New Model Discovery! Angel Garcia, Very Handsome, Personable, Sales Verifier, Journalism Major and Model

Angel Garcia, Photo by Gil Van Policarpio, Copyright 2011 8PAK.COM All Rights Reserved

The Editors of 8PAK.COM are most pleased to introduce our “Latest Model Discovery”, the very handsome and personable, Angel Garcia.

Angel who is 25 years of age, is from Quezon City, in the Philippines, where he is currently working as a sale verifier and part time model. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 135lbs. His ready to wear clothing sizes are small to medium, and his shoe size is 9.

Angel’s favorite hobbies and activities include; working out, surfing the net, watching television, and swimming. His favorite cuisine is Japanese food, with sushi and sashimi being particular likes.

He tells us that his favorite actors are Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, and Jim Carey; while his favorite actresses include Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Bullock, and Natalie Portman.

In the modeling field, Angel’s picks include; Guy Tang, Marcus Schenkenberg, John Abraham, Peter Le, and Tyson Beckford.

When we asked Angel to tell us what he considers his goal in modeling to be, he responded that; “I want to be able to have people remember my face as “that guy from the magazine, billboard, TV Ad, runway show..etc” ”

As far as his longer term goals he relates that “I want to be a full-time model or events organizer. ”

In answer to our question as to how he would describe himself in a few words Angel told us that; “I am witty, eccentric, intelligent, fun to be with, and a cut above the rest. ”

We could not have summed it up any better! Angel truly is a fun person to be around. His intelligence, great good looks, and modeling ability are sure to take him far! We are certain that we will be seeing much more of him in fashion shows and the media, and that he will be successful in achieving all of his goals!

Angel Garcia, Photo by Gil Van Policarpio, Copyright 2011 8PAK.COM All Rights Reserved

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Summer Athletes Need to Take Extra Precautions

Hot weather can cause problems – even for healthy individuals

Newswise — While many of us are at the shore or in an air conditioned buildings, the student athletes that make us proud throughout the year may be sweating it out on the field this summer.

Whether soccer camp or football conditioning, no matter what the sport, any type of training in heat and humidity can put children and teens at risk of heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, circulatory collapse or heat stroke.

Toni Salvatore, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Center at Greenwich Hospital, says that summer heat puts parents and coaches in a quandary. “Practice is a necessary part of getting ready for the season, but safety is paramount,” she says. “As a coach or parent I would have a very low threshold if a child complained of anything from dizziness to nausea while playing sports when it’s uncomfortably hot out.”

The most important measure for keeping young athletes safe in extreme heat is “hydration, hydration, hydration,” says Dr. Salvatore. Drinking adequate amounts of fluid before, during and after practice is key to preventing heat-related illnesses by keeping blood volume high to support circulation. Dr. Salvatore suggests athletes doubling the amount of fluid they might normally consume during practice when playing in the heat. “So if you normally have an 8 ounce glass of water during a break, make it 16. Choose water and occasional sport drinks with added electrolytes for a serious athlete,” Salvatore says.

Follow these tips to help children and teens prepare for practice or games in extreme heat:
• Wear light colored, breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton.
• Bring a spray bottle and periodically mist the skin; or apply cool, wet cloths.
• Take frequent breaks between drills.
• Eat a light, healthy meal a few hours before practice.
• Avoid the sun and work out in shaded areas whenever possible.
• Avoid sports drinks that contain caffeine, which can act as a diuretic. (Water is the best form of hydration.)
• Inform a coach if your child has had prior heat-related illness.
• Don’t rely exclusively on thermometer to assess heat risk. Humidity is a major factor in how the body perceives exertion.
• Apply, and reapply, sunscreen.

Be on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke or other weather-related issues. Begin hydration immediately for a child who has stopped sweating (a serious symptom), has hot, dry, red skin, or who reports they feel lightheaded or dizzy. Other symptoms include nausea or vomiting, and skin that is pale and moist. In addition to water, stop the activity and seek immediate medical attention for any young athlete who exhibits these symptoms.

Released: 7/5/2011
Source: Greenwich Hospital

Via Newswise

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Summertime is Vacation Time, Here is a Healthy Vacation Checklist to Make Sure It’s a Great One!

