Trinity Woods: A Dementia Friendly Community

By Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse

It’s funny how time changes our perceptions of what is considered normal. Not long ago, the word cancer was taboo. Lack of community involvement made the fight for your life one you fought almost alone. But time and understanding, and increased support have changed things, and it took a while to
get there. The diagnosis of dementia is following the same slow path.

Today we acknowledge that dementia issues are a real challenge to our collective future. All of us are likely to encounter cognitive challenges with those around us. Science tells us as we age one in four of us will be diagnosed with some type of dementia. And that person will need at least three people to provide adequate care. It can be a difficult road for each person in that scenario. With support, compassion and understanding for a person living with dementia and their loved ones, we can make a difference. Trinity Woods is a dementia friendly community, and we are proud of the work we’ve done to support families and loved ones living with dementia. We understand it takes a community to change the tide.

In the next few months, a series of presentations will be held to learn more about dementia and dementia care. Topics will include communication techniques, care challenges, the effects of different types of dementia diagnoses and a path forward. Whether you, your friend or a loved one has been diagnosed,
join us. Check your Trinity Woods calendar for information on the date, time, and location or call 918.346.6618.

April STARS Employee of the Month

Cecelia Moti, LPN, Health Center

Start Date: June 2022
Born and Raised: The countryside of Kenya
Wanted to be as a Kid: Police Officer
Favorite Sport: Field Hockey
One Meal Forever: Corn and Beans and Mashed Potatoes
Described by Friends: A good storyteller.
First Job: Teacher
Motivation: My 3 a.m. calls with my mother who reassures me that I’m at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and to always pray.
Favorite Movie: Gran Torino
Favorite Book: The River and the Source by Grace Ogolla
Free Time: Play acoustic guitar.
Fun Fact: She is a minimalist and never celebrates birthdays.
Favorite Bible Verse: Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10
What her supervisor says: “Compassion, professionalism, and exceptional care – Cecilia embodies the true essence of a caregiver who goes above and beyond for the well-being of our elders here at Trinity Woods.” – Anderson Bambokile, Priddy Harbor Household Manager

Seasons of Change and Transition

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Through seasons of change and transition, we can rest assured that one thing never changes, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” As we look at what the Bible says about the divisions of the year known as the seasons, we find assurance for the seasons of our lives as they change and transition. In the Bible, winter, spring, summer, and autumn are spoken about in relation to the agricultural
activities of planting, growing, and harvesting. The seasons of change and transition are also used to describe the lives of God’s people.

Everyone will experience change; however, change is not always the problem, it’s the transition or the adjustment to or acceptance of change. In other words, my difficulty lies in transitioning my internal
response to the external stimuli of change.

Change and transition are related concepts, but they have distinct meanings:
*Change refers to an alteration in a situation, circumstance, or condition. It can be external or internal.
*It is often visible and tangible—for example, moving to a new city, switching jobs, or adopting a new hairstyle.

Change can be sudden or gradual, and it can be planned or unexpected.
In an organizational context, change might involve restructuring, process improvements, technology upgrades or new leadership at the top.

*Transition goes beyond the surface-level change. It encompasses the psychological and emotional process that accompanies change.
*It involves adjusting to the new reality, letting go of the old, and embracing the unknown.
*Transitions are more about the internal journey—the feelings, thoughts, and adaptations.
*In an organizational context it can be when someone retires: the change is leaving the workplace, but the transition involves finding a new sense of purpose and identity.

In summary, change is the external shift, while transition is the internal process of adapting to that change. Both are intertwined and essential for growth and development. And remember we can all rely upon the One who does not change, Jesus Christ, to help us face all of life’s personal transitions.

April STARS Employee of the Month

Tasha Thomas, CMA, Memory Care Assisted Living Houses

Start Date: August 2023
Born and Raised: Okmulgee, OK
Wanted to be as a Kid: Ballerina
Favorite Sport: Track and Field
One Meal Forever: Lasagna
Described by Friends: Goofy and very friendly
Hobbies: Writing Poetry and shopping
Favorite Bible Verse: The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23
First Car: 1991 Mazda 626
Favorite Movie: Sleepers staring Robert DeNiro
Favorite Book: While My Pretty One Sleeps by Anne Canadeo
Motivated By: Knowing one day someone will care for me and I would like to be treated well.
What her supervisor says: “Tasha is a ‘one of a kind’ employee. She demonstrates all the values of Trinity Woods. She is honest, dependable, kind and is an asset to have on our team.” – Kathy Cloyde, Memory Care Households Manager

20 Years of Serving in the Spirit of Christ

By Steve Dickie, CEO

Serving Trinity Woods for the past 20 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.
This month I want to take the opportunity to say thank you as we pass the torch to a new leader.

