OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 90% of children who use lap-and-shoulder seat belts under the age of 10 should still be in a booster seat, according to data collected by AAA and the National Safety Council.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working to ensure Oklahoma parents and children travel safely by hosting a booster seat check event from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s NE Campus, 2600 NE 63rd St.

Nationally-certified technicians will be on-site to teach children and caregivers how to properly use a booster seat or to determine if a child is ready to ride without a booster seat.

A limited number of booster seats will be available to qualifying families.

The child, parent or legal guardian of the child, and vehicle must be present to receive a seat.

Parents or legal guardians must also bring proof of government assistance (e.g. WIC/SNAP/SoonerCare) to qualify for a seat.

Saturday’s seat check event is one of many being held in partnership with OSDH Injury Prevention Service, Safe Kids Oklahoma and Safe Kids Tulsa during National Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 18 – 24. County health departments across the state will host events throughout the week.

Families who reside in counties outside of Oklahoma county or who are unable to attend September’s booster seat check events can call OSDH for information about other opportunities and seat check events at 405-426-8440 or visit the website at Oklahoma.gov/health/CPS.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on preventing disease. OSDH provides technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments in Oklahoma, as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Participating optometric physicians across the state of Oklahoma will be giving complimentary eye exams to those in need as part of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physician’s (OAOP) third annual Giving Sight Day. Most participating locations will hold complimentary vision clinics on Saturday, October 1, but some locations will participate in the days immediately preceding or following that date. Some clinics require appointments, while others are first come, first serve. A list of participating clinics along with dates and other relevant details can be found below (and a frequently updated list of participating clinics and details can be found here: https://oklahoma.aoa.org/patients-and-public/giving-sight-day.). Each clinic has different protocols and requirements and patients should carefully consult the list below or weblink. “Every Oklahoman deserves the gift of healthy vision and clear sight, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said OAOP President Dr. Chris Swanson. “Participating in Giving Sight Day is a privilege and something I look forward to. It’s a great way for our staff and for me to give back to a community that we love.” In previous years, Giving Sight Day has yielded over $50,000 in complimentary exams and complimentary frames and lenses distributed to patients. It is the OAOP’s largest charitable event.

