Losing weight is many times much easier said than done. There are more questions than answers it seems. What changes should you make to your diet? How often do you need to exercise? What type of exercise is best? What if a current medical condition is an obstacle you don’t know how to overcome? We so often “fail” at our attempts to lose weight and keep it off because of life circumstances and a constantly changing landscape of diet and exercise trends. However, the findings of a new study help to clear the confusion for those who fear they won’t be able to lose enough weight to yield the... Read More »

Do you want to get healthy by exercising but feeling unmotivated? It can be easy at times to find excuses to avoid the gym, but a simple reminder might be all you need to stay on track this year.

A study conducted by Stanford University found that people who were regularly encouraged to exercise by others began to exercise steadily. The researchers divided 218 people into three different groups. After an introduction to the study, everyone established an exercise goal. Later, one group was called by a Stanford Health Educator about once every three weeks for a year. The second group... Read More »

We’ve got big news for our hospital and community! Henryetta will receive a new and permanent helicopter and medical base on its campus. Air Evac Lifeteam, the company bringing the base, has 13 other bases throughout Oklahoma, and will be located just east of the hospital’s current helipad.   Air Evac provides rapid and immediate care for patients with life- or limb-threatening illness or injuries. They currently operate 126 air medical bases across 15 states. The Henryetta base will employ a program director, full-time registered nurses, full-time paramedics and full-time pilots, who will... Read More »

September 29th is World Heart Day, and to honor it, we wanted to highlight a story about a recent Australian study that found text messages helpful in improving the lives of patients with heart disease. Yes, you read that right: text messages. 

About 350 patients received around four text messages per week that reminded them to do things such as exercise more, eat less salt or quit smoking. At the end of the study, researchers found these patients were more likely to remember to take medications, lose weight, quit smoking, increase physical activity and participate in other... Read More »

  If you are a parent, grandparent, or maybe an aunt and uncle, you know that a child’s safety is your number one priority when you drive with children. You’ve probably remarked at how many more safety features are available for children now than when you were a kid. Whether you are a little new to the updated world of child safety or a seasoned pro, here are some things you want to keep in mind when putting your child in the car and driving off:   Don’t buy a used seat from a stranger - Used seats purchased from a garage sale, Craigslist or thrift store are a risk for your baby’s safety. The... Read More »
Pregnancy is an exciting time. You’ll probably begin to notice a lot more people are offering you advice – whether you want it or not. Although people are well intentioned, some may be ill informed and may unnecessarily scare you with misinformation. We’d like to dispel a few myths about how to be safe during your pregnancy.    Dyeing or Perming Your Hair - Regardless of what others might tell you, the chemicals in these products have no effect on the health your baby. There is no need to alter the way you want to look during your pregnancy.   Sunbathing and Tanning Booths - Neither... Read More »

Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas seem to run rampant in the summer, and chances are, you’ve experienced their bites. They’re not pleasant, and sometimes these creatures cause bacterial and viral diseases and are all found in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ticks, mosquitoes and fleas can cause some of the world’s most destructive diseases, but fortunately, these diseases can be prevented. Here are a few tips to remember this summer:

Be Aware: Some of the illnesses that are within the United States are... Read More »

Lyme disease is a tickborne illness that is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is contracted when the result of a black-legged tick (lxodestick tick) is infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The tick must remain attached to the person for at least 24 hours in order for the bacteria to be transmitted. Although Lyme disease is rare in our state, researchers say it is possible to get Lyme disease in Oklahoma.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease, according to the Oklahoma government’s fact sheet are as follows:

A large, circular rash... Read More »