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Thursday, 14 January 2016 10:05

Gym Safety: Helpful tips


For many people, the start of a new year means making the resolution to get in better shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This may also include going to a local gym or signing up for a health club membership. There are however, potential health risks at these facilities.


“Most injuries that are related to workouts are chronic injuries,” said Army Maj. Jesse DeLuca, a sports medicine specialist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “From dropping weights on your feet, to pulled muscles, these are the things that occur most often.”


DeLuca suggests for those who are starting a new regimen, start off slow, and establish a routine that you will be able to perform on a consistent basis. “Listen to your body,” he said. “And don’t try to jump into a workout that’s going to be too demanding on you physically. You may end up injuring yourself, and negate any progress you’ve made. Start slow, and go slow in the beginning. I know, with it being the new year, every wants to go hard. However, high-intensity workouts can lower your immune system, and make some more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infection.”


Keeping your workout gear clean is another helpful tip from DeLuca. “Change the towel that you use every day, because it can be a source of infection,” he said. “Always make sure you spray inside your gym bag when you’re carrying those gym clothes to and from workout facilities. Lysol or any type of disinfectant is good. Also, do not share equipment, because that’s a good way to spread germs and infection. And it’s always good gym etiquette to wipe down any equipment or machines you use in the gym afterward.”


DeLuca also suggests wearing shower shoes when taking a shower, or when you’re not wearing gym shoes or regular shoes. “Whether it’s a tile or carpeted surface, it’s always good to have on some type of footwear, because you have people coming in from outdoors, or other areas of the gym that may be more susceptible to germs that can be transferred from the bottom of shoes onto floor surfaces. I would also recommend making sure you wipe your shower shoes after using them, to make sure they’re dry, and drying your feet before putting on socks and other shoes.”


When it comes to diet and nutrition, DeLuca says you have to break it down into two categories: performance measures and/or medical purposes. “If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, consult with your physician so he/she can help set guidelines, and make you aware of any risk factors,” he said. “With regard to performance, it all depends on how your body metabolizes food. Some people are able to consume a light meal before a workout, while others are able to eat a heavy meal. In addition, if you want to restore your muscle health in a relatively short period of time after a workout, you don’t have to do anything fancy; a glass of chocolate milk is capable of restoring glycogens.”


DeLuca also urges people to be sure to consume plenty of fluids while working out. “Keeping your body hydrated is very important, even in the winter,” he said. “You don’t have to drink gallons of water, however, when you do feel thirsty, be sure to replenish the fluids in your body. This will help optimize your performance, and go a long way toward helping you accomplish your fitness goals.”


Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:00

Pervasive Parenting Center to Host Trivia Night

The Pervasive Parenting Center will host Trivia Night Saturday, March 5. The event will be held at The Community State Bank in Poteau, OK to raise funds for the center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This year’s theme will be 80s Movies, so dress as characters from your favorite 80s movie. The event will start at 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m.

Funds raised will go to the Pervasive Parenting Center and will be used to help families in the area coping with disabilities. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Price to participate will be $100 per team.

The teams can include from six to 10 members. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place teams as well as best costume as a team and as an individual.

There will be free food and drinks for participants. “We took over this event last year and had so much fun,” said Kodey Toney, center director. “We had such a great response we had to bring it back this year. We are working hard to help the families of this area coping with disabilities find resources to help make life better. The funds raised from this event can help us continue to bring trainings, conferences, resources, and programs to this area.”

The Pervasive Parenting Center was launched in 2014 to help families in eastern Oklahoma find resources available for people diagnosed with autism and other disabilities.
“We just want to be a place where people can come for answers,” said Toney. “I know how crazy it can seem for a family who has just received a diagnosis if you don’t know what to do next. We can help you find what is out there and where you need to go.”

Entry forms can be picked up and dropped off at the following establishments: Poteau Daily News, Clip Joint, and Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw. You can also register online at:


The deadline for registration in Friday, February 26.

Checks should be made payable to Pervasive Parenting Center and can be given on the night of the event, or mailed to PO Box 574, Panama, OK 74951.

For more information, contact Kodey Toney at (918) 658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 23:23

Make a PACT to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, nearly every four minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the U.S. That means birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born.


Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children ages1 to 4.


While these statistics are sobering, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) notes that families can lower the risk of having a baby born with a birth defect by following basic health guidelines throughout the reproductive years.