Clinics Participating in 2022 Giving Sight Day include:**(check here for a regularly updated list) BartlesvilleDr. Jamie Bennett @ Bennett Vision Address:  401 E Silas St, Bartlesville, OK 74003Phone: 918-336-4068Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmAppointment required - Call 918-336-4068 during business hours and let the office know you are scheduling for Giving Sight Day.  BartlesvilleDr. Jo'el Sturm @ Oklahoma Medical Eye GroupAddress:  3400 SE Frank Phillips Blvd, #202, Bartlesville, OK 74006Phone: 918-335-1515Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmAppointment required - Call 918-335-1515 during business hours and let the office know you are scheduling for Giving Sight Day. BethanyDr. Mark Privott @ Eye Care Associates of BethanyAddress:  7415 NW 23rd St, Bethany, OK 73008Phone: 405-495-5170Friday, September 30, 2022 from 8:00am-11amAppointment required - Call 405-495-5170 during business hours and let the office know they are scheduling for the Giving Sight Day. BristowDr. Zeddie Cantrell @ Dr. Cantrell's Vision SourceAddress:  121 W 7th Ave, Bristow, OK 74010Phone: 918-367-2020Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmAppointment required - Call 918-367-2020 ahead to schedule. Broken ArrowDr. Brittany Wolthuizen @ RoseRock EyecareAddress:  433 W. Stone Wood Dr, Broken Arrow, OK 74012Phone: 918-615-2696Date & Time PendingAppointment required - Call 918-615-2696 ahead to schedule.  CatoosaDr. Phillip Ford @ EyeCare of Catoosa HillsAddress:  2036 S Miller Lane, Ste E, Catoosa, OK  74015Phone: 918-266-3937Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 8:15am-11:30amAppointment required - Call 918-266-3937 ahead to schedule. EdmondDr. Bibin Cherian @ BeSpoke VisionAddress: 200 West Covell Rd, Edmond, OK 73003Phone: 405-341-2062Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmAppointment required - Call 405-341-2062 ahead to schedule. ElginDr. Bryce Geiger and Dr. Maddie Rhodes @ Geiger Eye CareAddress: 7758 US-277, Elgin, OK 73538Phone: 580-454-1756Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 8:00am-1:00pmAppointment required - Call 580-454-1756 ahead to schedule. EnidDr. Heath Stotts @ Enid Vision Source/Stotts EyecareAddress:  502 West Owen K GarriottPhone: 580-233-3599Monday, October 3, 2022 from 8:00am-1:00pmNo appointment - First come, first serve. GlenpoolDr. Kyle Tate @ Insight Eyecare GlenpoolAddress: 12140 South Waco Ave, Glenpool, OK 74033Phone: 918-296-3937Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-12:30pmNo appointment - First come, first serve. JenksDr. Peyton Porter @ Insight Eyecare JenksAddress: 301 W Main St, Jenks, OK 74037Phone: 918-296-3937Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-12:30pmNo appointment - First come, first serve. JenksDrs. Haley Baldridge, Jason Ellen, Alex Kinsinger, and Hannah Sanders @ Oklahoma Medical Eye GroupAddress: 244 South Gateway Place, Jenks, OK 74137Phone: 918-747-2020Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmAppointment required - Call 918-747-2020 during business hours and let the office know you are scheduling for Giving Sight Day. LawtonDr. Chris Swanson @ Complete Eye CareAddress: 4250 NW Cache Rd, Lawton, OK 73505Phone: 580-355-2020Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 8:00am-1:00pmNo appointment is required, it is first come, first serve within those hours.  LawtonDr. Kevin Stieb and Dr. Monique Leong @ Eye Care on GoreAddress: 1415 W Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505Phone: 580-355-3036Friday, September 30, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PMAppointment Required. Call 580-355-3036 to schedule. Midwest CityDrs. J. Brock Cherry, Corey Christensen, Chase Hunter, Sawyer Lee, Jonathan Poe, and John Smay @ Midwest City Vision SourceAddress: 2008 S Post Road, Midwest City, OK 73130Phone: 405-732-2277Friday, September 30, 2022 from 7:30am-12:00pmAppointment required - Call 405-732-2277 and tell the scheduler you are calling for Giving Sight Day.  Oklahoma CityDr. Irene Lam @ Bonavision Eye CenterAddress: 2815 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106Phone: 405-528-8200Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmNo appointment - First come, first serve. Oklahoma CityDr. Colby Ricks @ Vision Source OKC South Address: 10101 S Pennsylvania Ave, Ste A, Oklahoma City, OK 73159Phone: 405-691-3319Friday, September 30, 2022 from 9:00am-1:00pmCome to the office before September 23 to request a Free Eye Health Exam voucher. SallisawDr. Amanda Hatcher @ Total Eye Care, LLCAddress: 1105 E Cherokee Ave, Sallisaw, OK 74955-7611Phone: 918-775-4524Monday, September 26, 2022 from 9:00am-12:00pmVoucher required - Call 918-775-4524 during business hours and let the office know you are scheduling for Giving Sight Day. ShawneeDrs. Trevor Conklin, Kyle Karnish, Travis Kliewer, and Brianna Weber @ Shawnee Vision SourceAddress: 100 E 45th St, Shawnee, OK 74804Phone: 405-275-7676Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 8:00am-12:00pmAppointment required - Call 405-275-7676 and ask to be put on the Giving Sight Day waiting list. The staff will call back to schedule your appointment. TahlequahDr. Wyatt Williams and Dr. Jessica Livermont @ Keys Eye CareAddress: 17900 S Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah, OK  74464Phone: 918-207-0700Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmThe office will be open for walk-in appointments as available. TulsaDr. Brett Beasley @ Twenty Twenty EyeCareAddress:  7408 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136Phone: 918-794-6700Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pmThe office will be open for walk-in appointments as available. TuttleDr. Crystal Mosteller @ Tuttle Family EyecareAddress: 206 E Main Street, Tuttle, OK 73089Phone: 405-381-2244September 26-30, 2022, during business hoursAppointment required - Call ahead to make an appointment and sign up for a voucher.

OKLAHOMA CITY – September is World Sexual Health Month, and the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service (SHHR) at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is implementing a program that provides free self-tests to identify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to Oklahomans. 

HIV attacks the body’s immune system and if left untreated can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The test kits use a cheek swab to detect HIV and can provide results in about 15 minutes. Resources and information aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections are also included in the kit.

Kits can be ordered online at endinghivoklahoma.org, by calling SHHR at (405) 426-8400, or by sending an email to testkitrequest@health.ok.gov

“This test is part of our continuing effort to combat the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in Oklahoma,” said Terrainia Harris, director of the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service. “The more quickly we can get people tested and get people who test positive connected to the care they need, the quicker we can get control of this epidemic.”

