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West Newsmagazine 2-14-18

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HLC1940.3 program.* Offer valid for Academic Evaluation or Tuition, new students only. Not valid with any other offer. HLC1940.3 Math Help MAKE THIS SCHOOL YEAR Math Enrichment Prep Help GREATER THAN LAST YEAR! Sunny, with 100% chance of success. We make math make sense. Test A new school year brings a fresh start—and Mathnasium is here to help set the stage for success! Together, we can make this school year greater than last year! Homework www.Mathnasium.com February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE SUMMER CAMPS, from page 25 The St. Louis Children’s Choirs 2842 North Ballas Road Town and Country (314) 993-9626 www.slccsing.org/camps Learn new songs and singing styles, play music-related games, make new friends and gain performance experience with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs’ Summer Singing Camps! This summer, SLCC will offer three camps. The Elementary Summer Singing Camp is for singers in third through sixth grades; it runs from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on June 18-22. The brand-new Acappellooza Jr. A Cappella Camp is for singers in sixth through eighth grades; it meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 11-15. The High School Vocal Jazz Camp is for singers in ninth through 12th grades; it runs from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays from June 11-22. Visit SLCC’s website for more information! Vetta Sports 1425 St. Peters Cottleville Road • St. Peters (636) 498-4625 www.vettasports.com There’s something to be said for longevity, and Vetta Sports’ summer camps have been around for more than 25 years. Simply put – they play sports and have FUN. As part of the summer camp experience, your child will discover a variety of activities, including classic sports such as soccer, basketball, tennis, racquetball and kickball. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Campers also learn innovative team-building skills, play archery tag, jump on inflatables and get creative with arts and crafts. Special guests educate and entertain kids with animals, introduce science concepts, teach athletic skills and much more. Plus, embark on awesome field trips! @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Whitfield School 175 South Mason Road • St. Louis (314) 415-1256 www.whitfieldschool.org/summercamp Camp Whitfield engages children in grades K-8 in activities such as crafts, technology, sports and games. Whitfield School teachers lead students through hands-on experiences designed not only to educate students but also to allow them to explore their interests while having fun. Also available are Whitfield Sports Camps, perfect for athletes at any level. Whitfield coaches provide sportspecific training and instruction in weeklong camps where athletes improve their play and have fun. Ages, prices, dates and times vary by sport. At Camp Whitfield and Whitfield Sports Camps, campers will eat Whitfield’s famous lunches, take advantage of the school’s fabulous facilities and are sure to have a blast. YMCA Camp Lakewood Potosi •(573) 438-2155 www.camplakewood.org YMCA Camp Lakewood is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 17, situated on 5,200 wooded acres with a 360-acre lake, 90 minutes south of St. Louis. While children enjoy camp activities including zip line, climbing tower, sports, water activities, horseback riding, arts and crafts and much more, the Y also teaches the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Kids make memories and friendships that can last a lifetime, learn about the world around them through a culturally diverse staff, and have a safe and fun-filled experience. This is why campers call Camp Lakewood “my camp.” Risk-Free Assessment Math Help and Enrichment Test Prep Homework Help Mathnasium of Kirkwood 110 N. 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FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I HEALTH I 27 The number of young women entering U.S. medical schools has surpassed the number of men for the first time, statistics show. health capsules By LISA RUSSELL Women now outnumber men in medical schools For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has surpassed the number of men, according to data recently released by the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC]. Women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new medical students in 2017, compared with 49.8 percent in 2016. Since 2015, the number of women applying to medical school has increased by 4 percent, while the number of male applicants has declined 6.7 percent, according to the AAMC. Overall in 2017, the number of new students in U.S. medical schools is up 1.5 percent, and total enrollment now stands at 89,904 students. “We are very encouraged by the growing number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools,” said AAMC President and Chief Executive Officer Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. “This year’s matriculating class demonstrates that medicine is an increasingly attractive career for women and that medical schools are creating an inclusive environment. While we have much more work to do to attain broader diversity among our students, faculty and leadership, this is a notable milestone.” Comparable to prior years, the academic credentials and experience of medical school applicants in 2017 remain “very strong,” the AAMC noted, with 77 percent having done volunteer community service in a medical or clinical