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September 2016 Archive

5 Simple Ways to Cut Down Your Spending

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Need to create a little more wiggle-room in your budget? No matter what your financial goal is at the time, it’s always nice to find a few ways to save yourself from unnecessary spending. Here are five ways to save some dough and cut down your spending:

1. Cut back on eating out

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Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

When Worry Can Be Good

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Susan Robinson

Have you ever found yourself being consumed with thoughts of future events that may or may not even really happen?

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Susan Robinson is a co-program coordinator for “Thrive," and has been with the program since 2007. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Prior to her time with OMES, Susan worked in higher education and taught at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State University. Susan's hobbies include singing in her church and community choirs, traveling and spending time with her daughter and grand dog, Georgi.

4 Key Sources of Energy That Fuel You

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Chrystal Hedges

We tend to run ourselves full speed ahead with no rest or downtime. That makes us unproductive, disengaged and overwhelmed with work and life, where the demands exceed our capacity. Most U.S. families are facing this each and every day and are running on an empty tank of energy.

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Chrystal Hedges received her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from OU Health Sciences Center. She has ten and a half years of experience working in the public health arena promoting and advocating for health and well-being in various capacities. Her current role as a well-being program coordinator is to provide state employees and their families with information and opportunities to learn, grow and enrich their lives for the better. Her passion and advocacy for health and well-being has led her to one of the most important roles in her life, serving as a foster and adoptive parent. Ms. Hedges has been a foster parent for 5 years and currently has two foster children and two adoptive children.