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4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY23,2010 Animas/Lordsburg Excel kids with sponsors Bridget Payne and Melody Richins. Hidalgo County Youth Coalition attends By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Hidalgo County Herald Hidalgo County members of the Excel Youth Coalition at- tended the STARS National Con- ference in Fort Collins. Colorado. The conference was held at the Colorado State University chm- pus and approximately 500 teens from all over the U.S. were in at- tendance. The purpose of the STARS national conference is to promote healthy choices for teen- agers and positive youth devel- opment. During the week-long National Convention conference, teens all over the na- tion enjoyed speakers, perform- ers. workshops, and other activi- ties. Those who participated from the Animas/Lordsburg area were Merrilee Richardson. Kayla Shelton. Elizabeth Richins. Michael Gomez. Cory Sprott, Laura Carbajal, Ashley Martinez. and Micah Montiel Brigham, Payne, Brennik Payne. and Michael Barentine also attended as Youth Staff members. These Animas/Lordsburg kids are also part of the Youth Power Program which is funded by Hidalgo Medical Services. Brigham and Brennik Pavne were both nominated for FRIENDS FIRST National Men- tor of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year. The nominees for mentor of the year are based on number of hours worked, number of students served, and the integ- rity of their character. Coordina- tors and fellow students nominate mentors for their hard-work, de- termination, and commitment to their youth program. Brigham Payne (far left) and Brennik Payne (far right) with other nominees for FRIENDS FIRST National Mentor of the Year Fun in th e sun cou Submitted by UNIV. of WISCON- SIN Attention. desk jockeys: ditching the cubicle and com- puter screen this summer can be good for your health, While the hazards of summer - sunburn, bug bites, swimmer's itch and so forth - are well- known, the hot season offers plenty of health advantages the desk-bound may overlook. Dr. David Rakel, an associ- ate professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin and medical director of the UW Health Integrative Medicine pro- gram, says the human body needs to connect with nature and the outdoors to build greater immu- nity to disease. "A theory called 'hygiene hypothesis' suggests we are stay- ing too clean by remaining in- doors with our hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap, and not train- ing our immune system to be- come fully developed," he says. "There's some promising research that shows kids who grow up play- ing in the dirt and on farms actu- ally have less asthma and aller- gic rashes of the skin. In essence. kids who are exposed to bacteria and elements in nature train their immune systems to be better bal- anced, so in the long run, they may remain healthier." Rakel says getting outside at any time of the year, including the winter, is helpful. But the summer sun seems to provide even greater benefits, so long as it's done in moderation and the skin is not over-exposed. "It could be the longer days," he says. "You also get to appreciate the sense of commu- nity. There are more picnics, more triathlons, and more family reunions. People are leaving their homes and making social con- nections, which are important to good health." Rakel adds that nature also has a positive impact on mood, and he often finds that his pa- tients are less dependent on anti- depressants when it's sunny and warm outside. "It's what research and com- mon sense are pointing at," he says. "If I'm out in nature sur- rounded by beautiful trees, blooming flowers, watching my child play soccer with my neigh- bors, I'm going to perceive that as a more positive experience than sitting inside a cubicle with recycled air," .... Rakel says the good feelings Id lead to better health that come from being outside trig- ger the release of neuropeptides, which are proteins in the brain that have a positive effect on the overall function of the body when triggered by positive per- ceptions. "If your mind is cluttered with the stresses of the day like the big project you have at work or your child not doing well in school, take a walk in nature and concentrate your attention on the flowers, the beautiful pine trees or the bumble bee," he says. "That can be a great opportunity to get your mind out of its cha- otic stories." Katherine Bonus, founder of the mindfulness program for the UW Health integrative medicine program, says connecting with the outdoors can be tantamount to meditation. "It could serve as a simple meditation practice for all the times we feel too busy to notice we are alive, too busy to notice it's summer and too busy to re- member both are impermanent," she says. "Step outside several times a day, feel the sun and wind on your skin, notice the sights and sounds of summer, and enjoy those moments. BAMH idati Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc. will be consolidat- ing Lordsburg offices. As of Au- gust 1, the Outpatient Office will be moved from 524 DeMoss Street Suite 9 to the Kokopelli Office at 332 Motel Drive (on the corner of Animas St. and Motel Dr.) If you have an appointment for ser- vices in Lordsburg after August 1, please come to the Kokopelli office for that appointment. Ques- tions? Call 575-542-3304 or 575-542-9477. Mix up your beverages and drink moderate amounts Submitted by UNIV. of WISCONSIN "Drink your liquids" is not just a summertime mantra. What you drink and in what quantity has a huge effect on your kidneys and other organs, year-round, says Dr. Kristina Penniston, a clinical nutritionist with the University of Wisconsin School of Medi- cine and Public Health. "Diversify your beverages and, actually, drink moderate amounts of them," suggests Penniston. How much? "Depends on what you're doing," says Penniston, who works with kidney specialists. "Are you sweating during physical activity or sitting at a desk being sedentary?" Be aware of the pros and cons of various drinks. Grapefruit juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, but shouldn't be taken by people on certain antidepressants or choles- terol-controlling drugs. Lemonade and orange juice help prevent kid- H ney stones, but are laden with sugar. Same goes for sweetened cran- ! berry juice, which works against urinary tract infections. Non-diet sodas are off the charts with sugar. And too much diet soda affects kidney health, says Penniston. Vegetable juices are good It but they have large amounts of sodium, as do sports drinks. r Water is always best. (Contact: Aaron R. Conklin at (608) 263-5561 or aconklin @ [ Hidalgo CounO By BECKY ESTRADAISenior Program Manager The fall 2010 semester is fast approaching us, classes begin on August 16'h. There is still time to come in and register and apply for financial aid. The fall semester, for Lordsburg, is doing very well. It is good to see the number of students who have registered for classes. The following courses are being offered at the Hidalgo Learning Center for the fall semester: ACAD-101-10868 Stu~ Success Sem Tues. 5-7:45 HCLC CJUS-111-10309 Intro to Criminal-Justice T,T 2-3:15 HCLC CMPS-111-10902 Computer Lit-PC Thurs 6-8:45 HCLC COMM-110-10902 Public Spkg Tues. 6:30-8:45 HCLC DVSM-101-10758 Dev. Math Wed. 5-7:45 HCLC DVSW-101-10952 Dev. Writing I Tues.5:30-8:15 HCLC DVSM-102-10951Dev. Writing II Wed. 6-8:45. HCLC ECED-232-10770 Curt. Dev. Play Birth=4 Tues 4-6:45 HCLC HIS-201-10322 AmerHistory I Man 5-7:45 ~rlCLC NUR-106-106 Nursing Asst. I TBA The last day to add a course without instructor's signature is August 20th. Late registration fee of $50 begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Au- gust 2Yd. Completing your enrollment is Friday, August 27th. Last day to register or Add/Drop (adding courses will require permission) is Friday, August 27th. Disenrollment for non-payment is Friday, August 27th. 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