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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Pecosites net degrees at OC

Omar Salgado and Amy Chabarria received an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies from Odessa College during Spring Commencement held at 7 p.m., Friday May 11, in the OC Sports Center.

The ceremony honored 179 graduates. Odessa College President Dr. Vance Gipson delivered the commencement address.

Omar is the son of Rene and Lorenza Salgado and graduated from Pecos High School in May 2000.

Amy is the daughter of Benny and Becky Chabarria and graduated from Pecos High School in May 2000.

They will both continue their education at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin where they will pursue a Bachelor Degree in education.

Summer course offered at OC

Odessa College photography professor Steve Goff will teach two courses for the New Mexico Photography Field School this summer.

The Possibilities of Format: Making Photographs With Large, Medium and Panoramic Cameras (June 4-10) will explore the uniqueness of large, medium and panoramic camera formats as they can be applied to creative photography. Daily field trips will include exploring the possibilities of camera format while making pictures of exceptional locations and peoples in northern New Mexico.

Photographing Enchantment: A Joint Workshop With the Texas Photographic Society (July 23-29), is open to non-TPS members. The goal of this workshop is to understand and portray the power and magic of northern New Mexico, an amazing place that continues to draw artists from all over the world.

Fee for each workshop is $745, plus New Mexico sales tax.

For details, contact the New Mexico Photography Field School at 505-983-2934 ( and

Ordinary foods provide benefits

Children who drench their food with ketchup may be on to something. Ketchup and other tomato products are part of a group called functional foods.

This new category encompasses common, as well as fortified and enhanced foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

"Research is discovering new beneficial compounds in ordinary foods every day," said Claudia Conkin, a registered dietitian and director of food and nutrition services at Texas Children's Hospital. "As families focus on providing health meals for their children, they need to realize what is added to meal plans may be more important than what is eliminated," she said.

Although the advantages of functional foods may not be realized until later in life, introducing these healthy foods at an early age can have long-term benefits, some of which are unknown today, Conkin added.

Here are some examples of functional foods:

· Tomato products, such as fresh tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and picante sauce, contain lycopene, which reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

· Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta glucan that helps to reduce cholesterol.

· Purple grape juice provides polyphenolic compounds that promote healthy cardiovascular system.

· Fruits and vegetables are important because of the various phytochemicals that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

· Juices fortified with calcium reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Functional foods can be incorporated into meal plans quickly and easily to meet individual preferences, nutritional needs and active lifestyles, Conkin said.

· Color your plate. Many compounds that give food their rich color are the same nutrients or compounds that offer functional benefits. For example, carotene makes carrots orange and neutralizes free radicals, the oxidants that damage cells and tissues.

· Go for the whole. Whole fruits, vegetables and grains have plenty of vitamins and minerals and are packed with heart-healthy fiber.

· Be adventurous. A families' horizons and palates can be expanded by experimenting with a variety of foods and preparation methods.

"No single food can provide all the nutrients needed for optional health," said Conkin. "The American Dietitic Association reminds parents they can provide a healthy eating," she said.

Shrimp Festival planned in Balmorhea

The 1st Annual Shrimp Cookoff and Festival will be held on Saturday, May 26, in Balmorhea.

For more information contact Pat Brijalba, 915-375-2323; Norman Roman, 915-375-2206, after 5 p.m., or Kelly Rowden, at 915-375-1119.

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