regardless of weather, schedule, mood or other complication.  Scheduling  was the main obstacle through Christmas, but I managed to run two laps (about 5.5 miles) each day around Edmond's J.L. Mitch Park except for Christmas Eve and Christmas days, when I only had time for one lap. The weather was unseasonable warm, usually upper 30s to mid 40s in the morning, but sometimes as

  • Bart and Nadia bring the charm, talk healthy lifestyles

    David Morris | Updated: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    It's been almost 40 years since Nadia Comaneci captured hearts and created dreams with her perfect 10 score in the 1976 Olympics. It's been almost 20 years that Comaneci and fellow Olympian Bart Conner have been married. The couple stopped by our studio today to shoot a promo video for their upcoming "Bart and Nadia Sports Experience" on Feb. 12-14, 2016, at the Cox Convention Center (The Oklahoman has been a partner in the event for many years). And they sat down for a quick interview. I meant to ask them about their red carpet adventures. I remember they went to the Golden Globes last year. Nadia said she met Salma Hayek at the event and the movie star went into fan girl mode at meeting the Olympian, saying

  • Healthy 65: Five ways to stay on your workout schedule during the holidays

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    I am 97 percent sure the following scenario has happened to me. I take a break from my exercise plan, telling myself it'll be "just during the holidays." Then I realize it's March, and I haven't been to the gym in weeks. It is surprisingly easy to slip in and out of the habit of exercising.  Although the holiday season is likely throwing your schedule off, here are some pointers to better ensure you stick with your healthy habits during this hectic time of year. 1. Make it it a priority This might sound really basic. And in theory, it is. But in practice, it can be a challenge. There are gifts to be wrapped. There are pies to be baked. There are so many things

  • Healthy 65: Getting back on track after a Christmas cookie binge

    Darla Slipke | Updated: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    My first mistake was not packing the cookies safely out of reach in the trunk of my car. My second was skipping dinner. Saturday afternoon, a group of my friends from college met in Wichita, Kan., for a Christmas cookie baking extravaganza. By the end of the day, we had 20 bags filled with an assortment of holiday goodies – molasses cookies, Oreo truffles, peppermint fudge, peanut butter buckeyes, jam thumbprints and frosted sugar cookies, not to mention an entire tray of homemade caramel. I made it through the entire afternoon without so much as sampling a cookie. Then came the two-and-a-half hour drive home. My stomach started grumbling about the time I crossed the Oklahoma-Kansas state line, so I