Originally created 06/26/02

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BACK IN TIME

JUNE 26, 1972

Kitchen police, commonly called KP, hopefully will soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, deputy director of industrial operations.

Approximately 240 civilians are tentatively scheduled to be hired to work in Fort Gordon's mess halls under the Modern Volunteer Army program to return soldiers to their duty of soldiering, Col. Smaw explained.

Pending final approval, the first civilians will begin appearing in the post's mess halls in early July, and the process will be completed within the next 60 days.

SUPERMARKET FAVES

According to the USDA, the top produce items in the U.S. diet are iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, french fries, bananas and orange juice. The top two foods Americans are trying to work into their diets are oranges and Broccoli.

AVOIDING HEARTBURN

Certain foods and drugs increase acid secretions or cause the body to release chemicals that cause a muscle in the esophagus to relax, increasing heartburn. Here are some tips for reducing heartburn:

FOODS TO AVOID

Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, carbonated beverages, caffeine, alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, vinegar, ketchup and mustard

HELPFUL FOODS

Pineapple, brown rice, potatoes, beans, whole- wheat pasta, yogurt, salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds, asparagus, mushrooms and Brazil nuts

OTHER TIPS

  • Avoid clothes that put pressure on the stomach.
  • Chew gum to boost saliva production and to neutralize acids in the esophagus.
  • Elevate your head at night 4 to 6 inches to curb the backup of stomach contents into the esophagus.
  • Sleep on your left side.
  • Visit the American Gastroenterological Association's Web site at www.gastro.org for more advice.

    SMOKED OUT

    Left unchecked, tobacco products will cause up to 1 billion deaths by the end of the 21st century, a Penn State science historian predicts.

    The prediction is based on current smoking patterns and the estimation of one lung cancer death for every 3 million cigarettes consumed.

    Cigarettes are pretty uniform worldwide, and consumption rates are carefully recorded for taxation purposes. These factors make it easy to predict long-term consequences of smoking.

    Lung cancer was an extraordinarily rare disease before the 20th century.

    COLORFUL REACTIONS

    The colors around us change our mood, decorating experts says.

    To stimulate conversation when guests visit, choose active colors such as red, yellow and orange - they inspire camaraderie.

    Other decorating colors and the moods they create:

  • Pink: Soothes, promotes affability and affection
  • Yellow: Expands the space, cheers your spirit, increases energy
  • Black: Disciplines, authorizes, strengthens what's around it; encourages independence
  • White: Purifies, energizes, unifies; in combination, makes all other colors stronger
  • Orange: Cheers, commands, stimulates appetites and conversation
  • Red: Empowers, stimulates, dramatizes; symbolizes passion
  • Green: Balances, normalizes, refreshes, encourages emotional growth
  • Purple: Comforts, spiritualizes; creates mystery and draws out intuition
  • Source: Associated Press

    FATHERLESSNESS

  • 63 percent of youth suicides are committed by people in fatherless homes.
  • 71 percent of dropouts come from fatherless homes.
  • 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
  • 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
  • 76 percent of girls polled say their fathers were influential in their decision to have sex.
  • A survey of 20,000 parents found that children are more likely to make good grades when fathers are involved in education.
  • Source: National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families Inc.

    TEENS BEFORE THEIR TIME GLANCE

    While 8- to 12-year-old girls often dress like teens, talk like teens and mature physically like teens, they appear to have strong ties to their families and a need for support.

    Girls describe boys as very different from girls; they call them unreliable as friends.

    Girls associate teasing and bullying with boys. The most hurtful dimension of teasing for the girls seems to be appearance-based.

    As young girls are confronted with difficult teen issues such as dating and sex at an increasingly early age, they are learning that their family confidants are often unwilling or unable to discuss such issues.

    Weight is of particular concern. Girls as young as 8 speak about dieting and calories.

    While 75 percent of third-grade girls say they like the way they look, only 56 percent of seventh-graders do.