What warms my heart as I say “goodbye”? I am thankful for the strong governance provided by the Board. I am grateful for the dedication and commitment of my colleagues on the leadership team. I am appreciative of all the love and support offered by the members of this great community.

As we look back on the last 20 years who could have imagined all the progress we would make as an organization? Moving to a person-centered model of healthcare, completing the development of Crestwood, promoting whole-person wellness, building the new Holliman Center, adding Memory Care Assisted Living, and completing the Community Life Center have all been major accomplishments!

Nothing is more gratifying to me than to witness the positive impact Trinity Woods has on the people and the families we serve.

Trinity Woods has an outstanding Mission: Serving the Trinity Woods family in the spirit of Christ. None of us lit the flame. That happened 68 years ago! But we are all responsible for keeping the flame of the mission of Trinity Woods burning bright.

I am pleased to share the Board voted unanimously to hire Garrett Lee as the next CEO of Trinity Woods. Next month’s issue of the Trail Mix will be devoted to introducing Garrett to the community. I look forward to seeing all that God still has in store for Trinity Woods.

Your neighbor and friend,
Steve Dickie

Please be watching for communication about events to honor Steve.

Stress, Depression, and Tips for Coping

By Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse

This time of year is full of family, fun, and holiday activities, filling many with excitement. For others it can also come with stress and anxiety. According to the American Psychiatric Association 2023 survey on stress, most Americans downplay their stress. According to the survey 67% say their problems are not “bad enough” to be stressed about, feeling others likely have it worse. Additionally, when asked, 62% reported they don’t talk about their stress because they don’t want to burden others.

Stress itself is not the problem. The problems come with how a person manages their stress and the resulting effects on the entire body. It’s crucial to understand the mental and physical impact of stress and what can be done to reduce harmful effects. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) there is a correlation between prolonged stress and depression. Experiencing “holiday blues” is common. You may feel temporarily tense, frustrated, lonely, or even sad during the winter months. If those symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect your ability to function normally, it could be signs of
clinical depression, requiring medical intervention.

No matter the cause of your low mood or negative feelings, it’s important to have a toolkit of healthy coping strategies. Moving your body through exercise is one of the best ways to combat depression. Spending time in nature is also a great option. Sharing your feelings with trusted loved ones- family or friendscan also help.

People want to help; sometimes all you need to do is ask for it. Consider volunteering. Find a volunteer opportunity you feel passionate about and give it as much time as you feel comfortable. If someone exacerbates your stress or anxiety, limit time spent with them, even if it’s a family member. Singing, writing, painting, listening to music, prayer, and meditation can help lift your mood. Develop a list of your preferences for moodboosting activities. Attach this list to the fridge and refer to it as needed. Set limits with yourself and with others.

Using these tools if your negative emotions begin to take over can make a difference. And remember that if you need help, you should seek it out. Contact your doctor and let them know how you feel. Combating stress, anxiety, and depression is vital to your mental and physical health. It’s important to get the help you need.

Learning More About Alzheimer’s

By Jacob Will, VP of Health Services

Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, has long been a daunting challenge for both those diagnosed and the medical community. However, recent years have witnessed significant breakthroughs in the understanding of the disease and new treatments. Being a board member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, I wanted to share with you some knowledge on
these new treatments.

For decades, the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain has been a hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s disease. All previous medications could only treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. New treatments aim to target and clear these abnormal protein deposits of beta amyloid. These treatments
work by binding to amyloid plaques and facilitating their removal, potentially slowing down the progression of the disease.

Two such treatments have progressed through Phase 3 trials: Leqembi and Donanemab. Leqembi has already gained FDA approval, and Donanemab has applied for such status. Both
treatments are similar in their attack of beta amyloid and have been shown to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s for around six months.

Early diagnosis remains crucial for maximizing the effectiveness of these treatments. Improved diagnostic tools and increased awareness of Alzheimer’s disease can help identify cases in their early stages, when interventions are more likely to be effective. Specific blood tests to identify high traces of beta amyloid are in clinical trials as well. Developing a simple blood test to find biomarkers for Alzheimer’s would
drastically cut down the cost and time associated with confirming a diagnosis.

