By Marilyn Olson, Executive Director, VillagesOKC

VillagesOKC continues it’s free daylong workshops focused on senior health with “Listen to Your Gut” on February 21. The workshop at the Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Dr. will feature two speakers, a light lunch and resource tables. Presented by VillagesOKC, the lead sponsor is CompleteOK Home Health and Hospice.
Gut health refers to the health of the entire digestive system and the health of the microorganisms living in the digestive tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. When you eat food or drink liquid, your body breaks those items down into nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, etc.) as they travel through your digestive tract.
Debbie Ozment, DDS, MS, will address “Vitality Takes Guts: How Your Microbiome Impacts Health.” Gut microbiome is the collection of all the bacteria that live within the gut. Candace Sturlin, PA-C, will be speaking on “Wellness and Longevity of the Gut.”
Contrary to what many people believe, not all bacteria are threats to health. In fact, the gut microorganisms are critical to many of the body’s processes, and when these bacteria are healthy, they have a huge positive impact on our overall health. However, chronic inflammation can accelerate disease progression.
Dr. Ozment is committed to early diagnosis and intervention of periodontal disease to positively affect not only the mouth, but the entire body. According to Dr. Ozment, gum disease is an early warning of larger disease problems: heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis among other afflictions.
She has been a private-practice dentist since 1985. A graduate of Oklahoma University College of Dentistry, she served as adjunct faculty there for seven years. Dr. Ozment completed a Masters’ degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Trained at Mayo Clinic, she is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
Sturlin has extensive training and over 21 years of experience in Family Medicine, Anti-Aging, Emergency Medicine, Urology and Sexual Medicine. A graduate of Southern Nazarene University, she earned a Master of Science as a Physician Associate with Distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center College of Medicine. She joined Total Healthcare Partners and Wellness and Longevity in 2010 working along side Dr. Paul Rothwell to promote individuals living healthier lives through wellness to reduce sickness.
Registration for the free workshop is required on the VillagesOKC events calendar or by calling (405) 990-6637.