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February 2017 Archive

Go Mostly Meatless to Increase Your Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Susan Robinson

For 2017 the diet buzz word is Flexitarian. It describes a lifestyle change that focuses mostly on plant-based meals with occasional meat, poultry and fish consumption. It is being recognized by dietitians and health experts for its nutritional completeness and ease in keeping up long term, as well as long-term weight loss.

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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.

Health is Personal

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

Health is more than physical activity and nutrition. I know when you turn on the TV or open up a health magazine, it is usually something about healthy eating or great workouts you can fit into your day. The reality is, health is so much more than these two things. Don’t get me wrong, they are important, but our health is really complex with alot of information thrown at us that isn’t always accurate.

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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.