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

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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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Family Life: Pack Your Patience, Top Seven Tips for Surviving and Enjoying a Vacation with Your In-laws

Newswise — Winston-Salem, N.C. — When imagining your dream vacation, you might not picture your mother-in-law sitting beside you on the beach. But, taking a vacation with the in-laws can be just the ticket for building stronger relationships with extended family, says Wake Forest University Professor of Counseling Samuel T. Gladding.

Those who are skeptical can look toward President Obama as an example of how vacationing with—or even living with—your mother-in-law can strengthen family ties.

Vacations are about creating shared memories, says Gladding, who is the author of numerous books on family counseling and teaches courses on family counseling and group counseling.

Time spent together on the beach or at another vacation place can help children bond with grandparents, Gladding says. “If you don’t have some exposure to extended family, you will never truly get to know them. It takes time, effort and expense to be in the same place with them. The dividend is that you get to know them and then you can build a relationship. That’s how people grow.”

Connecting with extended families is important because family members have skills, contacts and abilities beyond those found in nuclear families, he adds. Tapping into that family power is a good idea, he says.

The key to making a shared vacation a positive experience is “purposeful planning.”

Gladding offers seven tips for surviving—and enjoying— a vacation with the in-laws.

1. Plan the right activities. Arrange constructive activities that involve interaction, such as cooking or playing board games. A Gladding family favorite is charades because it is silly and makes people laugh. When people laugh together, they create good memories that help build relationships.

2. Change a mantra. If your mantra is, “This will be the worst seven days of my life,” it probably will be. Replace pessimistic thoughts with a more positive message to yourself such as, “This will be a fun experience,” or, “The next few days will be an interesting adventure.”

3. Don’t plan to spend every minute with the group. Set aside time to go out to eat or do some other favorite activity with your own immediate family. It’s okay to say, “For this block of time, we want to have just our small family together.” If you set expectations in advance, no one will be surprised when you take a break on Tuesday night to go play miniature golf. It also gives the grandparents some space they might appreciate just as much as you do.

4. Give your children some freedom. Let them know you expect them to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa, but set up signals to use when something becomes really tiring, boring or just uncomfortable, so you can help. Reward them by letting them choose activities they want to do on their own.

5. Remember you have choices. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose how you act around them. Ask yourself how you can make it better or have fun with the experience.

6. Share stories. Stories help individuals discover more about their heritage and how they fit into the fabric of the family.

7. Debrief on the way home. Ask A. “What went well?” B. “What didn’t go well?’” C. “What could we do differently to make it more A than B?” Who knows? Traveling with the in-laws could become a new family tradition.

Released: 6/22/2011
Source: Wake Forest University

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Holiday News; AAA Projects a 2.5 Percent Decrease in Independence Day Travel as Americans Fly More and Drive Less

ORLANDO, Fla., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AAA forecasts 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent decline from the 40 million people who traveled a year ago. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

“AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Independence Day travelers mainly due to fuel prices being approximately one dollar per gallon higher than last year,” said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services. “Increased fuel costs are also responsible for a shift in the demographics of the typical Independence Day traveler as higher prices impact lower income households more significantly.”

The amount of money spent each month on gasoline is unlikely to vary much across household income groups, however as a share of total spending fuel is obviously going to consume a larger share of the budget for lower income households. As a result, the percentage of travelers with a household income of $50,000 or less is expected to decrease from 41 percent to 33 percent, while travelers with a household income of more than $100,000 are expected to increase to 35 percent from 26 percent.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Boston-based economic research and consulting firm teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA / IHS Global Insight 2011 Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast can be found at

Automobile travel down three percent, but five out of six travelers will drive to destination
Approximately 32.8 million people plan to travel by automobile and that’s a decline of almost a million auto travelers from the 33.7 million who drove last year. Automobile travel remains the dominant mode of transportation (84 percent of holiday travelers) despite gasoline prices about a dollar per gallon more expensive than a year ago in many parts of the country. If current market conditions persist, AAA expects the national average price for regular gasoline to remain between $3.60 and $3.70 per gallon during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans
A survey of intended travelers found that 56 percent said rising gasoline prices would not impact their travel plans. For the remaining 44 percent who said rising gas prices would impact their travel plans, seven out of 10 will economize in other areas and three out of 10 are planning to take a shorter trip or travel by a different mode of transportation.

