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April 2015 Edition
Focus Topic: Healthy Pools

Andy’s Corner – Healthy Water is Safe Water

Time for a Bath!

“Time for bath.”
Screams. “No, no, no! I don’t wanna take a bath! No, no, no!” Flapping arms. Stomping feet.
Fast forward twenty minutes. “Time to get out of the bath.”
“Awww, just a few more minutes. Please.”

It’s a familiar evening for parents of a toddler, yet after the bath you have yourself a clean, calm child who falls asleep easily and stays asleep. From backyard kiddie pools to splashing in puddles to an evening in the tub with their favorite toys, kids love water.

As a toddler would say, “But why?”

This month we sought out the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) for answers. In the past, we’ve written about NSPF’s certification programs for pool operators, but they also fund research and promote these findings in accordance with their mission to “encourage healthy living by increasing aquatic activity.”

You’re thinking, “Duh. Everyone knows swimming is a healthy activity.” Sure, but did you know that merely being in the water is good for you? Thirty laps is fantastic exercise, but a simple soak in the hot tub can also make you healthier. A lot healthier in a lot of ways.

Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University has researched physiological effects of immersion in warm water. He has found benefits Read the rest of this entry »

Community & Organizers to Celebrate 50 Years at the Farmington Y

By Sherri Kolade skolade@candgnews.com

FARMINGTON HILLS — It all started a little over half a century ago, when the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit decided to form a branch in Farmington Hills in 1965.

Since then, thousands of families and youth have called the Farmington Family YMCA home, including longtime member Grant Anderson.

The 28-year-old Bingham Farms resident, who has been a member for over a decade, said while eating lunch April 9 at the Y that having a closed-head injury in 2007 never stopped his love of attending his YMCA.

“(The YMCA) has created a loving atmosphere,” Anderson said. “It makes you feel like you’re a part of a bigger family, because I’m a people-person.”

Anderson, like many others before and after him, attended the YMCA for recreation.

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Creating One Million New Swimmers

Did you know swimming can improve the lives of people of all ages, races and health status? This winning video illustrates how learning to swim is a necessary and essential investment in our future. Watch the video, share it, and visit StepIntoSwim.org to donate to the campaign if you agree.

Kevin Didn’t Move Fast Enough!

Kevin Rodenbo, Senior Service Tech at Aquatic Source, was giving his daughter some batting pointers. Someone should have told Kevin that it’s a bad idea to stand in the batting cage!!

Example of an Unhealthy Pool

Scott Camp came across a great example of an unhealthy pool while on vacation. Being a dedicated aquatics reporter he quickly pulled out his trusty iPhone and shot this quick video.

Top 5 Benefits of Swimming

Early Registration Opens for the 12th Annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference

Early Registration for the 12th Annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference Opened April 1.

Register by June 1 to save.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 25, 2015 — Organizers announce early registration is available on April 1 for the 2015 World Aquatic Health™ Conference(WAHC™), offering a savings when registering by June 1. The three-day event, hosted by the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), is slated for Oct. 7-9, 2015, in the Valley of the Sun, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. Complete details can be found at thewahc.org , including one-stop registration, an interactive seminar schedule, presenter bios, and special conference events; also a link to make discountedhotel room reservations (book early to assure a room at $154.00 per night plus taxes, available through Sept. 13, 2015).

This year’s Welcome Reception will celebrate NSPF’s 50th Anniversary of keeping pools open and safer. Other special events include a private showing of the Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce documentary, “Touch the Wall”; the International NSPF Instructor Meeting; an Environmental Health Leader Reception; and an Emerging Leaders Reception.

In addition, the first bi-annual meeting of the CMAHC (Conference of the Model Aquatic Health Code) will take place Oct. 6-7 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The CMAHC serves the key role of collecting, assessing, and relaying national input needed on the MAHC. Other pre and post conference events include an Insider’s Tour; USA Swimming’s Regional Build a Pool Conference; and a Genesis 3 Event to be announced.

Two notable keynote addresses will kick off the packed schedule Read the rest of this entry »

NSPF Announces RWI & Injury Prevention Week