setting, and the same percentage having prior research experience. The average undergraduate grade point average of applicants this year increased slightly, to 3.56, and the median medical college admission test score was up slightly as well. “Tide Pod challenge” is no joke Teenagers sometimes do exasperating, senseless and even dangerous things. Those three words certainly describe the rising popularity of the “Tide Pod challenge,” where teens post seemingly humorous videos online that show them eating the small, colorful laundry detergent packets. During the first three weeks of January alone, U.S. poison control centers handled 86 cases of intentional laundry pod misuse among 13- to 19-year-olds, compared with 53 such cases for all of 2017. The American Association of Poison Control Centers issued a warning in late January that it had received an increasing number of reports of teenagers ingesting the detergent pods, which can cause breathing problems, seizures, respiratory arrest, coma and even death when the contents are swallowed. Tide manufacturer Procter & Gamble also is attempting to curb the social media trend, which the company’s Health dangers to teens associated with the “Tide Pod challenge” social media trend are no laughing matter. CEO, David Taylor, called “dangerous” and “extremely concerning” in a recent blog post. P&G has produced a public service announcement warning teens not to take the challenge, and is working with social media companies to remove the videos [Youtube recently banned the Tide Pod challenge videos and announced it would delete them]. Taylor also appealed to parents to speak to their kids about the trend. “Let’s all take a moment to talk with the young people in our lives and let them know that their life and health matter more than clicks, views and likes,” Taylor wrote. “Please help them understand that this is no laughing matter.” Area parents with questions or concerns about the Tide Pod challenge can reach the Missouri Poison Center 24 hours a day by calling (800) 222-1222. Information also is available online at missouripoisoncenter.org. Millennials who work at home primarily are responsible for a significant decrease in U.S. energy consumption. Millennials powering lower nationwide energy use Literally by driving less than previous generations, millennials are driving energy savings of close to 2 trillion BTUs of power consumed per year in the U.S., approximately 1.8 percent of the national total, a recent analysis found. Factors such as the rapid rise in online shopping and employees working from home are behind the overall decline in energy consumption, which has more than offset an increase in residential energy demand. The analysis, which recently was published in the journal Joule, was based on a decade of data from American Time Use Surveys conducted between 2003 and 2012. The surveys are administered each year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to track how advances in information technology are changing the lifestyles of Americans, particularly those under age 65. The data showed that, on average, Americans spent an extra eight days at home in 2012 compared to 2003, one less day traveling and one week less in non-residential buildings. The greatest change was seen in people ages 18-24, who spent 70 percent more time at home compared to the general population. People over 65 were the only group to spend more time outside their homes in 2012 compared to 2003. “We did expect to see a net energy decrease, but we had no idea of the magnitude,” said the study’s first author, Ashok Sekar, an expert in consumer energy use and policy at the University of Texas at Austin. “This work raises awareness of the connection between lifestyle and energy … Now that we know people are spending more time at home, more focus could be put on improving residential energy efficiency.” On the calendar Area residents are encouraged to participate in an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Institute for Health Education, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield [North Medical Office Building, Level 2]. To register for an appointment time, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code SAINTLUKES or call (314) 658-2090. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital holds its annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance event from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. Attendance is free, but registration is required by visiting stlukes-stl.com. For more information, call (314) 205-6706. • • • Missouri Baptist Medical Center holds its annual Heart Fair from 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the hospital’s campus, 3015 N. Ballas Road. Health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level, BMI and body composition measurement will be offered at no cost. The event also will feature live heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, free food samples, exercise classes and more. Advance registration is recommended by visiting missouribaptist. org/HeartFair. • • • BJC sponsors a Family & Friends CPR course from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Clinical Learning Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. The course provides instruction and hands-on practice for parents, childcare providers and babysitters for adult hands-only CPR; infant and child CPR with breaths; introduction to adult and child AED use; and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. The course fee is $25. To register online, visit classes-events.bjc.org/wlp2/ or call (314) 454-5437.