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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY JULY 2, 2010 5 D0H to collect BMI data in sc =ools; new Animal Protection of NM launches initiative will fill data gap ")r NM Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health will begin collect- ing BMI (Body Mass Index) lev- Federal funding will support NM PAL els for kindergarten and third grade students in 50 elementary schools in New Mexico this fall. No students will be identified through the population-based BMI monitoring system. BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. It provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight cat- egories that may lead to health problems. "This will help us measure the extent of the problem, iden- tify geographic or racial dispari- ties, tailor prevention programs effectively and track changes over time." said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. The Department of Health will provide schools with stan- dardized equipment and train school nurses how to collect height and weight data. The De- partment will analyze the data using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's BMI percentile analysis tool. The De- partment will provide each school with their BMI profile and will also conduct a statewide and regional BMI analysis by grade. sex and race ethnicity. The De- partment plans to survey 50 new schools each year. Currently, the state of New Mexico has obesity data on chil- dren age 5 and younger who par- ticipate in the Women. Infants and Children Program. and on high school students who self report during surveys every other year. This will eliminate a gap in data for elementary school students. "Our hope is to expand this Information courtesy SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN'S OFFICEI Washing- ton, DC U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has announced that the U.S. De- partment of Justice is releasing funding he helped secure to sup- port the efforts of the New Mexico Sheriff and Police Ath- letic League (NMPAL). Bingaman helped secure $275,000 in the fiscal year 2010 spending bill that funds the Jus- tice Department. "New Mexico PAL supports positive youth activities that give kids opportunities to succeed. I am always pleased to support this effective program," Bingaman said. The funds will be used to re- duce negative behaviors and pro- mote healthy behavioral patterns among New Mexico's youth by providing recreational, educa- tional, and cultural activities. NMPAL will be serving boys and girls between the ages of 6-18. $ou00kwes00 A=.e= ..I Dept:. o| Fisking Repo=.00 ' '"1 program every year so we can train every school district in New, Mexico to collect these impor- tant data about our children's health." said Patty Morris. who leads the Department of Health's obesity prevention efforts. "We will then be able to better mea- sure whether our programs are making a difference in reduc- ing our high rates of obesity. Schools can also use this infor- mation to monitor their efforts." Today, the Trust for America's Health released its annual report, "F as in Fat," which showed that in New Mexico, 14.6 percent of high school students are overweight, and 13.5 percent of high school students and 25.5 percent of adults are obese. The data for high school students came from the Department of Health's Youth Risk and Resiliency Sur- vey in 2009. Adult data came from the Department's Behav- ioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The elementary-school age BMI system is one component of the State's efforts to reduce obesity rates. The Department of Health collaborates with state and local agencies and commu- nity partners across New Mexico to help communities develop polices and programs that sup- port families in developing healthy eating and physical ac- tivity habits. The Department's program, Healthy Kids New Mexico, creates healthy enva- ronments and policies to em- power children, families and communities to make healthy food choices and increase physi- cal activity. The Department established the program with state and local partners in Las Cruces and has expanded to Chaves County and tribal com- munities. This fall, Healthy Kids New Mexico will begin a campaign to encourage elementary school-age children to limit how many sugar-sweetened bever- ages they drink. The Depart- ment will als0 :begin a pilot pro- gram to he}p elementary ,schools assess their environments, de- velop plans to promote healthy eating and physical activity and connect schools with bther lo- cal partners that can assist them. The State of New Mexico has already implemented 'other obesity prevention aeasures mentioned in the Trust for America's Health Report, in- cluding establishing nptritional standards for competitive foods. Call Gila River - The flow is at 38 cfs and the water is murky. Fishing is slow in the Middle and East Forks with Panther Martins, spinners and salmon eggs. Reports are fair at Willow Creek and fishing is good with salmon eggs off the Catwalk. Rio Grande - The flow is 2,160 CFS below Elephant Butte Dam. No fishing report. Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters - Trout are reported as good trolling cowbells. No reports on other species. Cabalio Lake - White bass and walleye are hitting on worms and fishing is good from the bank and trolling. Catfish are good with worms or minnows. Crappie are good along the west side Of tile lake using minnows. Elephant Butte Lake - White bass are ported avery good trolling shiners or sassy shad. Largemouth bass are good with white bombers or slab spoons. Walleye are fair using bombers, Rapalas, or shiners. Crappie are very good with jigging spoons and minnows. Striped bass are slow to fair trolling live bait. Most have been in the 20-22 pound range. Catfish are good on shrimp. Gienwood Ponds -Trout are reported as slow with salmon eggs or Power Bait. Lake Roberts - Trout are slow. Catfish are fair near the dam with chicken liver and worms. No reports on bass. Quemado Lake - Trout are slow with salmon eggs or corn. Tiger muskies are reported as good with yellow Z-rays or corn. A few over 40 inches were caught and released last week. Snow Lake - No fishing report. ' each and every one of you for the cards, flowers, food and offers of support during the loss of my beloved father, Saturnino astillo Madero. It was not that I did not want to show my gratitude. I lust uld not find the words at the time. Youf i at the services and ';P' presence thoughtfulness is truly appreciated. I I Thanks again. ill Saturnino Madero I ' and Family i I Train. Don't Chain. Campaign Submitted by APNM/ Albqueruque Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM), an Al- buquerque based ani- mal advocacy group, announced today the launch of Train. Don't Chain.