NEW YORK (July 2011) — There are millions of vacation destinations to visit this summer and thousands of sights to see, but there is one surefire way to ruin your trip — getting sick. Although you may not be thinking about viruses and bacterial infections when you plan your trip, there are a few nasty bugs you should be aware of as you pack your bags.

“The world is big and beautiful and we can enjoy it at our own pace without taking unnecessary risks and by protecting ourselves whenever we can,” says Dr. Mirella Salvatore, acting director of the Travel Medicine Service of the Division of Infectious Diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Salvatore offers the following checklist to help you stay healthy and active in whatever corner of the world you may find yourself this summer.

* Update your vaccinations. If you are planning a trip you should consult your doctor or a travel medicine specialist four to eight weeks before you leave to make sure that you are up to date with the routine vaccinations, including tetanus, MMR and pneumococcus for the elderly. High-risk destinations may require additional vaccines. Elderly travelers and people with health issues should check with a physician even before booking a trip to a high-risk destination.

* Pack a healthy travel kit. Prepare a separate bag that will get you through any unforeseen illness and help you manage any chronic conditions while away from home.

* Bring all your medications with you. Do not assume you will be able to find your medications in a foreign country. This includes any prescription or over-the-counter drug that you take regularly or occasionally. Keep all drugs in their original containers to avoid any problems with customs officials.

* Pack Imodium for mild diarrhea. While on vacation, only eat meat that is thoroughly cooked. You should also steer clear of raw vegetables, dairy products sold by small independent vendors, and any dairy products that seem to have been left out in the sun. You should also talk to your doctor about bringing an antibiotic for the treatment of traveler’s diarrhea.

* Pack acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or fever. However, you should consult a physician immediately if you have any of the following symptoms while on vacation: bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, high fever or dehydration.

* Don’t forget the insect repellent. Bring insect repellent containing 30 percent to 35 percent DEET. Insect repellents reduce the chances of infection with insect-transmitted diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Use a bed net at night if you are in a malaria region.

* Also remember to include important first-aid supplies. Your travel bag would not be complete without sunscreen, antibacterial wipes or gels, and first-aid supplies such as Band-Aids, disinfectant and antibiotic ointment.

* Keep your emergency contact information handy. Have copies of emergency contact numbers, copies of all evacuation insurance, and contact information and addresses for local embassies.

* Suggestions for long flights. If you are on a long flight you should also try to stand up and walk and/or stretch for several minutes every hour or so, to avoid blood clots that can form in your legs. To avoid jet lag, eat a light meal during your flight, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

* Drink water. Travelers frequently become dehydrated during long flights. Drink fruit juices or bottled water to prevent dehydration during your flight.

Released: 7/1/2011
Source: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Via Newswise

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News You Can Use: Top Five Ways to Sunblock Your Eyes This Summer… How to Make Healthy Sunglass Choices

NEW YORK (July 2011) — Like your skin, overexposure to the sun can wreak havoc on your eyes. Sun damage can cause severe conditions such as photokeratitis (sunburn to the cornea), pterygium (tissue growth on the whites of eyes that can block vision), skin cancer of the eyelids and even intraocular malignancies like melanoma. Excessive sun exposure has also been implicated in the development of cataracts and possibly macular degeneration.

“Although everyone should protect their eyes from overexposure to harmful UV rays, there are some groups that are at higher risk. People with retinal disorders, cataract surgery patients, people with light-colored eyes, and those taking medications that increase eye sensitivity to light should take extra steps to protect their eyes from the sun in the summer and all year round,” says Dr. Christopher Starr, an ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Stephen Trokel, an ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, adds, “There are strong indications that chronic exposure to the components of sunlight may accelerate aging of ocular tissues. Any protective eyewear should have side shield protection or wrap around the eye so light cannot enter the eye from side reflections.”

Many of us are very good about protecting our skin with high SPF sunblock but we often forget about our eyes. This summer think of your UV-blocking sunglasses as “sunblock for your eyes” and you’ll be doing yourself and your eyes a great service.

