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Rainy Day Round Up

Wet weather have you stuck inside? Our website offers endless inspiration for Oklahoma City families looking to have fun inside. Inclement weather offers the perfect opportunity to try a new indoor activity. The Oklahoma City metro is full of great places to play indoors. Here are a few of our top resources for indoor play in the metro area:

Earth Day Facts

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to inspire awareness about our natural environment. To celebrate the occasion, the U.S. Census Bureau has put together some facts and figures about our amazing planet. We've listed some insightful household figures below so you can see how you compare to the rest of the nation is terms of sustainability.

Celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is holding free community events to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations and arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

New App Helps Families in Severe Weather

Severe weather season is here and the American Red Cross is urging Oklahoma residents to take steps now to stay safer when severe weather hits. A great way to prepare for bad weather is to download the free Red Cross Tornado app to your phone.

Reader Tips for Preparing for Summer Camp

Rebecca’s mom, Kristen Hatton, has been sending her daughter away to camp since she was just 9 years old. While it wasn’t easy at first to watch her daughter go experience things without her, she said the benefits have been worth it. Kristen and Rebecca answered some questions for MetroFamily readers to help their kids get the most out of the summer camp experience.

Measles Confirmed in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is investigating a confirmed case of measles in Stillwater located in Payne County. This is the first confirmed case in Oklahoma since 1997. Measles was identified in an international traveler to Oklahoma. The individual is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off campus. OSDH is working with the Payne County Health Department, Oklahoma State University and local medical facilities in the investigation.

Blue Bell Listeria Recall Impacting Oklahoma

​A recent recall from Blue Bell Ice Cream has been expanded to a variety of products and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department wants Oklahoma residents to be extra careful to avoid affected products. Blue Bell has expanded the recall after five people sought care following a facility in Texas testing positive for Listeria. These people had consumed milkshakes containing a product called “Scoops” which are pre-wrapped ice cream scoops. Three of these people died.

Study Released on Health of Local after-School Programs

A study released this week reports that after-school programs in Oklahoma are an effective tool in preventing childhood obesity and that the majority of local parents believe their kids are fed healthy snacks at after-school programs. The report relied on the findings of a study called Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. The survey was conducted by Shugoll Research for the Afterschool Alliance.

Oklahoma Ranked One of the Worst States for Women

In honor of Women's History Month, WalletHub compiled data from across the country in their annual study of Best and Worst States for Women report. Thirteen key metrics were analyzed ranging from health care and life expectancy to income and unemployment rates. The study ranked Oklahoma 48th on the list, making it one of the worst states in the country for females. Here is how Oklahoma ranked in each of the 13 categories:

Coping with Daylight Saving Time

Springing forward and falling back is tough on everyone, especially kids. We will lose an hour of sleep this Sunday but we're trying to make it a little easier on you by sharing some handy tips and tricks from across the web. While we can't give you more time to snooze, making some simple adjustments to your schedule and habits can make you feel a little less groggy next week.
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