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On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness news for all Oklahomans.

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Highlighting INTEGRIS Health Respiratory Therapists

You may not realize it, but when it comes to caring for COVID-19 patients, respiratory therapists handle much of the day-to-day care, alongside nurses, doctors and other staff. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of our dedicated, compassionate respiratory therapists, ask them how they are doing and celebrate them for everything they do.

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September is National Recovery Month

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. We asked Courtney Hays, Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager II at Arcadia Trails, a few questions about addiction and, more specifically, her role as a caregiver.

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Managing Grief

Grief is something most of us will experience during our lifetimes, whether grieving the loss of someone we love, or the loss of a job, or even losses of familiar routines due to the pandemic. That is not to say that these types of grief are equally weighted, only rather that grieving is not limited to losses due to death. Grief is an umbrella term for the sum all the feelings you have when someone or something important to you is no longer a part of your life. There is only one cure for grief, which is to grieve.

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Tips For Healthy Lungs

Every second your lungs are hard at work. They perform 24/7 behind the scenes to ensure your body receives the oxygen it needs to survive. That translates to about 12 to 15 breaths per minute, or 17,000 breaths per day, according to the American Lung Association. Put simply, your lungs never clock out. Considering their importance, it’s easy to see why you should practice healthy habits to keep your lungs performing at an optimal level.

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How Teenagers Ask for Help Without Actually Saying It

Mental health doesn’t discriminate. If you’re a parent, there’s a chance you’ll deal with a child who faces depression. In fact, one in five adolescents will battle with depression during their teen years. We discuss some ways your teen may be asking for help without ever saying it.

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The Importance of Donating Blood During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Donating blood is a critical piece of the American health care system. Since January is Blood Donor Month, we partnered with Oklahoma Blood Institute and spoke with Chief Medical Officer Tuan Le, M.D., to find out why donating blood and convalescent plasma is so important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

If you have tried the Keto Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Atkins Diet or any of the others that call for a high protein intake, you may have wondered just how much protein is too much. We’ve asked an expert for the answer.

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Gaining Weight the Healthy Way

While it seems everyone is always trying to lose weight, there's a significant number of people who want to gain weight, too. Being underweight can be just as dangerous as being obese, but if you do need to gain weight, what's the best way to do it healthily? An INTEGRIS dietitian explains.

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An INTEGRIS Chaplain's Life During COVID-19

While INTEGRIS caregivers are bravely serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, INTEGRIS Pastoral Care provides spiritual support for patients, their families and hospital staff. During this difficult time, Chaplain Warfield and his team have been dedicated to providing spiritual guidance to the community.

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How to Prepare for a Telehealth Visit During COVID-19

Here's how to take advantage of telehealth options at INTEGRIS to see a doctor during the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to Wash Your Hands to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of disease to others. Here's how to do it right.

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What Are Advanced Practice Providers? What Kind of Care Do They Provide?

Advanced practice providers are not doctors, but they have advanced degrees and are qualified to take on some of the roles traditionally assumed by doctors. They can often provide the medical care a patient needs more quickly and at a lower cost.

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Don't Give Up on Your New Year's Health Goals!

Now that it's February, have you found yourself right where you started when you set your new year's health goals last month? Maybe you’re feeling frustrated with yourself, and already think your goals for 2020 are a wash. INTEGRIS dietitian Brent Wilson gives some heartfelt advice to help you get back on track.

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Monday Mindfulness #5

In the final installment of our “Monday Mindfulness” series, meditation expert Sarah McLean gives us a countdown to clarity.

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Are Your Healthy Snacks Actually Junk Food?

There are a lot of foods perceived as “healthy” that are packed with hidden calories and sugar. Despite your best efforts in choosing healthier snacks, many choices might be sabotaging your health and your weight.

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Monday Mindfulness #4

In the fourth installment of our “Monday Mindfulness” series, meditation expert Sarah McLean gives tips on how to combat stress with mindful moments.

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Monday Mindfulness #3

In the third installment of our “Monday Mindfulness” series, meditation expert Sarah McLean teaches us how to be fully present in our conversations with others.

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Monday Mindfulness #2

In the second installment of our “Monday Mindfulness” series, meditation expert Sarah McLean shows us how to reclaim our life from everything that’s hijacking our focus and attention.

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Introducing Monday Mindfulness Five-Part Series

In the first installment of the series, meditation expert Sarah McLean teaches us how to practice mindfulness in a chaotic world and how to take a few minutes every day for yourself.

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The Top 19 Blog Posts of 2019

To recognize 2019 — and as a way to usher in 2020 — we've collected the 19 most popular On Your Health blog posts of 2019. From new food fads and trends to specific male and female issues, readers were interested in a variety of preventive methods to assist in overall health and wellness.

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