@. a statewide campaign to end the cruel and dangerous practice of chaining dogs. Education and ad- vocacy efforts are im- portant elements of Train. Don't Chain.@ One tool being used in the campaign is APNM's public service announcement. "Even Dogs Have Dreams." (http ://w w w. apnm. org/c am- paigns/chaining/psa.php) which shows chaining from a dog's per- spective. APNM has also developed a Special TJ Site tour offered July 17 Submitted by GCDNMi Si/ver City Superintendent Steve Riley announced today that Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will offer a ranger-guided tour of the TJ Site on Saturday, July 17, 2010 Visitors to Gila Cliff Dwell- ings National Monument have the unique opportunity to ex- plore theTJ Site. an unexcavated surface pueblo that is usually closed to the public. This free tour of the TJ site will be offered on Saturday, July 1T h at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. The tour is limited to 20 people and reservations should be made in advance by calling the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461. While there is no established trail through the TJ Site. partici- pants are required to stay with the guides., To preserve the integrity of the site and allow future visi- tors the same opportunity to view this. site in the same condition. participants on the hike may not pick up or disturb any artifacts or natural features. Sturdy walking shoes and water are recom- mended. Visitors should dress for the weather, as the TJ Site is on an open mesa top and may be very windy. For further information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461 or e- mail Becky Latanich at new Web destination., which offers positive solutions and humane alternatives to chain- ing as it explores why chaining is a practice that should be relegated to history books. Users can learn about a variety of proper fencing options, how to build a better dog house, and how to provide the best care for dogs. To help people bring their dogs into their homes and families, the site also offers links to a free behavior help line and free dog training videos. It helps people locatedog trainers throughout New Mexico. In ad- dition to behavioral resources. the site includes detailed reports. articles and statistics about chain- ing dogs, plus examples of local ordinances in New Mexico that effectively address chaining (in- cluding the cities of Albuquerque, Edgewood and Hobbs). Pursuant to a 2007 legisla- tive memorial, APNM collabo- rated with the New Mexico De- partment of Public Safety to pub- lish a study regarding the public safety and humane implications of persistently chaining, or teth- ering, dogs. The 2008 report, "The Public Safety and Humane Implications of Persistendy Teth- ering Domestic Dogs," (http:// chaining/report.php) may be found at It serves as the foundation for the Train. Don't Chain.@ campaign, according to APNM. Chained dogs lack compan- ionship and as a result- are fre- quently anxious or frightened. These conditions can escalate to agitation and aggression, espe- cially the longer a dog remains chained. According to a study by the American Veterinary Medical As- sociation Task Force on Canine Aggression, 70 percent of fatal dog attacks and more than half of bite wounds requiring medical attention involve children. Fre- quently, such attacks occur when a chained dog lashes out. APNM Launches Train. Don't Chain.@ Campaign. According to Karen Delise, author of the book, "Fatal Dog Attacks." since 1965, chained dogs have killed at least 109 per- sons (25 percent of the U.S. dog bite/attack fa- talities since 1965); of those fatalities, 99 were children who wan- dered into the reach of chained or similarly re- strained dogs and an- other 11 were instances in which chained dogs broke free before at- tacking. In the period from October 2003 through September 2007, at least 175 chil- dren across the coun- try were either killed or seriously injured by chained dogs. Train. Don't Chain.@ em- phasizes that dogs are social crea- tures who thrive on positive in- teraction with humans. The cam- paign explains why chaining is inhumane. Chained dogs are de- prived of socialization and proper exercise, and are often left exposed to the elements. Chained dogs are forced to eat, sleep, uri- nate and defecate in the same lim- ited space. A chained dog can easily become injured or killed, either by entanglement, hanging or attack by other animals. Neck injuries caused by embedded col- lars. chains or cables are often so severe that euthanasia s the only option. Train. Don't Chain.@ also encourages people to become active and involved with their dogs through shared activities such as regular walking, running or hiking, or by taking part in agility trials, therapy programs, or search and rescue organiza- tions. The resulting health ben- efits to both dogs and their people add to the value of Train. Don't Chain.@ as a community project. Moreover, healthier, happier dogs mean safer communities. FACTS ABOUT CHAIN- ING DOGS: Chaining or tethering in- creases aggression in the vast majority of dogs. Dogs are social beings who should not be isolated on chains or tethers. Experts increasingly rec- ognize the practice of chaining or tethering dogs as a form of ani- real cruelty. Legislation to ban or re- strict the practice of chaining or tethering is gatnzng momentum. at both state and local levels, all across the country Please report animal cruelty to your local animal control of- fice or call APNM's statewide ani- mal cruelty hotline at 505-821- 9142. I LORDSBURq Little IEAqUE 2010 Monday, June 28 (Major League) 6:00 PM Cubs vs. Phillies 8:00 PM Rangers vs. A's Tuesday, June 29 (T-Ball) 6:00 PM Muckdogs vs. Rattlers 7:00 PM Sandgnats vs. Astros Wednesday, June 30 (Major League 6:00 PM Cubs vs. Cardinals 8:00 PM DBacks vs, Phillies Friday, July 2 (Major League) 6:00 PM Cardinals vs. A's 8:00 PM DBacks vs. Rangers The Lordsburg Little League Board of Directors would like to thank the following who have stepped up to the plate to sponsor our 2010 Season: CH'y of tordsburg Napa/Eamos Farms Oout4ty of Hidalgo Elbroek Water Systems Hidalgo Cou.Cy Herald Elks Lodge '11118 Kratberry's Family Ees'l'auratt lne. Tierra Verde Advisors, hte. Abeyta Physical Therapy atd gports Medleite Napa/gamos Farms Trail,tow. Ine. 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