The Tulsa Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the largest in the country coming in 6th for funds raised. These donations allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment, and, hopefully, a cure.

It is important to know that these treatments have been shown to slow progress but not stop it. There is not a cure yet. If you have specific questions about the blood tests, treatments or clinical trials, please contact your primary care physician. In addition, you can research this topic and more
on the Alzheimer’s Association website at Finally, there is an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group that meets on the Trinity Woods campus. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Crestwood 3rd floor meeting room. No reservation is needed, and all are welcome.

October STAR of the Month

Aaron Farr, Security

Start Date: August 2020
Born and Raised: Parishville, NY
Wanted to be as a Kid: Farmer
One Meal Forever: Prime Rib and potatoes
Described by Friends: Friendly, helpful, smart and kind
Hobbies: Target shooting and reading
First Job: Working for father as a bricklayer
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Quote: Ask not what it benefits you but what doing the right thing gives to all.
Family Recipe: Grandmother’s burger bean cups
First Car: 1968 Rambler Rebel
Favorite Book: Dan Morgan: Rifleman by Ernest E. Tucker
Collects: Rare books
What his supervisor says: “Aaron is a team player. He enjoys working at Trinity Woods and considers it a blessing to serve our members. He always tries to go above and beyond while providing excellent service. Aaron is an asset to the Security Department.” – Mark Fiedtkou, Security Director

October STAR Employee of the Month

Nita Dunbar, RN, Holliman Center

Start Date: February 2013
Born: San Diego, CA
Raised: Joplin, MO
Education: Tulsa Junior College
Wanted to be as a Kid: Lawyer, just like Perry Mason
One Meal Forever: Anything Mexican
Described by Friends: Loyal, always available and sweet
Hobbies: Traveling and shopping
Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see
in the world” – Ghandi
Family Recipe: Husband’s Birria tacos
Favorite Movie: The Wedding Singer
Free Time: Spending time with family and friends as well as her dog Max
Fun Fact: Favorite place to visit is Hawaii
Family: Married for 22 years
What her supervisor says: “Nita is a blessing to all that she encounters. Her ability to handle situations with poise and compassion provides peace of mind for members, families and employees alike. Nita’s attention to detail ensures that optimal care is provided to members in Holliman, Marshall-Gaddy, and Barnes. Nita is a part of what sets Trinity Woods apart from anywhere else.” – Britani Chappell,
Director of Assisted Living

Legacy Gifts and Becoming a Member of the Tin Man Society

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

What does it mean to leave a legacy? Simply put, it means leaving your mark on the future and making a contribution to future generations. At Trinity Woods those people are part of our Tin Man Society. Each member of the Society will be part of this community long after they are no longer living here. Imagine helping a future neighbor at Trinity Woods that you don’t even know and hasn’t even selected Trinity Woods for their home yet.

To join the Tin Man Society, simply inform us that you have provided for the mission of Trinity Woods in one of these seven ways.

1. Will or Revocable Living Trust: Designate a specific or percentage amount to go to Trinity Woods, Inc. A contingency bequest allows Trinity Woods, Inc. to receive the remainder and residue of your estate if other beneficiaries are deceased or cannot inherit.

2. Permanent Endowment: Current gifts that establish a permanent endowment to benefit the

3. Charitable Gift Annuity: You transfer your cash or property in exchange for a guaranteed fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.

4. A Charitable Remainder Trust: This type of gift pays you an income for life. With an Unitrust, there is the potential that your income could increase over time with growth in the trust. An annuity trust pays out a fixed amount each year based on the value of the property at the time it is gifted.

5. Insurance Policy: You can give your life insurance policy to Trinity Woods and receive a charitable income tax deduction. Then make deductible contributions each year that we may use to pay the premiums. You can also designate Trinity Woods as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

6. Beneficiary on Investment Account(s): Beneficiary designation on IRA’s, CDs, commercial annuities,
savings accounts, and savings bonds. Also, if you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to Trinity Woods from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA
charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our charitable

7. Donating your Membership Fee: A simple amendment to your Membership Agreement is an easy
way to give your eligible entrance fee refund. Contributing your entrance fee refund directly to the
fund of your choice is a simple way to benefit the community you call home as well as, there is no out-of-pocket expense to create the gift.

