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ealth and H Wellness Issue The importance of immunization Child Abuse Prevention Month 27th Annual American Red Cross Walkathon Environmental Awareness Month

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April 2013 APRIL 2013

ealth and H Wellness Issue The importance of immunization Child Abuse Prevention Month 27th Annual American Red Cross Walkathon Environmental Awareness Month

4 - 5 On the Road 8 - 9 Health and Wellness

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Living healthy and well from childbirth to adulthood

About the Cover: Location: Marianas Medical Center, JKR Building, Beach Road, Garapan, Saipan Clockwise from top left: Leonor Angello, registered nurse, with Caleb Wood, 19 months; Dr. Tony Stearns, MD, Family Practice Physician and Severine Basham, PA-C, Family Practice Physician’s Assistant; Dawei Tang, registered staff nurse, with patient, Judith Cabrera. Photos by Kayla Wood

The importance of immunization Child Abuse Prevention Month Know the facts of abuse

27th Annual American Red Cross Walkathon

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Environmental Awareness Month Get involved

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SALES MANAGER Annie San Nicolas ACCOUNT MANAGER Minda Castro MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong Beach Road Magazine, Vol. XI, No. 5 April 2013. Entire contents copyrighted 2013 by Glimpses of Saipan, Inc. Beach Road Magazine is published monthly by Glimpses of Saipan, Inc. P.O. Box 502080, Saipan, MP 96950 • 2/F Transpac Business Center Gualo Rai, Saipan Tel: (670) 235-7645 • Fax: (670) 234-1801 • E-mail: saipan@glimpsesofguam. com. All rights reserved. No material may be printed in part or in whole without written permission from the publisher.

ON THE ROAD Angel Marie Tan, 13, completed the Taga Kids triathlon after emerging ahead of all women in the swim competition of Tagaman. Tan is flanked by 2013 Xterra Saipan Championship and Tagaman overall champion, Ben Allen and his girlfriend, Jacqui Slack, champion in the women’s division of the twin triathlon events.

These young athletes are being groomed to be the future of triathlons of the Northern Marianas.

2012 Xterra Triple Crown Champion Renata Bucher gives an acceptance speech after being recognized for eight years of coming to Saipan to compete in the Xterra and Tagaman triathlons. The mother-daughter tandem of Glorybel Tan, (left,) and Angel Marie Tan, (center,) with Regina Sebial are the winners in the Tagaman women’s relay competition. Tyce Mister, designer of the Tagaman Triathlon course, is chosen to be the first Powerade Complete Athlete for being the top local finisher in both Xterra Saipan Championship and Tagaman. He took second place in the 45-49 age group in the two events. Rusty M. Loyola, operations manager, Coca-Cola Beverage Co. (Micronesia) Inc. and Brad Ruszala, acting president Taga, Inc. presented the prizes to Mister.

Jim Arenovski, president, Delta Corporation, gives sign of approval as he crosses the finish line in the run leg of the 24th Tagaman.

Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack are the back-to-back champions of the 2013 Xterra Tagaman Championship and Tagaman Triathlons. Allen overall winner and Slack dominated the women’s division of the twin triathlon events. (From left,) Victoria Chentsova, Jesse James and Aldrin Sta. Ana came ahead of competitors in the mixed relay. In second place are Chang Whan Jang, Rento Calage and Christele Glemot. In third place is the team of Lennosuke Suzuki, Mark Isip and Tiffany Lin.

The overall winners of the 24th Tagaman Triathlon Ben Allen, Rory Downie, Sam Gardner, Olivier Marceau, David Esposito and Arland Macasieb. Rusty M. Loyola, operations manager, Coca-Cola Beverage Co. (Micronesia), Inc. and Foremost Foods Saipan presents trophies and prizes. 4

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(From left,) Kento Akimaru, Erico Castro and Charlie Sendin. The three captured first place in the men’s relay competition. In second place is the tandem of Nishikido Tamio and Jeff Taylor. The trio of Christopher Mojar, Ricardo Antonio and June Evangelista won third place.

