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Oklahoma Optometrists Offer Complimentary Vision Exams on Giving Sight Day: October 2, 2021

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The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and its participating members will be hosting the second annual Giving Sight Day on Saturday, October 2. Giving Sight Day is designed for families and individuals in-need to receive complimentary vision care at participating clinics. “Clear vision and healthy eyes are gifts that all Oklahomans should enjoy,” said OAOP President Dr. Randi Day. “That’s why we are committed to providing complimentary services to those who would be otherwise unable to access optometric care. This is a great way for optometric physicians to give back to the communities and the people that we love. The first ever “Giving Sight Day” in 2020 saw OAOP members performing over 350 free eye exams and donating $32,400 of frames and lenses to patients. Participating optometric physicians and clinics are listed below. Continue Reading →

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Life Skills Autism Academy Opens First-of-its-Kind Center Dedicated to Early Childhood Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The launch in Plano, Texas will provide a new resource for parents and kids seeking a more intensive, individualized, early approach to therapy

PLANO, Texas, Aug. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday a group of leaders from Life Skills Autism Academy and the Plano Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate the opening of a new center offering high quality early intensive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to help young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) acquire the skills to live independently and succeed in the world on their own terms. Life Skills Autism Academy will begin offering services to children in the community on September 3. The Academy is believed to be the first of its kind in Texas – possibly the United States – offering individualized therapy plans for all enrolled children and is inclusive of meals and diapers. As research shows, ABA therapy is most effective when started at a young age. Life Skills Autism Academy is ideal for young children, starting at 18 months of age, who may be enrolled for as much as 35-40 hours each week. Continue Reading →

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Nurse Practitioners Launch National Awareness Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has launched “We Choose NPs,” a national public awareness campaign highlighting the crucial role nurse practitioners (NPs) play in expanding access to primary care nationwide The campaign – leveraging an integrated mix of television, radio, and digital advertising – showcases the experiences of real patients who choose NPs as their primary care providers. “This new campaign focuses on creating a dialogue with consumers about the high-quality, accessible health care NPs provide and the importance of choosing a primary care provider to oversee their health,” said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, Ph.D., C-FNP, APRN, FAANP. “The faith that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than one billion visits made each year to nurse practitioners. NPs are leading the way in increasing access to primary care — from rural to urban areas — and meeting the evolving health care needs of families across every healthcare setting.” The multimillion-dollar campaign includes cable television ads, airing nationally on Fox and Friends, CNN, and MSNBC, and broadcast television ads in select markets on Good Morning America, The Today Show and Ellen. Additionally, radio ads will air in key markets. Continue Reading →

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Students from Pleasant Grove Intermediate School Named Winners of Klondike Leadership Academy Grand Prize

Klondike Leadership Academy is focused on creating a legacy of leaders within the community and within the world. Their goal is to teach children within their program what it means to be a leader, and how they can be one. To do so, they have seven Skill Sets children to learn just what it takes to be a great leader: Yes I Can, Work Comes Before Play, Listen Before You Speak, Together is Better, Help to Inspire Others, Commitment, and Leaders are Readers. By combining all the knowledge and skills they accumulate during their time as a KLA Kid, children will be set to step out into the world as a leader to inspire those around them to do the same. Last year’s KLA Session started at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Continue Reading →

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Avocados From Mexico Certified by the American Heart Association’s® Heart-Check Certification Program

DALLAS, TX- The American Heart Association certifies America’s number-one selling Avocado brand, Avocados From Mexico (AFM) with the Heart-Check mark to help make it easy for consumers to identify heart-healthy foods. According to research from the American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – 75% of consumers report that they are familiar with the Heart-Check symbol. 75% of consumers also say they are more likely to purchase foods that feature the Heart-Check mark, regardless of age or number of kids in their household1. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting saturated fat while increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables. One of the heart benefits that Avocados provide is their mono and polyunsaturated “good” fats which in moderation can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Continue Reading →

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Author of What’s Really Eating You? Tells How to Keep Back-to-School from Becoming Back to Emotional Eating