If you have any questions about any of these gift options, please contact our legacy office at 918.346.6639. By doing any of the above, one becomes a member of the Tin Man Society. We hope you will prayerfully consider leaving a lasting legacy. Trinity Woods is a community of kind and compassionate
people and through their generosity, others will be able to experience it for years to come.

Celebrating the Generosity of Legacy Giving

Many of us have causes we have donated to throughout our lifetime to help charities and nonprofits with funding their mission. But have you ever thought about what it would look like to continue that generosity past your lifetime?

In the philanthropy world that is called a planned gift or legacy giving. While donations during your lifetime usually answer the question: “How can I help today?”. Planned or legacy gifts answer the questions: “How can I help tomorrow?” and “How would I like to be remembered?”.

These types of gifts to a charity or non-profit organization are usually in your last will and testament. They can include a piece of property, cash, a percentage of your estate or, in the case of Trinity Woods a donation of your membership fee refund. Legacy gifts play a key role in supporting charitable organizations, that is why the Tin Man Society was created.

“In November the Tin Man Society will celebrate 10 years of people leaving their legacy at Trinity Woods by making a commitment to the future of this organization,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “Over the years gifts that have come from Tin Man Society members have really allowed Trinity Woods to do great things to continue our mission. These types of gifts are critical to making a difference for years to come.”

The Tin Man Society was established in 2013 by members as a way to ensure the mission of Trinity Woods endures. It is a legacy giving program that recognizes donors who support Trinity Woods through their estate plans, wills or gifts of assets.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tin Man Society through a legacy gift, you can learn more about opportunities on page 3 or feel free to reach out to Bonnie Polak at or 918.346.6639

Rivers in the Deserts of Life

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

Life sometimes gets hard. Things we don’t want to happen occur. Our plans vaporize. We find ourselves exactly where we never wanted to be—or perhaps we have to sit by and watch a loved one suffer.

Yet God gives rivers in the deserts of life. We want a way around them—for ourselves and for our loved ones. But God doesn’t promise to take us around the deserts of life—instead He promises to give us life-giving, refreshing rivers in the midst of them. Many times, it’s in the desert—in those hard times—we
learn to receive His miraculous provision and strength.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

Whatever you’re facing, whether it’s a big or comparatively small hardship, choose to thank God. Thank Him because it can help show you His provision. Thank Him for working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). Thank Him that He knows what it is to suffer—that He came and suffered on the cross so we would one day get to live again with Him in a perfect world. Thank Him for using suffering to refine and work eternal glory we cannot even comprehend (2 Corinthians 4:17), even though suffering was not part of His original creation but came as a result of the fall in the garden of Eden. Thank God for how He has proven His faithfulness to you and others in the past and know that He will be faithful to keep and guide you through this too.

As you choose to “rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16), you’ll find the refreshing rivers of His strength and joy in the middle of life’s challenges.

Summer School is in Secession!

By Irene Brown, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Wow! Trinity Woods is not only a community of lifelong learners, but we are blessed with an amazing number of talented, educated, and enthusiastic lifelong teachers as well. This year will mark the seventh year of Trinity Woods Summer School and I am excited to announce that it also is the year we have more classes than ever before, all taught by our very own community members in July and August.

The Wellness Team strives to off er lifelong learning programs on a variety of different topics. We recognize that people have a natural drive to explore, learn and grow and we encourage everyone to improve their quality of life and sense of self-worth by pursuing the ideas and goals that inspire them. Kudos to those who have stepped up each year of Summer School not only to learn but also to teach such fascinating classes.

Lifelong learning is good for your brain and for your self-esteem. Trinity Woods Summer School classes promote social wellness as we learn and discuss together. There is such a wide variety of classes offered this year that I know every resident will find at least one class to be of interest. From games to wine to end-of-life planning to science to theology and even more, there is a cornucopia of learning to be enjoyed!

All the classes will be held on the Trinity Woods campus. The classes are all at different times, which makes it easy to take part in as many classes as you wish. Peruse the fascinating course offerings and see what you would like to learn more about. For a full list of the classes offered in July, please see page 4 and 5. Class will soon be in session!