Women and men are encouraged to make a PACT for their own health and the family they may have one day.


Plan ahead:

Get healthy before getting pregnant.
Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Avoid harmful substances:

Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.


Choose a healthy lifestyle:

Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats and oils.
Be physically active.
Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.


Talk to a doctor:

Get a medical checkup.
Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
Talk about your family history.

All women and men can live out their PACTby taking these four easy, but important steps.


Show how you are making a PACT for prevention by using the hashtags#livingmyPACT and #1in33.


OSDH is working with healthcare professionals and family leaders around the state to raise awareness of birth defects. Find additional information at


For more information about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, view the “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” public education campaign on the OSDH website at

Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:03

My Shiny Teeth

Pervasive Parenting


Going to the dentist can be terrifying for anyone. The uncertainty and possibility of pain lurking in the shadows of every exams room is enough to make the biggest man cringe with fear. For a child on the spectrum, or with sensory issues this is turned up a notch or two.

This week Konner and I made the trek to the dentist to have a cavity taken care of on Wednesday.


This wasn't as bad as most would think. In fact at times it was funny.

Before I get into the story of our visit I want to explain a few things. Konner did very well going this time. He didn't get too anxious, although there was a little fear, as you will see, but it's because we have worked with him over the years.


One of the biggest problems with most visits is that uncertainty that I talked about before. So, one of the best things to do is to talk to your child. Walk them through the process the best you can, and let them know step-by-step what will happen.

I began this step with Konner on the car ride there. This is because we forgot to tell him the night before, which is not a good idea, but as I said he's been going for a while and already has a good idea of what is going to happen.

So we arrive and as we come in the door I notice Thomas the Train on the television in the waiting room; score! He was happy about that and it put him at ease a little.


When we are called back he was asked to lay down. I sensed a little apprehension, so I helped him, but he knocked the hose that fits over your nose for the gas onto the floor.


That was okay, but the assistant had to clean it off, so when they put it over his face he caught a huge smell of cleanser and he didn't like that at all.


In fact the whole time he was on the table he was upset about the powerful smell.

He began to look around and asked, "Are there any little jack hammers?" The nurse answered no and then asked, "Where did you hear that from?" He of course answered some cartoon on Facebook. He was reassured that there where no jack hammers.

He then began to give a play-by-play of Thomas playing on the ceiling. The assistant told him he would have to stop talking and close his mouth so he could breathe in the gas and relax. He then complied and continued his story with his mouth closed.

He decided to try to talk the entire time the dentist worked on his tooth.

In all he did very well though, and was ready to head back to school afterward.

A little preparation will help. Is it fool proof, no. It has taken some time over the years, and lots of preparation.

Friday, 08 January 2016 20:12

Autism Awareness Walk


The Pervasive Parenting Center will host an Autism Awareness Walk Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. This will be held at the Jay Reynolds Park in Sallisaw, OK.

The walk will be held to raise awareness for the growing number of children diagnosed with autism each year. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be free food and drinks available.

“April is autism awareness month,” said Kodey Toney, center director. “The numbers are increasing every year. I don’t think it’s necessarily about awareness as much as it is acceptance now. We want to use this day to celebrate the people in our lives who are coping with this disorder every day.”

According to the Center for Disease Control 1 in 68 are diagnosed with the neurological disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects children’s social and language skills.

The Pervasive Parenting Center was created to help families in eastern Oklahoma find resources available for people diagnosed with autism and other disabilities.

“We just want to be a place where people can come for answers,” said Toney. “I know how crazy it can seem for a family who has just received a diagnosis if you don’t know what to do next. We can help you find what is out there and where you need to go.”

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LeFlore County Health Department is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to invite women and their families to make a PACT for birth defects prevention. In recognition of January as National Birth Defects Prevention Month - 2016, LeFlore County Health Department is encouraging healthcare professionals, educators, social service professionals, and the general public to support this effort.


Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant.


This year we are encouraging all women to make a PACT for their own health and the family they may have one day.


Plan Ahead

Avoid Harmful Substances

Choose a Healthy Lifestyle

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider


By making the PACT, women can reduce the risk of having a child with a birth defect and also reduce their risk of pregnancy complications, such as early pregnancy loss, prematurity and stillbirths.