ON THE ROAD Members of Church 360 taken on March 17 during its anniversary gathering.

Kayla Wood (left) with Church 360 member Louie Domingo. Kayla Wood, Aaron Wood and son Caleb at the the Church 360
Anniversary gathering at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe on March 17.

Church 360 members gather for the church anniversay at Filcom Pavillon. (from left) Ivanna Velasquez, Louie Domingo, Matthew Fisher, Ethan and Julia.

Krizia Mendoza shows off her new pit bull puppies at her home on Feb. 22.

Nikko Plata, a professional dance instructor and one of the
judges of the Dance Competition, showing off some cool moves during an
exhibition. Plata is also a chef at Fiesta Resort & Spa. LJ Castro, local celebrity guest at the McDonald’s event on March 16.

March 9 at the Saipan World Resort McDonalds 20th Anniversary party are (from left) Jose and Marcia Ayuyu, owners of McDonald’s Saipan, Minda Castro and Kayla Wood of BRM.

Passion Dance Crew from Northern Marianas College is one of the
best attractions during the competition.

Marcia Ayuyu of McDonald’s Saipan smiles for BRM while
taking a short break from a busy day.

(From left) Narme Mendoza,
Hapi Cenazares and Ana Olaes having fun with the audience at the March 16 McDonald’s Community event. APRIL 2013




Living healthy and well in Saipan Health and wellness are an integral part of a happy lifestyle. Living healthy and well prevents illnesses and ensures you are doing your best to take care of yourself.

Practicing good habits that promote health and wellness begins at childhood. Parents have a responsibility to teach their children to take care of themselves as early as possible. Learning proper hygiene, being health conscious and how to eat healthy are all ways to practice good health and wellness techniques that will lead to a healthier and happier life. Expectant mothers are especially urged to live healthy and well during their pregnancies. After conception there are many ways a pregnant mother can treat herself to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Not using alcohol and tobacco products


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are one important way to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Alcohol during pregnancy can cause many lifelong health conditions. It can also cause miscarriage, preterm birth and stillbirth. Alcohol can cause birth defects of the heart, brain and other organs; vision or hearing problems; low birth weight; learning disabilities; sleeping and sucking problems; speech and language delays and behavioral problems. Smoking cigarettes is not a healthy lifestyle choice even when not pregnant however smoking during pregnancy can be very dangerous to both mother and baby. For the mother, smoking can cause an ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, placental abruption, placenta previa and stillbirth. For the baby, smoking during pregnancy can cause birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, premature birth, low birth weight and can cause the baby to be underweight. Healthy eating habits are encouraged during pregnancy. Too much salt and fatty food is unhealthy for pregnant mothers and their babies. Gaining too much weight can cause risks during pregnancy as well. Gaining too much weight can cause high blood pressure for the expectant mother. Pregnant mothers should take advantage of every opportunity for them provided by their health care providers or the Department of Public Health. After babies are born, there are a multitude of living healthy and well practices that will assist in the development of a happy and healthy life. There are important issues that must be dealt with such as parents getting their children immunized in order for them to be enrolled in school and other issues that are just as important as not skipping breakfast in the morning. A good night’s rest, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, eating healthy and taking good care of your teeth are simple lessons for children to learn for a lifetime of making healthy decisions. Children should also be encouraged to get an hour of play every day in or outdoors to keep them active. Teenagers also have to be reminded to make healthy choices. The teen years are filled with change and choices that have to be made every day. There are issues surrounding food and fitness, peer pressure with drugs and alcohol, teen sex and feelings and emotions that are marked by these years. Parents should take advantage of all programs available for their teenagers provided by the Division of Youth Services on the NMI. There are many ways to keep our community active throughout the year. The American Red Cross Walk-a-thon is certainly a way to get active while raising money for a worthy cause. The event takes place in April of each year. This year it is

