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October 2016 Archive

Out of Your Head and Into the Holidays

Posted on October 30, 2016 by Susan Robinson

The holiday season is officially beginning with Halloween. Life can get really hectic really fast and this blog will give you some helpful hints how to try a new approach to help you prioritize your peace and sanity in these hectic times.

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Susan Robinson

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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.

All the Sugar

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Petra Lusche

I was grabbing lunch with a friend the other day, and she was telling me about how she’s trying to eat a more healthful diet, and that her main focus is on eating organic and unprocessed foods.

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Petra Lusche

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Petra Lusche is a Family Dietitian, Lactation Consultant and Certified Personal Trainer that works for OMES with well-being programming, focusing on organizational health to encourage change. Petra’s hobbies are running/working out, teaching cooking classes throughout the state and playing with her first child, Bodie.

Pokémon Go – A New Way To Get Fit

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Chrystal Hedges

Have you downloaded the Pokémon Go app yet? I got it the night it was released and have played almost every day since. The app is a game which allows you to catch Pokémon by physically tracking them in your area. It has shown people of all ages just how easy and fun exercise can be. Although the app itself has received both good and bad criticism in recent months, it still demonstrates the power that apps can have on us.

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Chrystal Hedges

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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.

Health Goals Around the Holidays

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Guys, it’s here! It’s really here! The holiday season has finally arrived! For me, this means it’s time for way too many holiday decorations, a house filled with the smell of pumpkin bread, finding the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and traveling to see lots of family and friends. It does not get better than this!

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Kathryn Kitchen

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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."