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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one of this urgent care blog series, we listed 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person’s life. Today, our urgent care staff wanted to dive in a bit more and give you 3 more ways, in part 2 of this series, which describe how stress can introduce other problems.

1. Stress can ruin your teeth and gums.

Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth. While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear their teeth thin.

A multi-university study, in 2012, also linked stress to gum disease. Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.

Moreover, those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.

2. Stress can ruin your heart.

Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart, because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder, and increases your blood pressure.

According to the American Institute of Stress, the incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

3. Stress can make you gain weight.

In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.

Researchers at the University of Miami documented that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal. Those scientists recommended turning off the nightly newscast before eating dinner, to keep bad news — and overeating — at bay.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information will help you make decisions in your life which may keep your stress levels lower. After all, once you’re aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact you, the more equipped you are to defeat those “demons”.

Our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know even more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the final part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

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Thanksgiving in Oklahoma: Eating, Shopping, and Events in OKC

First Med Urgent Care: Thanksgiving!!!!!!

At First Med Urgent Care, we love being involved in our OKC communities, and we want to spread our love of Oklahoma to you by sharing some helpful Thanksgiving info! So here are few things we’ve complied on Thanksgiving events and tips if you live in Oklahoma!

Thanksgiving is about many things… family and friends, football, a little shopping, big dinners, counting your blessings and being thankful for what you have.

(First Med Urgent Care Clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but we will re-open the next day with normal business hours.)

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If the Thanksgiving dinner is something you can’t or don’t want to cook this year, check out this list of restaurants, featured on, that are offering Thanksgiving Dinners! These are a couple of the well-known restaurants actively promoting their Thanksgiving Dinner options.

Cracker Barrel – They’re known for great homemade food anyway, but they do Thanksgiving like you like it. Eat in the restaurant or get your meal to go. Either way, you can enjoy turkey or ham and some fantastic made-from-scratch pies. They’re open from 6-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

700 Cornell Pkwy
(405) 948-1151

Ingrid’s Kitchen – A popular spot in OKC for German cuisine since the late 1970’s, Ingrid’s also offers a Thanksgiving Day Buffet. With seating times of 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., the buffet includes all the traditional favorites as well as house specialties, and cost is $17.95 for adults, $9.95 for the kids 6 to 12 years old, and $6.95 for children under 6. Reservations are recommended.

3701 North Youngs
(405) 946-8444

Mimi’s Cafe – This chain is well-known for having holiday meals at their many locations across several states. Get all the traditional favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie as well as a few great specialties such as their whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar and spice. Mimi’s is open until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

3015 W. Memorial Rd.
(405) 302-3830

University of Oklahoma’s Faculty House – This restaurant and banquet center will be providing prepared Thanksgiving meals, enough to serve about 10 people, for under $90. Included with 18 to 20 pounds of turkey are potatoes, stuffing, green beans and dinner rolls. You can also get additional items such as cobbler and casserole at an additional cost but must order by November 18th.

601 N.E. 14th
(405) 235-8212

Rococo at Northpark Mall – The newest location of this excellent OKC eatery will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11-4 p.m. The “Bountiful Buffet” is $24.95 and includes items such as hand-carved turkey with giblet gravy, smoked salmon, sweet potatoes, baked acorn squash, desserts and more.

12252 N. May Ave.
(405) 212-4577

Western Sizzlin’ – This popular chain will have a first-come, first-serve turkey buffet with all the great Thanksgiving favorites on Thanksgiving Day. In past years, prices were as follows: Adults are $8.99, Seniors are $7.99 and children under 11 are $5.99. The little ones (under 4) are just $2.99.

1201 S. Meridian
(405) 946-4060

Also, here is another list of restaurants in Oklahoma that will be open on Thanksgiving if you just want to go out to eat.

1009 S. Air Depot (Midwest City)
Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(405) 736-6944

Deep Fork Grill
5418 N. Western Avenue
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(405) 848-7678

Grand House Asian Bistro
2701 N. Classen Boulevard
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 524-7333

Ingrid’s Kitchen
3701 North Youngs
Buffet Seating Times: 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
(405) 946-8444

Legend’s Restaurant
1313 W. Lindsey (Norman)
(405) 329-8888

801 Signal Ridge Drive (Edmond)
Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 341-2244

Mackie MacNear’s
Multiple Metro Locations
Open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mimi’s Cafe
3015 W. Memorial Rd.
Open until 8 p.m.
(405) 302-3830

769 Asp Ave. (Norman)
Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(405) 217-8454

Park Avenue Grill
1 Park Ave. (Skirvin Hotel)
(405) 702-8444

Rococo Northpark
12252 Northpark Mall
Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(405) 212-4577

333 W. Sheridan
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 702-7262

Shopping in Oklahoma
For many in Oklahoma, Thanksgiving Day is also a time to plan for Black Friday Shopping… If you are one of those brave souls this year, here are a list of malls where you can shop til you drop:

Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, Crossroads Mall or Sooner Mall.

Want to take family out of the house for some fun this Thanksgiving season? Below are some events throughout Oklahoma City.

Thanksgiving Events and Attractions

Here’s some ways to get out of the house with the family and experience all the season as to offer in Oklahoma City.

The Turkey Trot Classic takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
The Downtown in December festivities typically begin at Thanksgiving.
Watch the Holiday River Parade of boats on the Oklahoma river just after Thanksgiving.
Check the November Event Calendar at for other metro activities.
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving! Happy, safe travels if you will be on the road. Remember, First Med Urgent Care’s clinic locations will be closed on Thanksgiving day. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Friday the 29th and resume normal hours throughout the weekend. ​From our First Med family to your household, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Enjoy your time with friends and family and voice what you are thankful for each and every day!