Category Archives: April 2014

Life-Saving Lessons

Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these fatalities, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury or death in the United States. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency-department care for nonfatal-submersion injured, the CDC states.  “Save Our Kids” is a joint program offered through the Henderson-VanceParks and Recreation Department and the Henderson YMCA … Continue reading

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LBWA — Launch The Fleet

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Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Swim For Your Life

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Just a couple of years ago, while working outside the aquatic industry, I received a phone call about a new volunteer coalition: The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County. “Something I should most assuredly participate in, with my background,” the caller urged. “A drowning-prevention coalition had been established, and great things were in the works!” Sure enough, at the meeting in October 2011, I joined a group of individuals hailing from area aquatic facilities and a number … Continue reading

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Where’s The Bully?

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If you’ve spent any time watching TV, reading a newspaper or magazine, or talking to colleagues who work with kids, the topic of bullies has surely come up. Among the important issues to address:  How to recognize and respond to bullies in a program. How to eliminate the likelihood that bullying will occur in the first place. The answers might surprise you. To begin, the term “bully” refers to more than the stereotypical brute who pushes, punches, and relentlessly insults … Continue reading

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Swimming-Pool Swap

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Many people try to improve their physical fitness by lifting weights or performing different cardiovascular exercises. However, those who continue to do the same routines over and over will not improve. To prevent encountering plateaus and boredom, water exercises can be added to physical-fitness programs. The goal of any workout routine is to improve various fitness components, such as strength, endurance, power, balance, and flexibility. Dense water in a swimming pool provides a natural resistance so the entire body has … Continue reading

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