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Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Study abroad offers opportunities

The internet has been instrumental in bringing global communities together, but experiencing a new culture first-hand is still the most gratifying. What does it feel like to be immersed in a foreign culture? To speak a foreign language outside of the classroom? Or more importantly, to return to Pecos after a summer, semester or year abroad, exhilarated by the knowledge you've gained?

American Youth Abroad (AYA) helps high school students find the answers to these questions and more in its new 2000 Brochure, with study abroad opportunities in Austria, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Holland/the Netherlands, Russia and Spain. There are more than 25 study abroad programs; costs range from $1,995 to $7,795.

AYA is a not-for-profit program sponsored by the American Institute of Foreign Study Foundation, which is based in Stamford, Conn. For nearly 35 years, AIFS has been a leader in study abroad programs for American and international students. Close to one million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs all over the owrld, with great success.

Students who choose to study abroad are not the only ones who benefit. By hosting an AIFS Academic Year in America international student, Pecos famiies can earn up to $1,000 towards exciting study abroad programs or up to $500 on summer or winter travel/study programs. In this way, students and individual families can experience all the unique aspects of a different culture.

The chance to study abroad gives high school students an added edge; the knowledge they gain will put them ahead whether it's in college, in a career, or in cultivating a broader understanding of the world we live in. To receive the new AYA 2000 brochure, call Andrea Baskinger at 1-800-322-4678, ext. 5164, or send your request via e-mail to You can also visit AYA online at

The deadlne to apply is April 15, so don't wait.

Phillips to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Fifty years ago on March 26, 1950, Pearl Marie Shelton and Harold Eugene Phillips joined hands and united as husband and wife.

Now, fifty years later, Woody Phillips and Jana Davis, invite you to celebrate with them the Golden Anniversary of their parents.

The event will take place from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at 2012 Jackson Street in Pecos.

Your friendship is a treasured gift, we request no other.

Too much juice can cause discomfort

Don't automatically blame milk for a child's intestinal discomfort. Too much juice containing sorbitol, a naturally occurring nondigestible form of sugar, can cause similar symptoms.

"Most children experience some stomach cramping, gas and even mild diarrhea after consuming too much juice containing sorbitol, said Dr. Carlos Lifschitz, a pediatric gastroenterologist with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Although humans can't digest sorbitol, when intestinal bacteria feast on this sweet treta they generate gas and discomfort. High levels of sorbitol can also pull water into the intestines, causing loose stools. The laxative affect of prune juice is due to its high sorbitol content.

According to Lifschitz, the most common sorbitol-containing juices to cause problems in children are apple, pear, peach and cherry.

To help keep juice a healthy part of a young child's diet, offer no more than one or two four-ounce servings per day and avoid offering juice before mealtime to avoid ruining appetites, Lifschitz said.

Water helps regulate body system

If your mental alertness, physical appearance, endurance and energy levels aren't up to par, you might need more water.

"Most people need at least eight glasses of water each day," said Becky Gorham, a research dietitian with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "But the amount of water needed can be affected considerably by body size, activity level, altitude, physical health, caffeine and alcohol consumption, air temperature, humidity and the amount of fiber in the diet," she said.

Good hydration helps give skin a healthy look, cushions joints and helps prevent constipation. On the other hand, poor hydration can impair physical performance and mental altertness and increase the risk of kidney stones.

According to Gorham, signs of good hydration include:

·Urine that ranges from clear to straw-colored. Dark urine is a sure indication of poor hydration.

·Regular urination. Healthy individuals should be able to urinate every hour or so. Less than that suggests your body is desperately hanging onto every drop of fluid it can.

·Regular bowel movements. Poor hydration can cause constipation.

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