The Norman Transcript

January 5, 2013

health news in brief


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In addition to a T-shirt, donors will receive OBI ball caps. If donors prefer, they can forgo the caps to support the Global Blood Fund. OBI will redirect funds allocated for the caps to this charity assisting blood centers in developing countries.

Healthy adults, 16 and older, are encouraged to donate. Blood can be given every 56 days. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-877-340-8777, or visiting www.obi.org.

· Blood drive at Riverwind Casino:KATT Radio is kicking off its 28th year of partnering with Oklahoma Blood Institute at Riverwind Casino 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 10.

Those who are healthy and age 18 or older are encouraged to donate blood in the Showplace Theatre at Riverwind Casino, 1544 W State Highway 9. Donors at the drive will have the first opportunity to receive 28th Annual KATT Blood Drive T-shirts and $10 Wild Card bonus play. KATT DJ Greg Zoobeck will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, visit www.obi.org or call (877) 340-8777.

· Free training opportunity for aging advocates

A free training opportunity will be available for individuals who would like to volunteer and become community advocates for Oklahoma’s aging population. The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) identifies, trains and develops volunteer leaders and advocates in issues related to aging. The course consists of 10, two-day sessions over a one-year period. Instruction is tentatively set to begin in February.

The classes are held at 2401 N.W. 23rd St., suite 40, Oklahoma City, and overnight accommodations are available for those who qualify. Travel reimbursement may be provided under the state travel reimbursement act. There is no tuition fee.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 10. For more information or to apply, contact Judy Leitner at 405-752-1257 or ASD at 405-521-2281.

· Surviving cancer through holistic goals

Cancer survivors striving for holistic health goals in the new year can get help reaching them at no cost through the Livestrong at the YMCA program offered at the Earlywine Park YMCA, at 119th and South May Avenue in Oklahoma City.

As part of the program, the local Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability during a 12-week program.

In addition to physical benefits, the program is also focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families.

To register for the next 12-week session beginning Jan. 22nd, contact Aline Ludwig at 378-0420 or aludwig@ymcaokc.org.

— Transcript Staff

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