being held on April 13. Being active in your community can be a way to demonstrate you care about the people you live among and it is a way to demonstrate positive role modeling. Positive living is a part of living healthy and well. Another important way to living healthy and well is to take full advantage of your health insurance options. Throughout adulthood, people have to see their doctors regularly for routine checkups to prevent illness and promote wellness. We must not forget regular dental cleanings and checkups. The Department of Public Health and other organizations in the NMI can help people quit smoking and alcohol abuse. People who are seeking help in quitting are encouraged to call the Department of Public Health. Women should see their doctors every year to receive annual exams. When women reach the age of 40 they should schedule a mammogram which should be continued every year. Men should also have annual exams. These checkups are important to detecting problems early. When adults reach their senior years, it is important that they take advantage of every opportunity they can from their care providers and the Department of Public Health. We can all live healthy and well if we remember to take care of ourselves and learn the proper health and wellness techniques from our care providers and community organizations. Staying concerned and educated about your health is beneficial to a happy and healthy future on Saipan.

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CNMI arts festival keeps the cultural flame alive By Thomas Johnson

Contributed photo

The Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture will be hosting its annual Flame Tree Arts Festival from April 19 – 21, which is traditionally when the flowers of the festival’s namesake begin to bloom.


his year will mark the 32nd annual celebration of the festival since it first began in 1982, says Angel S. Hocog, executive director of the CCAC. “The Flame Tree Arts Festival is part of the Council’s community program to help promote local culture,” says Hocog. “Because of our diverse community, the Council began by featuring cultures from all over the Pacific Region, which is why we now have our three-day celebration.” Hocog adds that, since its beginning, the festival has gradually grown and evolved into one of the largest cultural festivals in Micronesia, and that he would like to thank the festival’s many sponsors and donors for assisting the CCAC with its financial and logistical needs and making the annual event possible. This year, Hocog and the rest of the CCAC are inviting the public to the Civic Center Beach Park in Susupe, where visiting delegates from Chuuk and Kiribati will be showcasing their art work and putting on live entertainment throughout the threeday event. The festival will begin on Friday, April 19, from 6 – 11 p.m. The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 9-10 a.m., followed by live entertainment until 11 p.m.. The final day will be on Sunday from 10a.m.-11p.m. 10

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1 2 3 4 5 6 Trance Evil Dead

April Fool’s Day

Premier at the Hollywood Thether

Passover Week

HANMI 1st Annual Go-kart Race, Mariana Resort Seaside Circuit

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Premier at the Hollywood Thether

Cross Walkathon 27th Annual American Red Cross Walkathon, 4-H Building, Susupe

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Jobs 32nd Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival, April 19-21, 2013

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 At Any Price The Big Wedding Pain & Gain

Earth Day

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Marianas March Against Cancer April 26-27, 2013


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Did you know that you are required by law

to have your child vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases prior to enrolling your child in any daycare/childcare facility or any school (public or private) in the CNMI? Public Law 6-10 states that every parent of a child shall, at the time of enrollment of the child in any Commonwealth special education, pre school, elementary school, or secondary school, public or non public, irrespective of grade level, provide the school authorities with proof that the child has received all of the immunizations required by the Department of Public Health and Environmental Services. If the child has not received all of the required immunizations, the parents shall be notified immediately that they are required to initiate all required immunizations for their child within 2 weeks after the date of such notice. Every parent of a child already enrolled in a Commonwealth school, public or non public, whose child’s health records show incomplete immunizations, shall be required to initiate remedial action within two weeks following notification of the immunization deficiency. Failure to comply shall be grounds for suspension of the child from school until all immunization standards have been met. Public Law 6-10 further states that every school or child care facility shall obtain and maintain evidence (Health Certificate) on file for ready inspection by Public Health officials that every child has had all required immunizations. No child shall be enrolled in any public or private school or child care facility within the Commonwealth unless evidence (Health Certificate) is presented to the enrolling officer that the child has had all required vaccinations or immunizations.