Travelers concerned about how fuel prices will impact their travel budget can use AAA’s free, GPS-based TripTik® Mobile application to compare prices for all grades of gasoline at nearby stations. TripTik Mobile is available for iPhone and Android devices. Travelers may also use TripTik Mobile to get maps and directions, AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant information complete with AAA inspector notes, plus details about attractions, events and Approved Auto Repair facilities.

Number of air travelers expected to increase by nine percent
A little more than three million leisure travelers (eight percent of holiday travelers) will fly during the holiday weekend, a nine percent increase from last year’s 2.75 million air travelers. This increase continues a rebound in air travel that began in 2010 following the lowest years for air travel in the past ten – 2009 and 2008. The rising cost of gasoline is a contributing factor to the increase in air travel, as the increasing cost of travel by car is making air travel a more viable option for some travelers despite recent increases in air fares. The remaining eight percent of holiday travelers are expected to travel by other modes, including rail, bus and watercraft.

Travelers to experience increases in airfares, hotel rates and car rental rates
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, Independence Day holiday airfares are expected to be 11 percent more than last year with an average lowest round-trip rate of $213 for the top 40 U.S. air routes. Hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase three percent from a year ago with travelers spending an average of $147 per night compared to $143 last year. Travelers planning to stay at AAA Two Diamond hotels can expect to pay eight percent more at an average cost of $110 per night. Weekend daily car rental rates will average $56, a three percent increase over a year ago.

Average travel distance down seven percent; median spending up 25 percent from last year
According to a survey of traveler intentions, the average distance traveled by Americans during the Independence Day holiday weekend is expected to be 573 miles, which is seven percent less than last year’s average travel distance of 617 miles. Median spending is expected to be $807, an increase of 25 percent from $644 last year.

AAA offers mobile and digital travel planning resources
For Independence Day getaways and vacation planning, travelers may use AAA’s digital eTourBook guides for smartphones and ereader devices. Each new digital guide book highlights a top North American travel destination, complete with listings for AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants; AAA Editor’s Picks for attractions, events and nightlife; and other proprietary information available only through AAA. Members can download the 40 available titles at and sync them to their device for on-the-go use.


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


Old Navy’s “Wish You Were Here” Summer Road Trip Hitting the Streets

Old Navy's "We Wish They Were Here" sand sculpture gallery of pop culture icons to celebrate Old Navy's "Wish You Were Here" Summer Road Trip. (PRNewsFoto/Old Navy)

NEW YORK, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Remember when you all piled in mom’s station wagon to take that family trip to the beach? You packed a cooler with popsicles, sandwiches, played paddle ball and built sandcastles until the sun went down.  Old Navy is now bringing back that summer nostalgia with their “Wish You Were Here” summer road trip.

This season, Old Navy has packed up their Winnebago with beach games, giveaways and is heading across the country to bring summer fun to your neighborhood. Consumers will be invited to the Old Navy beach party where they can enjoy a variety of boardwalk pastimes such as the Tire Toss, Wack-A-Mole, Dunk Tank and Happy Pigs while snacking on salt water taffy and ice cream treats. Guests can also pop into the Old Navy Flip Book Photo Studio and capture the quintessential summertime photo to share online with their family and friends.

To continue the summer celebration, Old Navy has partnered with television personality and foodie, Marc Summers who will be sharing his expert eating tips and favorite summer spots. Marc’s “Top Ten Beach Food Must Haves” list secret tips such as; ways to bring out the flavor of watermelon, where to find the best fried clams on the east coast, the trick to making the perfect French fry at home, and the real difference between water ice, snow cones and shaved ice. Guests can visit for Marc’s insider advice and view Old Navy’s “We Wish They Were Here” sand sculpture gallery of pop culture icons such as Lady Gaga, Will and Kate, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and more, created by the world famous sand sculpting duo Greg and Brandi Glenn of Sandscapes.

Participation is FREE of charge and all guests will receive special Old Navy discounts and prizes.

*Donations for admission will be given to BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA® with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family.

Long Branch, NJ– Festival Plaza
Saturday, May 28th- 11am-6pm
Chicago, IL- 1600 North Avenue Beach
Saturday, June 11th- 11am-6pm
Santa Monica, CA– Santa Monica Pier Deck
Saturday, June 25th- 11am-6pm