OCU plans physician assistants program
The Oklahoma City University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to support President and CEO Robert Henry's initiative to develop a new training program for physician assistants. The program is designed to meet the critical need for more highly trained medical providers throughout Oklahoma. The U.S. Labor Department projects a 30 percent increase in employment for PAs over the next seven years, the highest average rate for all occupations. About 90,000 PAs practice in the U.S., with 1,200 working PAs in Oklahoma. The OCU program will focus on graduating PAs with a strong emphasis on providing primary care in community hospitals and clinics. OCU expects to welcome its inaugural class in January 2016.
Collaboration targets obesity in children
The Indian Health Service and the Notah Begay III Foundation are collaborating on activities aimed at preventing childhood obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native youth. The partnership will include sharing best practices in implementation of community-based activities directed at addressing childhood obesity in Indian Country. Obesity is a significant problem in American Indian communities. It is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, which are among the leading causes of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives. One out of every two American Indian children are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. The collaboration, initiated Nov. 12, was developed in support of the Let's Move! In Indian Country program, which is part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.
Men's health event is set
The Integris Men's Health University will host a discussion Tuesday about men's health and sports. “Your Body Might Not be as Resilient as You Think: Protecting Yourself Against Sports Injuries” will be at 6 p.m. at the Integris Cancer Institute, 5911 West Memorial Road. Doctors will discuss the importance of health screenings and how to prevent bone injuries. They also will talk about the impact of diet and exercise on cancer. The Men's Health University is a men's health and wellness education initiative celebrated across the world and throughout Integris facilities during November. Physician-featured events highlight men's health and wellness topics.
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