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School Inspection Team under Department of Public Health-Immunization Program, Estanislau Laniyo, Gloria Ramon, Lily Kapileo, Jeremy Sasamoto, Jeffrey Sablan, Mel Ngirasui, Edward Diaz and Arvin Deleon Guerrero


It means that you must ensure that your child is up to date with all required shots prior to enrolling your child in a school. You must present a valid health certificate as proof that your child has been completely immunized. If your child is already enrolled and you receive a notice of delinquency then you must take action within two weeks. Children may be suspended from school until all immunization requirements are met. Using the word “suspended” sounds bad but it really isn’t. The intent of the law is to protect our children, our families, school facility and staff and our community from crippling and deadly diseases.


Facts about

child abuse neglect and

Facts about child abuse and neglect:

* Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging * Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves. Others may have mental health issues or a substance abuse problem. * Child abuse doesn’t only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines.


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* While abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family. * It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children and become excellent parents.

Types of child abuse

There are several types of child abuse, but the core element that ties them together is the emotional effect on the child. Emotional child abuse • Constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating a child. • Calling names and making negative comparisons to others. • Telling a child he or she is “no good,” “worthless,” “bad,” or “a mistake.” • Frequent yelling, threatening, or bullying. • Ignoring or rejecting a child as punishment, giving him or her the silent treatment. • Limited physical contact with the child—no hugs, kisses, or other signs of affection. • Exposing the child to violence or the abuse of others, whether it be the abuse of a parent, a sibling, or even a pet.

Child neglect

Child neglect is a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, whether it be adequate food, clothing, hygiene, or supervision. Sometimes, a parent might become physically or mentally unable to care for a child, such as with a serious injury, untreated depression, or anxiety. Other times, alcohol or drug abuse may seriously impair judgment and the ability to keep a child safe.

Physical child abuse

Physical abuse involves physical harm or injury to the child. It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, but not always. It can also result from severe discipline, such as using a belt on a child, or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child’s age or physical condition. (Source: APRIL 2013



Call to all NMI residents, let’s get walking for the American Red Cross! The Northern Marianas Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross was chartered on Oct. 8, 1978 and has been hosting its 10K walkathon since 1985. The 27th annual 10K walkathon will take place during Red Cross Month on April 13.


he walkathon is the NMI American Red Cross’s second largest fundraising event and usually its net proceeds are about $40,000. The ARC NMI Chapter’s 24th annual Club 200 Dinner Raffle and Gala event is the organization’s largest revenue generator and is held in October. Walkathon organizers are expecting about 3,000 participants from Saipan, Rota and Tinian. “We call each other on our cell phones and coordinate when to start the walkathon together,” says John Hirsh, executive director of the ARC NMI Chapter. “That’s pretty cool.” Organizers encourage all public and private school children to attend. Registration is $15 and includes an event t-shirt and various give-a-ways and refreshments. In addition there will be a fair, games, face painting and a petting zoo.


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Marianas Health LLC

Your partner in health and wellness Marianas Health LLC is committed to keeping its community healthy. It is a locally owned and operated business that was established in 2000. The company is certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Marianas Health LLC team is made up of dedicated medical and support professionals, some with more than 50 years of experience. Marianas Health LLC operates the Sagan Hinemlo’ Family Clinic which provides services including women’s wellness, comprehensive prenatal


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The dedicated team of Marianas Health LLC

and postpartum care, respiratory education, school and sports physical exams and men’s wellness checks. The Pacific Wellness Center also operated by Marianas Health provides outpatient rehabilitation services, physical therapy, respiratory services and individual group wellness services. Another operation provided by Marianas Health LLC is Marianas Home Care and Hospice which provides services in skilled nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, tobacco cessation, social services and allied medical services. Marianas Home Care and Hospice also provides durable medical equipment and medical supplies.

The Pacific Wellness Center also operated by Marianas Health provides outpatient rehabilitation services, physical therapy, respiratory services and individual group wellness services. APRIL 2013



Sneak Peek:

The Biggest Events of Environmental Awareness Month Tag a sea turtle at Fishing Base with DFW!

April 2 and 4 (11 a.m.) Come watch and learn how DFW tags sea turtles to learn more about their lives and how to better protect them! See a sea turtle up close and personal! Contact Tammy Summers at

Host a film festival!