The OraQuick In-Home rapid tests are made available through the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, launched in 2019 to reduce HIV infections in the United States by 90 percent by the year 2030. The initiative identified Oklahoma as one of seven states with the highest rural burden of HIV and provides resources and strategies critical to combatting the spread of the virus. 

The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and at least once a year if a person partakes in activities that might increase their risk.

People who test regularly are aware of their HIV status and can access HIV treatment and care more quickly and remain healthy for many years and possible their entire life. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on preventing disease. OSDH provides technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments in Oklahoma, as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.

Saturday, 17 September 2022 21:46

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole—you either love it or you don’t. My husband loves it, but the rest of the family would rather have just about anything else for dinner. Here is a Brief History of Tuna Casserole as well as a recipe for “Fancy” Tuna Casserole with White Sauce. For those who want a simpler version, try the recipe below. David’s mom made it for his family back in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Traditionally, the pasta in tuna casserole is egg noodles, but you can use whatever you have on hand—even macaroni or spaghetti will work as well as rotini or bowties. Try different flavors of soup. Mix up the vegetables. Add different cheeses. Add some shredded cheese into the casserole as well as on top. Use finely crushed breadcrumbs or French-fried onions instead of chips. Add your favorite spices. Add some sour cream with the soup. Use chunk light tuna or albacore. Make this recipe your own unique creation.


4 ounces wide egg noodles (slightly more than 2 cups)

1 (10.5 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

½ cup milk

2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna in water, drained

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

1 cup potato chips, coarsely crushed

Optional: ½ cup frozen peas

Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 1 ½ quart casserole dish; set aside.

Cook the noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions, just until al dente (about 5-6 minutes). Drain.

In a large bowl, whisk together condensed soup and milk. Gently stir in the cooked noodles, tuna, and peas (if using). Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Transfer mixture to prepared dish.

Sprinkle cheese on top, then crushed potato chips.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and inside is hot and bubbly.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is moving to Phase 3 in the JYNNEOS vaccine rollout beginning Monday, Sept. 19th.

Those newly eligible include:

Persons with an HIV diagnosis
Any man who has sex with men and has had a syphilis diagnosis within the last 12 months
Persons in a high-risk occupation, such as, sex professionals or persons who exchange sex for drugs, money, housing, or safety
Partners of individuals meeting criteria for PEP++
Women who are currently having sexual contact with a person who identifies as gay, a bisexual man, or a man who has sex with men
Healthcare workers providing direct patient care to persons who may be infected with monkeypox
Urgent care providers who provide direct patient care
Emergency room providers who provide direct patient care
Laboratory workers working with monkeypox specimens
Healthcare workers diagnosing and/or treating patients with STIs

“We feel confident we have enough JYNNEOS vaccine in the state to offer the opportunity for vaccination to more Oklahomans,” said Jolianne Stone, the State’s Epidemiologist. “We encourage those who are eligible to contact their trusted healthcare provider if they have any questions.”

Since the FDA approved an alternative dosing approach to increase the amount of available doses in each vial, one to now four to five doses, the state’s supply has greatly increased.

If an individual believes they meet the vaccine criteria they can contact their local county health department, call 211 option 8 or talk with their trusted healthcare provider.

For more information on monkeypox or to view the full list of criteria, visit Monkeypox (oklahoma.gov).

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on preventing disease. OSDH provides technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments in Oklahoma, as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.

Thursday, 15 September 2022 08:52


Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad, ideal for summer, which does not follow a particular recipe. The two ingredients that do not change are tomatoes and bread. Experiment with vegetables to find the flavors you enjoy most.


1-2 fresh juicy tomatoes, large

1 medium cucumber

1 can small mild olives, drained

1 medium onion, sliced

1 jar sun dried tomatoes and their oil

Handful of oregano, chopped

Handful of parsley, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

A pinch of sugar

Salt and pepper

1 loaf Italian ciabatta or French baguette (torn into pieces)


Chop the tomatoes and cucumber roughly into quarter inch cubes, and place in a large bowl.

Stir in all the remaining ingredients except the bread, and taste for seasoning.

Add some lemon juice if you want a more tart salad.

Put the salad in the refrigerator and leave, covered, overnight until you are ready to eat. The flavor will become something magical.

Immediately before serving, tear the bread into small pieces and stir into the salad.

