A Cannonball or a Close Call?
Did you know that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14? This May, the Y is recognizing National Water Safety Month to raise awareness of this issue. In addition to the tips below from Pool Safely, we encourage families to teach their kids to swim. Not only may it save their life, but swimmers at the Y can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends, get physically active, and develop confidence and a positive mental attitude.
1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool
Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
Teach children basic water safety tips
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
2. Learning and practicing water safety skills
Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa
Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Join the Resolution
At the Y, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. The start of a new year is an opportunity to re-inspire your goals, dreams and life. But of the 60% of Americans that make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% will be successful.*
How many times have you resolved to lose weight, get stronger or be more active? Join the Y’s Resolution to make 2014 the best year yet. Don’t fret, you don’t have to do it alone! Below are exercises, tips and recipes to help you get started, and stick with, a plan that meets your needs.
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Citrus & Mint Tea
Dark Chocolate & Pomegranate Bark
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Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Family time is more important than ever!
Serving families has always been at the heart of the Y. And in today’s time-strapped society, healthy, constructive family time is more important than ever. Family time is about giving families as a unit, and as individuals, the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community.
Explore a new trail together
Go for family walks around your neighborhood
Playful movement an hour a day – it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as your arms and legs are moving!
Make up indoor versions of outdoor games
Go on a walking tour of the National Mall – there’s always something new to discover!
Kid Friendly DC is filled with activity and event ideas
Check out Washington Post’s Going Out Guide for the latest kid-friendly events
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Be Prepared For Summer with These Water Safety Tips
Summertime means pool time for many children and adults, and as they venture to their favorite spots to swim, play and create lasting memories, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington reminds swimmers to practice safety when in or around the water. This May, the Y is recognizing National Water Safety Month to raise awareness of this issue.
Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina. The Y encourages all children and adults to learn how to swim. It’s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day.
The Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, swimmers at the Y can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends, and develop confidence and a positive mental attitude. Swimming is also a great way to help more children be physically active. Only 19 percent of U.S. children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 160 years. There are a variety of programs to choose, including family swim, swim leagues, parent-child lessons, aqua fitness and more. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.
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