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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National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

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  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the momentous occasion when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that would eventually be put to music and become the fledgling United States of America’s National Anthem, better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I have often waxed philosophically in this blog about how important music is to us all; how a song from years ago continues to delve up memories each time we hear it.  The Star-Spangled … 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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Risky Business

As an expert witness called to testify by attorneys in numerous drowning or near-drowning cases, I’ve observed a victim’s family members attempt to ease the pain of losing (or almost losing) a loved one by finding someone to blame. In certain cases, a lifeguard or pool manager failed to perform his or her duties, or a facility didn’t provide a reasonable standard of care, and the finger-pointing is justified. At other times, however, the tragedy is exactly that: a tragedy. … Continue reading

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Where There’s A Will

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Adapted aquatic opportunities cater to a wide range of patrons. Although the phrase “adapted aquatics” typically conjures up images of older adults and persons with significant disabilities, it also applies to a child with arthritis, an athlete recovering from an injury, an individual with autism, or an adult caring for a parent. Since most facilities cater to those with willing and strong bodies, through athletics, fitness classes, and events, these same facilities that don’t consider participants that have the will … Continue reading

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Blackhawk Meadow Park

In 2001, The Byron Park District purchaed 9.38 acres of land on Mill Road for the first park in the District’s history. Facilities within the park include two sets of play equipment for different age groups, two half-court basketball courts, [...] More