For a little crunch, lightly toast the bread pieces before adding to the salad. For additional flavor and color, add chopped red, yellow, orange, and green peppers before refrigerating overnight. Or add a handful of cherry tomatoes. Increase the balsamic vinegar and add bread before refrigerating. Try cubed squash or pumpkin. Experiment until you find flavors you enjoy most. If the tomatoes aren't juicy enough, add a couple tablespoons of tomato juice.

Monday, 12 September 2022 20:34



Ooey-Gooey Goodness! Try this with a cup of coffee or ice cold glass of milk. You'll be glad you did.


Pecan Topping

1/2 cup butter {melted}

1/2 cup brown sugar {packed}

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup chopped pecans

Cake Batter

1 box vanilla cake mix

3 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

3 tbsp sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare Bundt pan by liberally spraying it with nonstick spray and set aside.

Pecan Topping

Combine melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt into a medium bowl and whisk until the brown sugar is slightly dissolved. Add pecans and stir until combined. Pour into the bottom of prepared Bundt pan and set aside.

Cake Batter

Combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water and sour cream in a large bowl and mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan and on top of the pecan topping. Be sure to spread into an even layer.

Bake in a 350° oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes run a knife around the edges of the cake. Then invert onto a cake plate and cool completely. If pecans stick to the bottom of the pan just use your fingers to remove them and place them onto the cake.

Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Grandma's Tasty Recipes

Sunday, 11 September 2022 07:44

Potluck Taco Casserole

It's even cooler today than yesterday so I'm definitely in the mood to bake. This tasty casserole is easy to prepare and has all the flavor of tacos in an easy to take and serve form. I plan to make it for our church fellowship lunch next week and put the toppings on the side. You'd definitely want to do that if you think you might have left-overs to reheat. We usually have 2% milk, but you can use whatever milk you prefer. If you have a home mix taco flavoring, use that instead of the packaged seasoning. I haven't tried using cornbread mix instead of the biscuit mix, but I think it would work well too and add a little bit of corn flavor too. Alternatively, substitute a cup of crushed tortilla chips for the biscuit mix. Yes, you can add corn to the meat before spreading into the baking pan or mix it into the batter. If you like black olives, add those to the toppings too. If you like guacamole, layer that on too or substitute it for the sour cream. Try substituting drained Ro-tel for the tomatoes. Add a layer of tortilla chips to the baking pan before pouring in the meat. For extra kick, add a chopped jalepeno to the toppings, or to the beef as it cooks.


2 pounds ground beef

2 envelopes taco seasoning

4 large eggs

3/4 cup 2% milk

1-1/4 cups biscuit/baking mix

Dash black pepper

1/2 cup sour cream

2 to 3 cups chopped lettuce

3/4 cup chopped tomato

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 green onions, chopped

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Spoon meat into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in biscuit mix and black pepper. Pour over meat. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5-10 minutes.

3. Spread sour cream over top; sprinkle with lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onions, and cheese.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Legislative Diabetes Caucus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma to host a statewide blood drive to raise awareness for diabetes. Caucus co-chairs Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Eddy Dempsey, R-Valliant, said the “Mission Express: Turn Blue for Diabetes” statewide blood drive is taking place through Friday, Sept. 16 and will provide an opportunity to address two of the state’s critical health needs.

“We wanted to partner with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to help raise awareness of this common blood disease that affects nearly one in eight Oklahomans while also helping increase our state’s blood supply,” Hicks said. “Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations and blindness but in most cases it’s preventable or at least treatable, so it’s important that we help educate Oklahomans every way possible. We’re grateful to the OBI for partnering with us to help spread the word.”

The Mission Express blood drive is the first of several special events leading up to World Diabetes Day on Monday, Nov. 14.

Dempsey, a Type 2 diabetic, was appointed as the caucus’ new co-chair last month.

“I’m pleased to be serving as caucus co-chair with Senator Hicks. Having dealt with diabetes most of my life, I know how important a healthy lifestyle and having access to proper health care are to managing the condition,” Dempsey said. “Unfortunately, many Oklahomans don’t understand the disease or how to improve their quality of life and prevent unnecessary health complications and even death. Events like this blood drive are crucial to getting the word out and helping reach more citizens. We hope all Oklahomans will join us as we turn blue for diabetes.”

Participants can go to any OBI location and let staff know they want to donate for Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma. To find the nearest OBI facility to you, visit www.obi.org.

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