Building on Tradition is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2019. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published Feb. 17, 2019, focuses on the health care industry, its members, careers and concerns.

Other sections include:

• Building on Tradition: Northwest Oklahoma, Feb. 24, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Economic Development, March 3, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Education, March 10, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Arts & Entertainment, March 17, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Agriculture & Energy, March 31, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Faith, April 7, 2019

• Building on Tradiiton: Community Service, April 14, 2019

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"One medical study indicates that hearing technology can stall dementia because of the persistent input to the brain. Another indicated that hearing impaired people with this technology were less likely to be isolated and lonely, especially as they got older." — Carmen Ball, Hedges Speech and Hearing

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"The amazing thing about the eye and the reason why that’s so important is the eye is the only place in the body that you can see blood vessels without having to cut into you. So whatever’s happening in those blood vessels in the back of your eye is happening elsewhere in your body." — Justin Funk, optometrist

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The state of Oklahoma has the third-highest adult obesity rate nationally and fifth-highest for adolescents, according to data from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Obesity is a problem that has been discussed at length, but the rates continue to rise, regardless.

Coming to Enid weeks before the Land Run of 1893 centennial, I fell in love with the heritage. I started as Enid News & Eagle education, legislative and business reporter, was promoted to news editor in 1999 and currently am digital coordinator.