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PTA honors two at Tampa Palms

A reception was recently given at Tampa Palms Elementary School to honor two county-level award winners.

Doreen Markley was named Elementary PTA President of the Year and safety coordinator and teacher John Paton received the A. Percy King Safety/Heroism Award.

The awards were presented at the annual Hillsborough County Council of PTA-PTSA luncheon. The luncheon was attended by about 500 people, including of parents, principals, teachers, school district administrators and school board members.

Youth gets award

from Kiwanis Club

Grant Jordan Nations, a senior at Chamberlain High School, was recently awarded the Kiwanis Club of Tampa's 11th Annual Youth Leadership Award by George Pennington on behalf of Mayor Sandy Freedman.

The senior was selected for the award on the basis of the leadership skills he displayed through active volunteer work within the Tampa community. This work included

speaking at Students Against Drunk Driving assemblies at Buchanan Junior High School and Chamberlain High School, as will as being the senior adviser for the Crime Watch Team at Chamberlain High School.

Nations' name will be permanently inscribed on a plaque with past Youth Leadership Award winners at the Tampa Police Department.

Ex-smokers: burn

those calories

Carolyn Schlede, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and director of the University of South Florida Lipid Clinic's Smoking Cessation Program, has some tips for those who want to quit smoking but are worried about gaining weight.

Schlede suggests either giving up 200 calories per day _ roughly a can of soda _ or doing 200 calories worth of extra exercise per day.

In one study, individuals who rode an exercise bike for 20 minutes three times a week had twice the success rate forquitting smoking than those who did not exercise.

Many individuals who quit smoking overeat because their taste buds become more sensitive and they end up eating second courses more frequently.

Ex-smokers also tend to reward themselves with lavish meals in place of their smoking habit.

Schlede suggests spending money saved on cigarettes in more beneficial and rewarding ways other than food binges.