Health fair educates public

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor
For many, spring is a time of rejuvenation and animation. The air fills with warm scents as flowers bloom, and lawns are trimmed. It is also a time to get a check up and make sure the body stays healthy.

Offering the public awareness information

Midwest Regional Medical Center and RSC held their annual health fair April 11 to educate the public about health and wellness.

“We provide this service in conjunction with Rose State to give important health information to the community. We provide free blood work and cholesterol screening,” Marilyn Flinchum, marketing/special events coordinator of Midwest Regional Medical Center, said.

Kids and Senior Citizens can find something to do at Rose State too

Rose State offered participants information on wellness courses aimed at keeping people fit and healthy as well as providing information for the summer Kids College program.

“The most popular courses seem to be the 50 plus program. The water aerobics class seems to be the favorite course, as well the trips the group takes throughout Oklahoma,” Tiffany Farmer, work-study office aide, said.

The group visits Enid, Tulsa, and Stillwater. They get a chance to visit the local museums, gardens, and restaurants that help to make these areas popular.

Mark Doolen talks about sleeping disorders and how sleep apnea has affected his life

Another health issue that affects the public is sleep disorders.

“There are nearly 100 different sleep disorders that affect people throughout the world,” Mark Doolen, manager of the Midwest Regional Medical Sleep Diagnostics Center, said “What we do when people come in with a complaint of being tired is hook them up to a polysomnography and have the patient sleep through the night.”

The polysomnography test monitors the patient’s brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration, oxygen level in the blood and audio monitoring.

The first test at the sleep lab was done in 1999 on Doolen, who ended up having 58 events per hour with each event lasting for 15 seconds each. What this meant for Doolen was that for two hours during his eight-hour sleep cycle he was not breathing. Imagine not breathing for two hours each night while asleep.

“A person who suffers from sleep apnea (most common sleeping disorder) can sleep for 10 hours, however if they are having trouble breathing or having other issues during this time,” Doolen said, “they will be more tired when they wake up in the morning because their body is working harder to regulate itself.”

For more information on sleeping disorders call the Midwest Regional Medical Center, Sleep Diagnostics Center at 405-610-8039.

Other information provided to participants included how to quit smoking, rehabilitation, giving blood, community senior centers that help the elderly stay fit, and a variety of other health information. Central State Academy of Massage also provided free massages to participants.


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