Oklahoma health and fitness briefs

Oklahoma health and fitness briefs for Tuesday, April 15, 2013.
Published: April 16, 2013
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The film explores Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law. Oregon became the first state to legalize the practice in 1994, which allows any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live to request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end their life. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.

In this acclaimed film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether — and when — to end their lives.

For more information about the series, go to www.okcu.edu/film-lit, call Harbour Winn, director of OCU's Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature at 208-5472, or email hwinn@okcu.edu.

Outdoors

Website helps hikers pick trails

A new website brings valuable information for travelers planning to hit the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. RockyMountainHikingTrails.com gives hikers interested in Rocky Mountain National Park a robust source of trail information at their fingertips. The site offers detailed information on more than 70 hikes, including trail descriptions, key features, pictures, maps, elevation profiles and more.

Additionally, the site is organized to make it easier for hikers to compare and choose trails that best suit their hiking preferences.

With this new website, hikers can choose trails based on either location within the park, hiking difficulty and key features, or they can simply look at an alphabetical listing. RockyMountainHikingTrails.com uses a mathematical formula to rate trail difficulty which gives hikers a comparable reference point between trails. This information will benefit any day hiker — including people looking for a short stroll to a nearby waterfall, the long distance hiker looking to climb Hallett Peak, as well as hikes of varying lengths and difficulty.

RockyMountainHikingTrails.com is the sister site to www.HikinginGlacier.com, on Glacier National Park in Montana, and www.HikingintheSmokys.com, a leading hiking website for the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.