June STAR of the Month

Lori Morton, Member Services
» Start Date: May 2022
» Born: Rossville, Illinois
» Raised: Illinois and Oklahoma
» Wanted to be as a Kid: A physician or Novelist
» One Meal Forever: Fried Chicken
» Hobbies: Sewing, Crafting and Reading
» First Job: Waitress at Pizza Hut
» Favorite Holiday: Halloween, so I can dress up!
» First Car: Buick Regal
» Favorite Movie: Urban Cowboy
» Favorite Book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
» Free Time: Enjoys spending time with her dog Lucy a Red Heeler
» Fun Fact: She won “Top Sales Person” at her last job and she was the receptionist
» What her supervisor says: “Lori has great attention to detail. She is a bright spot in Crestwood and is
always kind and helpful to everyone on campus. It makes my job easier knowing I can depend on her.”
– Carri Matheson, Director of Member Services

Remembering the Good Samaritan

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

We all have heard the story of the Good Samaritan who came to the aid of a complete stranger in a great time of need. But what you may not know is that in 1961 Dr. John Webb, the appointed director of Oklahoma Methodist Manor (as we were called at the time), spoke to the then Board of Directors about a great need for our community.

Dr. Webb told the story of residents who were living on campus, solely by the generosity of gifts from people across the state. He said we were not just called to preach the gospel of the New Testament but also called into action. That was the beginning of what we know as the Good Samaritan Fund.

Today the Good Samaritan Fund continues to be a vital part of the mission and ministry of Trinity Woods. It addresses the needs of current and future residents who outlive their resources. This benevolence bridges the gap not covered by Medicaid. Over the past 5 years we have provided $1.2 million in funds for residents at Trinity Woods.

“The Good Samaritan Fund is what allows us to fulfill our brand promise to our residents,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “Once you move to Trinity Woods, you will be able to live out your days with peace of mind and dignity, knowing you will be cared for if you run out of money.”

A gift to the Good Samaritan Fund DOES make a difference. Remember that any gift of $300 receives a commemorative brick that will be engraved and located in front of the Community Life Center. A gift can be made as an honorarium or memorial in the name of someone who is living or no longer with us. All donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information or to make a gift, visit

Choosing to STRESS-LESS

By Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse

As I struggle to cover this topic, a looming deadline ahead of me, I admit to feeling a little stressed. It’s normal to some degree. However, unrelenting, debilitating stress is not “normal”. Stress Awareness Month serves to remind us to be aware of health consequences so we can make good choices for ourselves and our families.

According to the National Institute of Health, although life itself can often be stressful; when you begin to experience problems with your health, you may be at higher risk for developing anxiety disorders or depression. Stress can affect your immune, digestive, or cardiovascular systems, your cognitive capabilities, and even your sleeping patterns.

Amazingly, although stress can be debilitating and can cause and/or aggravate health problems, we don’t always notice stress is happening to us. Careful attention to your body may shed light on your stress levels. Some subtle signs of stress can be frequent or recurring headaches; overeating, indigestion, or constipation; tense muscles-especially shoulders and neck; hair falling out; jaw or tooth pain; frequent colds or cold sores; confusion or forgetfulness; and sleep disturbances- either sleeping too little or
too much. Do any of these symptoms resonate with you?

If so, what can you do about the stress in your life? Begin by being honest with yourself. Then take a closer look at your environment, your to-do lists, and your commitment to others. Make yourself and your time a higher priority. Exercise can be one of the most effective de-stressors. Long walks in the fresh air
help destress and may improve some of the harsh effects stress has on the cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Eat healthy regular meals, stick to a sleep routine, and avoid drinking excess soft drinks, coffee, or alcohol. Give yourself permission to say “No”. Keep a journal and write down goals along with your feelings and positive self-supportive statements. Identify and challenge negative and unhelpful thoughts and confide in friends and family who may help you cope more positively.

If you are struggling to cope and symptoms do not resolve or begin to worsen, it may be time to talk to a professional. You can find more information on the National Institute of Mental Health website at

April STARS Employee of the Month

Dunel Calixte, CMA, Holliman Center
» Start Date: June 2010
» Born and Raised: Jamaica
» Education: Tulsa Community College
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Photographer
» Favorite Sport: Soccer
» One Meal Forever: Chicken Enchiladas
» Described by Friends: Helpful and generous
» Hobbies: Writing Poetry
» First Job: Newspaper delivery boy
» Favorite Holiday: Easter
» Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
» Favorite Book: Bible
» Collects: Stamps and Coins
» Fun Fact: I love to cook!
» What his supervisor says: “Dunel provides personalized care to the members of Holliman and
will go the extra mile to bring joy to those he serves. Dunel’s dedication to his work is admirable and is
appreciated by all. Trinity Woods is like no other place to live and work because of employees like Dunel.” – Britani Chappell, Director of Assisted Living