ARLINGTON, TX- As lazy summer gives way to Back-to-School time, stress levels rise. Families coping with new teachers, new schools, new extracurricular activities and new schedules are in danger of turning to old friends for comfort: cookies, cakes, salty snacks and fast-food, says Renée Jones, author of the new book What’s Really Eating You? Overcome the Triggers of Comfort Eating. Jones says, “Parents are stressed about getting their kids settled, managing the routine and such, so they’re likely eating to soothe themselves—and they are harried, so the drive-through is an easy if not so nutritious option. They may think it will be easier to establish a nutritious lifestyle once things settle down, and yet it’s often easier to start amidst the transition.” Continue Reading →

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Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Save Our Residents from Cuts and Closures

Lawmakers must “keep promise” to protect vulnerable seniors

Oklahoma-With the Supreme Court having struck down a cigarette fee designed to shore up Oklahoma’s underfunded Medicaid program, nursing homes and their residents are now bracing for budget cuts and closures. Early reports indicate that, without the over $200 million in state revenue generated from the fee, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority will be forced to cut the Medicaid reimbursement rate to health care providers. Nico Gomez, the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers, estimates that a funding reduction could put many Oklahoma nursing homes out of business. For Travis Belk, a 90-year-old Medicaid recipient who lives in The Gardens skilled nursing facility in Sapulpa, the funding crisis is hitting close to home. “Our lawmakers told us they created a budget that protects Medicaid and keeps homes like this one open,” said Belk. Continue Reading →

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MD Anderson ranked top cancer hospital in annual survey

HOUSTON, TX- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center again has ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey. Since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals, and it has ranked first 13 times in the last 16 years. “To consistently be recognized for the quality and compassionate cancer care we provide patients who come to MD Anderson seeking our innovative approaches, world-renowned expertise and decades of experience is a true honor,” said Marshall Hicks, M.D., president ad interim of MD Anderson. “This ranking recognizes the passion of our 20,000 extraordinary employees and 1,000 volunteers for serving our patients and realizing our mission to end cancer. Continue Reading →

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Isolation Increases Risk of Suicide

Last night I was surfing social media when I came upon a friend’s post stating that upon reflection, he was taking a break from social media. He stated that since the passing of his wife six months ago, his opinion posting had become offensive to his son. He was confused and hurt by his son’s chastisements, and to discontinue causing his son discomfort or embarrassment, he had concluded that his withdrawal was in order. His post was filled with sadness, despair, pain, and anguish. Regret was apparent that he had not foreseen that his posts might wedge a wound in his father/son relationship, and he was solemnly announcing his intention to bend to his son’s harsh rebuke. To show my support of this man’s right to post his opinion on a social media platform based solely on opinion posting, I went through his history and began liking every one of his opinion posts with which I could agree. It was not enough though. As I lay in my bed last night, I found that sleep was elusive. I tossed and turned all night worrying about this friend.  
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Social Withdrawal
People who have recently lost a loved one may tend to withdraw from family or friends in intimate and social situations. This tendency is generally brief and usually corrects itself without intervention. If one continues to withdraw from social interactions over an extended length of time, one might find it comforting to consult with a counselor. Continue Reading →

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Nursing Home Advocates Praise Decision to Delay Managed Care Implementation

Oklahoma-The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) acted today to cancel the Request for Proposal (RFP) for SoonerHealth+, the fully capitated (sic), statewide model of care coordination (often called “managed care”) that has been in development for Oklahoma Medicaid’s aged, blind and disabled (ABD) population. The plan represented a partial privatization of the Medicaid system. A diverse coalition of health care providers, including nursing homes, hospitals, mental health professionals, and both the Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma medical centers had expressed concerns about the plan. Health care experts determined that the state plan may have been in conflict with federal rules and regulations, which could have resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds. (Watch: News9: Oklahoma medical centers at risk of losing $650 million in federal funds)

The OHCA announced that the state would not move forward with the Medicaid privatization plan today, saying “the decision was made in the best interest of the state due to the uncertainty surrounding both federal and state funding.”

The Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers (OAHCP), which represents the state’s nursing homes, praised the decision. Continue Reading →

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