Our Weekly Message for November 5, 2003

Greetings special friends,

Hope everyone's Halloween performance went well and you are looking forward to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for football season. Some of you will be on to play-offs where others can start contest preparation, basketball and wrestling performances and possibly an early start for Spring Show.

Don't forget that One Day Workshops are right around the corner with lots of current routines and material that you can implement into upcoming performances. We are proud to announce a special team effort with the Kilgore Rangerettes to present Rangerette Revelations, special one day workshops that will feature Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne, directors of the Rangerettes teaching technique workshops and the current Rangerette officers and Swingsters teaching three exciting routines that are performed by the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. Make sure to link to our ADTS One Days page and link to the Rangerette Revelations page to see a schedule, dates and locations of these great workshops. The fee of $20 per student will go directly to benefit Rangerette Scholarships.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean."
Christopher Reeve, Actor

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
George Eliot, writer (1819-1880)

"Don't cry because it's over -- smile because it happened." author unknown

"I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum."
Frances Willard, educator (1839-1898)

As a dance educator, I learned in college how important taking care of your body is. However, as most of us are negligent, I don't take care of myself as I always should. Something simple you can do for your health with very little effort is taking time to drink plenty of water. The passage below was sent to me this week and is a bold reminder of the dramatic impact that water can have on your health. Don't wait until New Year's to make a resolution to take better care of yourself and work out on a regular basis. And, as the article emphasizes, drink plenty of water.

Have a wonderful week. And, as always, please keep in touch!  


Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


Water Anyone?

We all know that water is important, but I've never seen it written down like this before.

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.(This likely applies to half of the world population)

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

Even MILD dehydration will slow down metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily, decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

Do you need to know the exact amount of water that you should drink each day for your body weight? Divide your body weight by 2 then that equals the number of ounces you should consume daily. Someone who weighs 150 lbs. would need to drink 75 ounces of water daily (about 5 bottles of water).

Inspiration is great, but one of the greatest inspirations is feeling good.


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