Holy Week

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

Holy Week is a string of eight days that allow us an opportunity to reflect upon the shift in humanity Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross launched. It starts with Palm Sunday when Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem. The week leads us through the Last Supper, His crucifixion, and ends on Easter Sunday with His resurrection. This is the basis of Christianity. His sacrifice launched the New Covenant God promised and many had prophesied throughout the Old Testament. Each day of Holy Week allows us to peek into
the heart of our Savior at intently close proximity. His love for us is reflected in every significant step toward the cross, every breath up to the last, and His resurrection.

Though Jesus didn’t walk the earth incarnate until He was born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph, He exists and works throughout the entirety of the Bible. Scripture assures us that He was present at Creation with the Father, that He is the Word, and many prophecies were fulfilled explicitly during this final, holy week of Jesus’ life on earth.

During Holy Week, many biblical prophesies were fulfilled. Jesus came to earth to save humanity by dying on the cross on Good Friday and resurrecting on Easter Sunday. By enduring and defeating death sacrificially for us, He swung open the gates of heaven, allowing our sins to be forgiven and ushering us into the presence of God.

Due to the sinful nature of humanity as a result of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden of Eden, it’s impossible for us to be “good enough” to be in the presence of God and forgiven for our sins. Jesus died to make the way for salvation. The Old Testament Law offered many sacrifices to God, but Jesus was the perfect atoning sacrifice once and for all. He endured the cross out of His great love for us.

The crucifix does not signify defeat or failure. It reveals to us the love that overcomes evil and sin. ~ Pope Francis

Holy Week is a sacred opportunity to study the foundation of Christianity. Our God is not one of coincidence. Every step toward the cross was intentional, every lesson laced with His personal
love for all of us. Let each of us demonstrate unconditional love towards one another.

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Many Miles March

By Alison McMillan, Spann Wellness Center Manager

We’ve all heard again and again that physical activity is important, but why is it important and how can we increase our daily activity levels?

Nowadays, the average American spends almost eight hours a day being sedentary. The Sedentary Behavior Research Network defines a sedentary lifestyle as “any waking behavior characterized by an
energy expenditure less than or equal to 1.5 metabolic equivalents.” Living a sedentary life can lead to many health complications, such as increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,
increased risk of cancer, obesity, increased depression, decreased cognitive functionality, and increased mortality.

With television and internet entertainment, as well as desk jobs, leading to people sitting more, it’s extremely important to be intentional about your activity levels and getting the proper amount each day. The CDC currently recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, which is about two-and-a-half hours. They also recommend having two days dedicated to muscle strengthening-specific activity a week.

Adding and increasing your physical activity levels per week sounds daunting but there are so many ways to do so, and for it to be fun!

Here are some changes you can make in your life to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health:
– Take frequent breaks to get up and walk around.
– Park further away when going shopping.
– Go on a daily walk in the evening with your family, friends, or dog.
– If the weather is cold, head inside to your fitness center of choice and hop on a treadmill, elliptical, bike, or seated cardio machine.
– Swim laps in a pool.
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Seek out a fitness class or online fitness videos.

Make it a fun challenge this month! Track how many steps you take, how many miles you walk (or move on a cardio machine), or how any laps you swim each day. At the end of the month, you will be able to see your progress! See if you can increase your numbers each week, and feel the difference in how your mind, body, and spirit feel after increasing your physical activity levels this month!

March STARS Employee of the Month

David Kruse, Dining

» Start Date: August 2019
» Born and Raised: Tusa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Taller
» Favorite Sport: Marble Racing
» One Meal Forever: Kelsey’s Butter Chicken
» Hobbies: Longboarding
» First Job: Ranch hand
» Favorite Quote: “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
» First Car: 1988 Oldsmobile
» Favorite Movie: Interstellar
» Collects: 1995 coins or bills
» Free Time: Spending time with my daughter
» What his supervisor says: ““David is a very hard working and dedicated employee. He is always
willing to lend a hand when help is needed. We are lucky to have him on the team.” – Richard
Applegate, Director of Food Services

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