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The Journey to Better Balance

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With warmer weather on the way, many are looking forward to outdoor activities in the sunshine. But after months of pandemic isolation, our bodies might not be quite up to the challenge. Luckily, a variety of trainers are at the ready to help willing participants strengthen their cores and stay steady. “Yoga is wonderful to help create better balance, both...

Understanding Aneurysms

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“Aneurysms are an enlargement of a blood vessel in the body,” says Beau Hawkins, a cardiologist with OU Health in Oklahoma City. “They most commonly affect arteries, which are vessels that distribute blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.” Hawkins says aneurysms can affect any blood vessel, but most often occur in the aorta and the...

A Happy Heart

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In addition, more than 650,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, which comes out to one in every four deaths.  “Heart disease is any pathologic process that...

Centering the Mind

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After such a tumultuous year, has there ever been a greater time to learn how to better manage stress? If you listen to local yoga and meditation experts, that answer would be a resounding, “No!” “Meditation is an ancient discipline that helps us pull away from the busy, chaotic world and connect to our inner self, to realize peace and...

Active Years

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Exercise: the Antidote to Aging Balance and connection make life sweet, and as we begin to age, this truth becomes even more important. Older adults need a unique symmetry of movement, nutrition, community and care to make their golden years some of the best. One way to address several of these needs at once is to stay active. But what kinds...

COVID-19: Information Regarding Testing

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County health departments, including OKC-County and Tulsa Health Departments, do not offer testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Any individual who develops symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider...

Coronavirus 101

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Oklahoma Magazine reached out to the Oklahoma State Department of Health to create a public service announcement regarding coronavirus. Here are responses to some of your questions about the disease, answered by Amanda Shoemate, epidemiologist with the Oklahoma State Department of Health Acute Disease Service. For more information go to cdc.gov.

Preventive Maintenance

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Like a motor vehicle, train or an airplane, your body must undergo preparation and maintenance before any fitness journey begins, be it a simple, twice-a-week gym routine or grueling, long-term training for a marathon. Proper warmups, hydration and nutrition are all part of any pre-workout plan. “I like to compare it to a car,” says John Jackson, a trainer at Tulsa’s...

On Your Feet … Get Moving

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Unless you still have youthful exuberance, you likely experience creaking, groaning joints while extricating yourself from a lengthily occupied chair or couch. This happens to everyone at some point, but, when sedentary periods become extended, it’s time to consider the sobering effects on the body. Jimmy Robinson, director of physical therapy with Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedic Institute in Oklahoma City,...

Coping with ‘Stress Eating’

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When emotionally taxing situations arise, many people may bury their strong feelings in pints of ice cream or mounds of mashed potatoes. This practice, while comforting in the moment, is often blamed for health and weight problems. However, the actual issues associated with “stress eating” are much more nuanced than labeling a habit as simply good or bad. Many a...