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Thursday, August 19, 1999

TASP testing planned

Quick TASP testing will be held from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Crockett Middle School Cafteria. The Quick-TASP is another version of the TASP test.

It consists of a reading, writing, and math test. Because it is a TASP, it can be used as the initial testing instrument or as a retest. However, a 90-day grace period must have passed before a student can retest using Quick-TASP.

They call this the Quick-TASP because scores ca be obtained within one week of the administration. Scores for this test administration can be obtained in Michelle Workman's office Sept. 1, after 3 p.m.

Testing will be provided by the local Pecos Community College Center of Odessa College.

Test fee is $29 and must be paid in full with a personal check, money order or a credit card during the test administration.

A photo ID must be presented at the testing administration. (Students who do not have an ID may pick an identification form from the counselor's office).

To reserve a seat for this testing administration, sign-up in the counselor's office or contact Michelle Workman at 445-5535, before 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20.

Tennis plans underway at OC

Tennis at the Odessa College Tennis Center is changing as of August 1999.

Luis Valdez, field representative for the United States Tennis Association-Texas section and well-known tennis instructor and coach in the Permian Basin, recently became director of the Odessa College Tennis Center.

Although the center's programs will officially start up Tuesday, Sept. 7, Valdez will host a kick-off celebration featuring a free tennis clinic for all ages from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. All area tennis enthusiasts and coaches are invited to attend.

"In addition to classes offered through OC, I plan to provide public tennis clinics, classes for juniors and adults, wheelchair tennis, and family tennis events as well as programs involving YMCA's, boys and girls clubs, scouting programs, church youth groups, and schools and organizations serving underprivileged kids in the area," Valdez said in a recent interview. "I will promote all of the USTA tennis programs at the center."

Protein helps when exercising

While protein powder supplements might seem to be the key to bulging muscles, their claims could be more hype than a help.

The recommended daily amount of protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. People who exercise might require higher amounts. But according to Dr. Marta Fiorotto with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, daily doses of protein powder by themselves won't help you bulk up.

"Provided you are eating a varied and healthy diet and meeting your energy requirements, you will be getting any extra protein that you might need," she said.

A person's daily diet usually provides about 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, said Fiorotto. However, too much protein increases water loss, which, especially in hot summer weather, increases your risk of dehydration and undermines exercise performance.

Fiorotto said the real key to success is a balanced, healthy diet. "Eating more protein is not going to give you more muscles. Only exercising them is going to make them grow," she said.

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