Drs. Starr and Trokel offer a five-point checklist to help you choose the best sun protection for your eyes during the summer and all year round:

* Check the UV protection level. UV and sunglass protection is desirable year round, and they should also be used during daylight hours, even through cloudiness and haze. Even on cloudy days the UV index can be dangerously high. Your sunglasses should provide more than 95 percent UV protection and ideally 100 percent (sometimes labeled as UV400 on the glasses).

* Check the lens tint. Most people believe that darker sunglasses provide better protection against the sun, but that is not true. The lens tint should block 80 percent of transmissible light but no more than 90 percent to 92 percent of light; neutral gray, amber, brown or green are good colors to choose from.

* Make sure they block all of the light. Choose sunglasses that wrap all the way around the temples, and/or wear a hat with at least a three-inch brim that can block the sunlight from overhead.

* Wear shades over your contact lenses. People who wear contact lenses that offer UV protection should still wear sunglasses. Sunglasses are helpful for preventing the drying effect most contact lens wearers get, which is caused by wind.

* Buy shades for your children. Children’s eyes are not able to block UV rays as well as adults. For the greatest protection, consider providing UV-protected sunglasses for your children, and remember that the eyes of very small infants should always be shaded from direct exposure to the sun.

Released: 7/1/2011
Source: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Via Newswise

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U.S. Independence Day Celebration: Why It’s Best To Leave The July Fourth Fireworks Displays To The Experts

Newswise — MAYWOOD, Ill. – July 4th is nearing and emergency departments across the state are already beginning to treat patients injured by fireworks.

In 2010, 135 people in Illinois suffered injuries caused by fireworks, according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. Across the country, seven people died and about 7,000 people were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control.

“Fireworks are basically explosives and are all capable of causing severe injuries, but even minor injuries can cause significant functional disability when it comes to sight and hand function,” said trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Esposito or Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Fireworks are not toys, Esposito added. Even those that are considered legal are dangerous. They burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match. Also, fireworks can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if used improperly.

“Even fireworks that are classified as ‘safer,’ such as bottle rockets and sparklers, are responsible for some of the most serious wounds treated by emergency physicians,” said Esposito, who is also a professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood.

Here are some tips to help keep safe while celebrating Independence Day:

• If you choose to use legal fireworks, carefully read and follow all directions on the packaging.

• Plan safe activities for children. Give them glow-in-the-dark wands and noisemakers as substitutes for sparklers and firecrackers.

• Teach children about the dangers of fireworks and other explosives. Discourage them from trying them and set a good example by never using fireworks yourself.

• If you find explosive substances around your home, call the local fire department’s non-emergency line for disposal guidelines. Do not dispose of them or explode them yourself. Too many unknown factors like age, moisture levels and amount of explosive material make them dangerous and unpredictable.

• Never underestimate the inventiveness of children who sometimes try to concoct homemade devices. Keep potentially hazardous materials like lighter fluid, charcoal lighter and gasoline out of their reach.

• Never approach a firework after it has been lit, even if it appears to have gone out. It is likely to still be excessively hot and it may explode unexpectedly.

• Consider safe alternatives for celebrations. Check the newspapers for community fireworks displays handled by professionals or hold a celebration at home where you can supervise your children’s holiday festivities.

• If an injury occurs, call 911 or the local emergency phone number. Get immediate medical aid from experts who specialize in treating burns and other traumatic injuries.

Released: 6/21/2011
Source: Loyola University Health System


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New June Model Discovery! Lance Lawford, Very Handsome, Multi-Talented, Nursing Graduate, Customer Relations Specialist, and Model

Lance Lawford, Photo by Gil Policarpio, Copyright 2011 8PAK.COM, All Rights Reserved

The Editors of 8PAK.COM are most happy to present our latest “Model Discovery”, the very handsome and multi-talented, Lance Lawford.

Lance, who is 20 years of age, is from Binondo, Manila, in the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and is currently employed as a customer relations specialist. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 160lbs. His ready to wear clothing sizes are small to medium and his shoe size is 9.5.

Lance’s favorite hobbies and activities include; playing baseball, cooking, and photography. He lists his favorite food as Chicken Curry.

