July 2010 Table of Contents

News July Is Park and Recreation Month

July marks official Park and Recreation Month. This year, the theme is “Celebrate, Advocate, Recreate!” The National Recreation and Park Association will support local agencies as they plan special events to remind communities of the important Read more

News Swim Lesson Breaks World Record

More than 50 aquatics facilities on four continents joined forces last month to create the record-breaking lesson attempt. Read more

News Gulf Spill is Creating A Summer Mess for Aquatics Professionals

When the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, it caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history — 1 million to 2 million barrels of oil and counting. Read more

News Pool Closures Attracting Celebrity Attention

Across the nation some deep pockets, and celebrities, are helping fund beleaguered aquatics programs. Read more

News Racial Divide Persists in Swimming

In a recent report,USA Swimming stressed that 70 percent of African-American children and 58 percent of Hispanic children have little or no ability to swim, despite many recent advocacy efforts to increase awareness of its importance. Read more

News Inspection Report Reveals ‘Troubling’ Findings

A recent report widely published in the national media revealed that approximately one out of eight public pool inspections conducted in 2008 resulted in immediate closure due to serious code violations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Pr Read more

News AAP Reverses Position on Toddler Swim Lessons

In a move many aquatics professionals have long awaited, the American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed its position against swim lessons for children under 4 years of age. Read more

News CDC Researchers: Many Lack Access to Fitness Facilities

What's behind the U.S. obesity trend? One factor appears to be a general lack of access to parks, safe walking areas, community centers and even aquatics facilities such as yours. Read more

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