Stressed? Try This:
Experiment with the anatomy of a laugh.
1. Place both hands on your belly
2. Lift your eyebrows
3. Smile until your molars show
4. Add sound by saying “ha, ha, ha.”
5. Add movement by gently rolling your head up and down
Rx: At least three times per day
SOURCE: Molly Ross, executive director for the Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit, offers weekly tips on how to manage stress in our daily lives
Men's health event planned
Black men's health will be the focus of a summit planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22 at Metro Technology Center Springlake Campus Business Conference Center, 1900 Springlake, Oklahoma City. The event is held by Integris Men's Health University and the East Zion District Men's Association.
The summit will include men's health screenings from 9 a.m. to noon including cancer screenings for prostate PSA, skin, oral and colorectal (by appointment only) glucose, cholesterol, stroke and blood pressure. Other activities include health and wellness information and resources, giveaways and door prizes. Lunch will be provided after the screenings.
Metro Technology Center will kick off the event's 22 activities with a morning celebration at 8:15 a.m. at the center's Amphitheatre, followed by 10 minutes of Zumba and stretching and a one-mile family walk.
Men's Health and Wellness Lectures will take place leading up to the summit:
• Men and Sleep Disorders, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 18, featuring Jonathan Schwartz, M.D., Integris M.J. and S. Elizabeth Schwartz Sleep Disorders Center of Oklahoma. Held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1829 NE 36.
• Vibrant: To Heal and be Whole, Keys to Emotional Wellness, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20 featuring R. Murali Krishna, M.D., president and COO, Integris Mental Health. Held at Metro Technology Center Springlake Campus, Business Conference Center
• Men's Urological Health — Noon to 1 p.m. June 22 featuring Philip Mosca, M.D., Metro Technology Center Springlake Campus, Business Conference Center
For more information or reservations, please call the Integris HealthLine at 951-2277.
Scrapbooking for a cure
Creative outlets such as scrapbooking promote healing and healthy interaction among participants. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1, the St. Anthony Frank C. Love Cancer Institute will host a Crop for the Cure Scrapbooking event open to cancer patients, survivors, families and the general public. There is no charge for the event. The event will be held at St. Anthony Hospital's St. Francis Conference Room, 1000 N Lee Ave.
Participants should bring three photos 5 inch x 7 inch or smaller, and supplies will be provided.
For information or to register for the event, call 231-2942.
Arthritis is costly, common in state
Arthritis continues to be the leading cause of disability in Oklahomans and every year the number of residents diagnosed with the disease grows.
About 30 percent of Oklahomans have some sort of arthritis-related medical problem and about half of all people in the state with arthritis suffer from loss of mobility or physical ability because of it, said Diana Romano, a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service and a registered dietitian.
“As we begin to live longer, more of us will experience some type of disability due to arthritis in our lifetime,” Romano said.
Though there are several different types of arthritis — osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis — most arthritic conditions involve inflammation of the joint which results in swelling, redness, pain and loss of motion.
“These conditions affect the joints and surrounding tissues like muscles and tendons, but also can affect the skin, internal organs and other parts of the body,” Romano said. “These issues can make it very difficult to get around or earn a living.”
Arthritis-related issues cost Oklahomans somewhere around $1.2 billion every year, Romano said, and to the state's residents with the disease, the personal costs are often immeasurable.
Romano, who teaches exercise strategies to arthritis patients, also stressed how important it is for Oklahomans with arthritis to stay at a healthy weight.
“Carrying even a little bit of extra weight can cause serious wear and tear on our joints,” she said. “That's why nutrition education is also important to people who are diagnosed with arthritis.”
There is no cure for arthritis, but the disease can be managed so that its progression is slowed and its effects minimized.
“It's important that people who think they may be suffering from arthritis see their doctor for an accurate diagnosis,” Romano said. “Working with your health care providers can make a big difference in how well the disease is managed.”
Source: Gale Goodner, Oklahoma City
OSU Cooperative Extension Service