In the movie field, he tells us that his favorite actor is Leonardo di Caprio, while his favorite actresses are Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock. In the modeling field, Tyra Banks tops his picks.

When we asked Lance about his goal in modeling he told us that, “I want to gain more experience, and to meet new people, with whom I can share my knowledge.”

As far as his long term career goals he tells us that, “I want to be Chief Nurse someday.”

In response to our question as to how he would describe himself, Lance responded, “A guy like me would like to describe himself as “plain”, though I wanted to be more than anything a part of the “in crowd”. “The very stylish nose-in-the-air and worshiped by girls crowd, and to be one of those guys considered perfect.”

Well, the Editors here at 8PAK.COM would describe Lance as anything but plain! He is one of the most enthusiastic, photogenic, and hard working guys we have met! His great good looks, intelligence, and modeling ability, are sure to guarantee his success. We are sure, that we will be seeing much more of him in the print and electronic media in the very near future! It is a pleasure to work with him!

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Lance Lawford, Photo by Gil Policarpio, Copyright 2011 8PAK.COM, All Rights Reserved

Beach and Pool Safety, Families Planning Water Activities this Summer, but a Third Lack Good Swimming Skills

New American Red Cross survey reinforces need for water safety as nearly 80 percent of Americans plan to engage in water-related activities this summer.

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than a third of people planning to swim, boat or fish this summer cannot swim well, according to a new national survey by the American Red Cross.

Nearly 8 in 10 households (78 percent) are planning at least one water-related recreational activity this summer such as swimming, boating and fishing. However, 37 percent described their swimming skills as fair, lacking or nonexistent – including 13 percent unable to swim at all, the Red Cross survey found.

“Learning how to swim and maintaining constant supervision of those in or near the water are crucial elements of water safety,” said Dr. Peter Wernicki, chair, Aquatics Subcommittee of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. “This Memorial Day, as we head into the summer season, we urge families to make water safety a priority.”

Sadly, each year drownings occur, yet many could have been prevented:

  • One-third of the survey respondents (32 percent) mistakenly believe that having a small child wear a flotation device is safer than providing arm’s-reach supervision.
  • One in five (20 percent) of adults are unsure what to do if they are caught in a strong current.
  • Nearly two in five (38 percent) recalled an experience in which someone in deep water needed help.

The Red Cross recommends designating at least one adult to solely be responsible for watching those in and around the water – even if a lifeguard is present. Adults should be in the water with inexperienced swimmers and remain within arm’s reach of them.

This “arm’s-reach supervision” is safer than putting water wings or floaties on a small child, as these items are not designed to keep a child’s face out of the water and can leak, slip off and provide a false sense of security.

Children should not go near or enter the water without the permission and supervision of an adult. Those who own a home pool should secure it with appropriate barriers and install pool and gate alarms.

If caught in a rip current, people should swim parallel to shore until they are out of the current and they can safely make it to shore. However, 32 percent said they weren’t confident that they could actually do it.

Most adults – 80 percent – knew that throwing a rope or something that floats would be the best way to help someone struggling in deep water rather than going in after them.

Red Cross Aquatics Training

The Red Cross has been a leader in aquatics training for more than 95 years and has developed a comprehensive program starting with Parent and Child Aquatics (6 months to about 5 years old) through lessons for adults. Participants learn swimming skills with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety.

Water safety tips and information can be found on, and people can contact their local Red Cross to find out where Learn-to-Swim programs are offered.

For those who own pools and hot tubs, the Red Cross has a Home Pool Essentials™: Maintenance and Safety online safety course that teaches the fundamentals of creating and maintaining a safe environment.

The Red Cross is also part of the planned 2011 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Tuesday, June 14, at 11:00 a.m. EDT at waterparks, community pools and aquatic facilities around the globe. At many locations, there is no cost to participate in this event, and more details can be found at

Survey details: Telephone survey of 1,085 U.S. adults 18 years and older on April 7-11, 2011, conducted by ORC International. Margin of error is +/- 3.0 percent at the 95% confidence level.

SOURCE American Red Cross


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