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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, September 29, 2016

Obesity medicine expert says weight bias by physicians harms patients


Nearly 70 percent of obese patients have encountered weight bias from a physician, leading many to avoid getting the health care they need, Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical professor of pediatrics, recently told attendees of the 121st Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Anaheim, California.

As a result, patients with obesity are more likely to delay or cancel appointments, avoid preventative care and engage in unhealthy weight control measures or binge eating, research shows.

“Obesity is not a matter of willpower. It’s a complex condition with negative impacts on a patient’s mind, body and spirit,” Fugate said. “Confronting our attitudes toward this disease is an important facet of providing high-quality care for patients.” Read more.

United Way campaign kicks off Oct. 14 with luncheon

OSU-CHS will launch its 2016 United Way campaign on Oct. 14 with a come-and-go luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Founders Hall. The campaign will run through Oct. 21.

Additional activities during the week include daily lunches and snack breaks, a scavenger hunt, a movie screening, a Reps for Cash competition and miniature golf. The week-long campaign will wrap up with a Friday Fun Day from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 21. The event will feature a rock wall, football challenge, an obstacle course and more. The cost for lunch is $5, snacks are $2 and Friday Fun Day is $5. A one-time $35 pledge will get participants a pass for every activity.

Employees will receive their pledge cards via campus mail next week and are encouraged to complete them to be entered in prize drawings. Completed pledge cards should be delivered to Bria Taylor, director of Outreach and Special Events, in person or by campus mail.

OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa have set a combined goal for 2016 of raising $60,000. Contributions support the Tulsa Area United Way’s 60 partner agencies that serve more than 50,000 people in the six-county service area. To learn more about the campaign, visit the OSU-CHS campaign website.

Orange Pride award celebrates staff excellence

Orange Pride logo

OSU-CHS is launching an initiative to recognize staff excellence. The Orange Pride award is presented quarterly to a member of the OSU-CHS staff who demonstrates outstanding customer service skills and efforts above and beyond in service to the university.

Orange Pride winners will be highlighted in The Center and receive a framed certificate and $100. In addition, a plaque recognizing all Orange Pride recipients will be displayed on campus.

Current OSU-CHS staff can submit a nomination for the Orange Pride award on the OSU-CHS website. Submissions will be kept under consideration for six months. To submit a nomination, visit the OSU-CHS Orange Pride website. For more information, contact Director of University Affairs Ashley Adkins.

Rural Oklahoma photo contest celebrates National Rural Health Day

OSU-CHS student Kaitlin Sauser submitted the winning photo, Grandpa’s Barn, in the student category in last year’s Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest.
OSU-CHS student Kaitlin Sauser submitted the winning photo, Grandpa’s Barn, in the student category in last year’s Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest.

Showcase the beauty of rural Oklahoma and celebrate the 6th annual National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17 by entering the OSU Center for Rural Health’s photo contest.

Photos of life in rural Oklahoma, including animals, landscapes and community events, will be accepted in one of two contest categories – public or OSU-CHS students. Submissions must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, Nov. 17. One winner from each category will be selected and announced no later than Dec. 2 via Facebook or email.

Submit photos by posting entries to the OSU Center for Rural Health Facebook Page with "Photo Contest: (photo title)" in the caption with the eligibility category (OSU-CHS student or public) or email photos to the OSU Center for Rural Health and they will be posted. The location of the photo should also be included with the submission.

The OSU Center for Rural Health will select the favorite submission in each category and display them on the Rural Health Blog. Winners will also be featured in The Center. To view additional rules and information, visit the OSU Rural Health Blog website.