When feeling stressed or anxious, try a mini-relaxation exercise. First, close your eyes and take a deep breath. As you exhale, let the word “relax” fill your thoughts. Allow all tension to flow downward, from the muscles of your face and neck, through your arms and legs, and out of your hands and feet. Hold that feeling of relaxation for 10 to 15 seconds before you open your eyes and return to your activity. Repeat each time you feel tension, pain or anxiety. Or try it at regular times, such as before walking into work in the morning or before falling asleep at night. Throughout your day, make a conscious effort to take deep belly breaths. Relax!
Source: Molly Ross, executive director, Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit
OneHealthy-Bod race registration is open
Registration is open for the OneHealthyBod Jump Start 5K and 10K run March 8. The run is open to runners of all ages and fitness levels. It begins at 8:30 a.m. at Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S Lake Hefner Drive.
The run benefits Catherine Ledlow, of Oklahoma City. Ledlow was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and is undergoing chemotherapy.
Preregistration is $25. Cost is $30 on race day. Runners can register online at www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/97372.
For more information, call 850-5338.
Aerobics expert to speak
DUNCAN — Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who coined the term “aerobics” in 1969, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Simmons Center Theatre, 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway. He will speak on “Exercise Is Medicine.” The event is part of the Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation's winter events.
Meridian Zerner, registered dietitian at Cooper's clinic in Dallas, will teach a beginner Pilates class at 8 a.m. She will be the guest speaker at a ladies luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Simmons Center and address women's health issues. Zerner and Cooper are native Oklahomans.
Also part of the winter events is the ninth annual “Give It a Tri” indoor triathlon Sunday at the Simmons Center. The event consists of adult and youth divisions where participants swim, bike and run. Additionally, there is a “land lovers” event where participants bike and run only. Triathlon entry fees range from $25 to $90.
Pilates class is $20. Luncheon is $25. Cooper's presentation is free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (580) 251-8844.
Free meningitis vaccine
The meningococcal meningitis vaccine will be provided free of charge through Feb. 28 at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department's Kelley location, 921 NE 23, to people ages 19 to 55. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. There is no income or insurance requirement.
“The free meningitis vaccine offered by the health department can save you over $100, but more importantly, it can save your life,” said Ellen Pogemiller, Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition director.
While cases of bacterial meningitis are rare, they can be life-threatening. Even if treated, about one in 10 people who develop bacterial meningitis will die from it. Also known as meningococcal disease, the infection can result in brain damage, hearing loss and learning problems. In some cases, the disease leads to the loss of an arm, a leg or other parts of the body.
In Oklahoma, the meningitis vaccine is required for students who are enrolling for the first time in college or in post-high school educational programs and will live in dormitories or in on-campus student housing.
For more information, please go to the department's website at www.occhd.org/; call 425-4362, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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