Any community group, school or other organization can sponsor a showing (free of charge) of one of 20+ environmental documentaries. For a complete list of films, and to coordinate a screening, contact Kaity Mattos at

Environmental EXPO at American Memorial Park

April 16, 17, 18 AMP is coordinating with schools across the island to Saipan’s 4th and 5th grade classes have been invited to attend this year’s Environmental Expo where representatives from a variety of environmental management agencies and organizations will be presenting about their work and how it affects the environment and student’s day to day lives. For more information contact Avra Heller at

Island Wide Cleanup

April 26 (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.) and April 27 (8:00 - 10:00 a.m.) Please contact coordinator Leilani S. Deleon Guerrero at 6648500, to find out how to get involved! 22

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CONTESTS Win cool prizes! Or just come out to cheer on your friends! Trash In Fashion Show

April 25 at the Hard Rock Cafe. High school students will design and craft original high-fashion clothing entirely out of recycled material. Contact Olivia Tebuteb Tenorio at 664-8500.

Recycled Boat Race

April 20 – Everyone should join in! Make a boat out of recycled materials and get it (in one piece with at least one passenger) across the finish line at Kilili beach. Contact Cal Westergard at

CRM’s “Where Does Trash Go?” photo competition

Take your cameras and phones on a mission to answer the question, where does trash go? Submit up to three photos in this year’s Environmental Awareness Month’s digital photo contest (deadline April 26). All ages are welcome to compete for great prizes! Submit your entries to Coastal Resources Management or e-mail them to

Our Laolao photo competition

Details on the Our Laolao Facebook, entries due April 19! Or contact Rachelle Muna at


Check out or for more details or contact EAM Chair, Avra Heller, at avrahellerdeq@ APRIL 2013




My Planet

A 40-year tradition continues this April 22. April 22 is Earth Day! A time to be grateful for all the planet has given us and to think about what we can do to return the favor. So why not plant a tree, clean a beach, or recycle? Environmental Awareness Month

Digital Photo Competition Limit 3 entries per participant Deadline: April 26


Great Prizes!

Where Does Trash Go? Age Divisions: 11 & under, 12-18 years old, 18 & over. Submissions will be displayed at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

Submit pictures to Coastal Resources Management Office or e-mail digital file to For more info call 664-8300.


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he first observed Earth Day was April 22, 1970 where over 20 million Americans came together; the masses were composed of school children, teachers, union members, farmers, scientist, politicians, housewives, and a variety of other community members. President Nixon nor Congress could ignore this movement by citizens across the U.S. Participants came together to express their concerns about environment issues and helped the National Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Clean Air and Water Acts gain political support. Though Earth Day was supposed to be a one-time event it caught on and every year since people from all over the world (over 184 countries) celebrate this annual event. The CNMI is no different; we will once again be celebrating Earth Day in the Marianas and taking it one step further by declaring April to be Environmental Awareness Month. A variety of events and activities will be held all month long, including but not limited to: turtle tagging, bird walks, beach cleanups, brown tree snake searches, snorkeling adventures, a recycled boat race, watershed hikes, a fashion show, a film festival, and a photo contest. Look for announcements and post on as well as on Primo’s facebook page to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Get a head start on the photo contest. We are looking for photos themed “Where Does Trash Go?” Take photos with you digital camera or phone and bring awareness to the CNMI as well as win great prizes (limit of 3 entries per participant). Entries will be displayed at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and we will announce winners on April 30. Deadline to submit your photos is April 26. On the back of your image please state your name, phone number and your age. We have three age divisions, 11 and under, 12-18, and 18 and over. All photos need to be turned in to Coastal Resources Management Office (CRM) or e-mailed to by April 26. After the competition photos will be later premiered on Primo’s facebook page and so much more! Check out www. Good Luck! (Info from

On the Road with BRM - April 2013  
On the Road with BRM - April 2013  

April 2013 issue: Health & Wellness Issue -- Child Abuse Prevention Month -- The importance of immunization -- Environmental Awareness Month