About 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year in the United States. Not only can birth defects lead to lifelong challenges and disability, they are also the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children aged one to four years.


Public awareness, expert medical care, accurate and early diagnosis, and social support systems are all essential for optimal prevention and treatment of these all-too-common and sometimes deadly conditions.


Most people are unaware of how common, costly, and critical birth defects are in the United States, or that there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of birth defects The health of women prior to pregnancy can affect the risk of having a child with a birth defect.


Diet, life-style choices, factors in the environment, health conditions and medications before and during pregnancy all can play a role in preventing or increasing the risk of birth defects. Small steps, like making healthy choices, visiting a healthcare provider well before pregnancy, controlling your weight through healthy diet and activity, and taking a multivitamin every day, can go a long way.


For more information visit,, or contact LeFlore County Health Department at 918-647-8601.


The Pervasive Parenting Parent Support Group will meet Tuesday January 26, at 6 pm.



This will be held at the Waylon Jones Complex in Roland, OK.


This month’s meeting will include a FREE Care and Communication Notebook Training sponsored by the Oklahoma Family Network and Pervasive Parenting Center. These notebooks are beneficial to helping provide the best medical, educational, and therapy care for your child. Included will be free material including the notebooks and several pages to get the caregivers started.


“When you have so many therapies, doctor’s appointments, and other appointments as a parent it is easy to forget where you’ve been, or what you’re child has done,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “These notebooks can help you be more organized and in turn will help assure that your child is getting the proper attention they need to help them improve in their goals.”


This is a support group for families coping with autism and any other disabilities. The group meets to help share resources, advice, and help each other. This meeting is open to everyone including families, professionals, teachers, etc. If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, 03 January 2016 22:26

Pervasive Parenting

Dear Friend


Dear Diary,
For Christmas Konner received a diary that he asked for and began chronicling his daily life importances. The problem is that he tells about everything that he writes in it. In that same spirit I have decided to write this week's article in diary form.

I really appreciate that Konner wants to write down his thoughts and keep up with what he feels is important. I just wish that he wouldn't share all of those ideas with his little brother.

By the way, his little brother is your typical brother. Even if Konner didn't tell off on himself, Kruz sneaks into his room and finds it to read. I mean, I'm really proud that he can read so well, but I wish he would leave Konner some privacy.

However, I'm glad that in many ways they are "typical" siblings.

Diary, this break has been pretty typical, but there have been a few things that have been a little different. Konner has been very agitated and aggressive in ways. He has been yelling and screaming, and I haven't been able to get things under control. On top of the outbursts he has been having tantrums (not meltdowns), and he has been really whiny lately. I guess this can be expected during Christmas break. After all, his routine is thrown off completely, and his little brother has been annoying him to no end.

I just hope that it doesn't make going back to school too bad for him, but it probably will. I really hope that his teachers and classmates understand and work with him.

Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:20


Due to recent weather events that lead to severe flooding, LeFlore County Health Department reminds citizens of LeFlore County to use precaution during clean up after water levels recede. The potential health effects during this time could be Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Mold.


Tetanus is caused by bacteria that enters the body through an open wound, produces a toxin that causes painful muscle contractions.


Another name for Tetanus is called “Lockjaw” because it often causes a person’s jaw and neck muscles to lock. It is always recommended to have a current Tetanus vaccination, but more important during clean up after a weather event.


Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It is contagious and usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, person to person contact or through contaminated food or water.


During flooding situations, some sewer systems become saturated and overflow thus leading to contaminated water in yards or in some cases where towns have waste water stabilization ponds flood water inundates and causes them to over flow into the streets and surrounding area. Hepatitis A vaccination is the best protection against the Hepatitis A virus.


Mold is a fungus. Mold spores are settling in your home all the time, but they need moisture to multiply. Mold can grow on wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, paints, carpet, sheet rock and insulation.


When excess moisture or water builds up in your home from a leaky roof, high humidity or flooding, these conditions are often ideal for mold. Persons with allergies or asthma may be sensitive to mold. When mold is disturbed, spores may be released into the air, therefore, you may be exposed by breathing them in. Also, if you directly handle moldy materials, you can be exposed to mold and mold spores through contact with your skin.


To remove mold from hard surfaces use commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves, protective eye wear and in some cases a facial mask.


For more details about disease prevention or mold, visit Or

Or call LeFlore County Health Department at 918-647-8601.

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