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Building a Healthy Pantry

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Kathryn Kitchen

While striving to live a healthy lifestyle, life is made easier when the environment around us supports healthy choices. We spend most of our days at work, yet most of the food available at state agencies is not necessarily healthy. We at Thrive know that many agencies desire healthy food to be available at their locations.

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Kathryn Kitchen

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Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

Four Tips to Tame your Stress

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Kathryn Kitchen

During the month of April, Thrive is placing a focus on Stress Awareness Month. In our toolkit, we outline ways to identify signs and symptoms of stress, and how to determine the root cause of stress in your life. These are important first steps in controlling and managing stress, but let's take it a step further and outline four ways that you can mitigate the effects stress can have on your body:  

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

Meal Planning 101

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Kathryn Kitchen

It’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” This phrase is pretty versatile as it can mean different things for different people. For example, it could mean starting your day off with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a sporting event. It could also mean preparing food to “go further” at home by only buying what you need and not letting perishable items spoil. Today, I’m going to focus on the latter, specifically with meal planning.

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

No time to exercise? No problem!

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Kathryn Kitchen

Life is hectic. Our days are consumed by work, family commitments and other demands. It’s normal nowadays to be busy, but it’s important to take time for yourself among the busyness of your days. Ensuring you get enough movement (physical activity) in your life is one way to take care of yourself and your body. There are many benefits to movement. For example, movement can:

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

What's Your Word?

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Kathryn Kitchen

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

Find Your Why

Posted on November 9, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Whenever I admit to myself there is a flaw in my lifestyle that hinders me from being the healthiest person I can be, I want to change it. However, the hardest part of changing my routine is simply starting. I know I am not alone. 

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

Health Goals Around the Holidays

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Guys, it’s here! It’s really here! The holiday season has finally arrived! For me, this means it’s time for way too many holiday decorations, a house filled with the smell of pumpkin bread, finding the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and traveling to see lots of family and friends. It does not get better than this!

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

5 Simple Ways to Cut Down Your Spending

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Need to create a little more wiggle-room in your budget? No matter what your financial goal is at the time, it’s always nice to find a few ways to save yourself from unnecessary spending. Here are five ways to save some dough and cut down your spending:

1. Cut back on eating out

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Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."

What is Thrive?

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Thrive is a mighty team of 4 well-trained individuals, plus the occasional intern, with diverse backgrounds and expertise in several areas of health. The program, previously known as OKHealth, revolves around six pillars of well-being: financial, emotional, community, social, physical and purpose. Along with our new name, our new and improved mission at Thrive is to empower State of Oklahoma employees to be fearless, fulfilled, valued and engaged at work and in life. You can read more about our 6 pillars in the About Us section on our website.

Kathryn Kitchen's picture

Kathryn Kitchen

kathryn.kitchen@omes.ok.gov
Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."