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This page contains all Healthy Swimming announcements, organized by date. The most recent announcements are at the top.

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May 19, 2014

10th annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week

CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program is pleased to announce the start of the 10th annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week.

Each year, Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. This year’s theme is "Healthy and Safe Swimming: We’re in it Together," focusing on the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

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Join CDC experts and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Missy Franklin for a live Twitter chat – Thursday, May 29, 2-3PM ET

Gearing up for summer swim season? Join our Twitter chat to get info from CDC experts and four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who knows a thing or two about staying healthy and safe in the water!

We'll be here on Thursday, May 29, 2-3PM ET to answer your questions about keeping you and your family healthy and safe around the pool, beach, or waterpark. We'll discuss:

To participate, follow @CDCgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCswim during the chat to view and respond to tweets.

Wait—what’s a Twitter chat? Twitter chats are scheduled gatherings of people on Twitter to discuss anything that interests them, using a #hashtag to keep track of the conversation. Twitter chats offer participants a great way to share knowledge. It’s similar to a chat room in that it’s a topic-driven conversation happening in real time; it just happens to take place on Twitter. 

Not using Twitter? No problem. Just visit http://twitter.com/CDCgov and click “Sign Up” to get started.

Save the date: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, June 20

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson aims to draw attention to the importance of teaching children how to swim as a key component in drowning prevention. On June 20, pools, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local swimming lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Get involved today!

Model Aquatic Health Code Milestone Reached

The first complete "knitted" version of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), the nation’s first science-based model guidance for swimming pools and other aquatic venues, was released in March for the MAHC’s second of two 60-day rounds of public comments.

Are you an environmental health or other public health professional, aquatics facility designer or operator, scientist specializing in waterborne disease or injury prevention, other professional, or a member of the general public interested in protecting and advancing public health at aquatic venues? If so, you are invited to review this version of the MAHC and submit your comments by May 27, 2014.

May 20, 2013

9th annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week

CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program is pleased to announce the start of the 9th annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week.

Each year, Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. This year’s theme is "How We Swimmers Contaminate Pools," focusing on the role of good swimmer hygiene in preventing illness. We wish all of you a healthy and safe summer swim season!

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Coming soon!

We also have a RWII Prevention Week-themed button, currently up on our homepage, and banner (above) that partners can put on their own websites or emails to promote the observance. Please email healthywater@cdc.gov if you are interested in using either of these, and we will send you the files.

Join CDC for a #safeswim Twitter chat, May 22

Join CDC experts Michele Hlavsa and Michael Beach to talk about how to help keep yourself, your family, and your friends healthy and safe this summer swim season and beyond.

We all share the water we play and swim in, but there are some things we don’t want to share with other swimmers—germs. Yuck! Learn about the germs that we swimmers can introduce into the places we swim, how these germs could make you and others sick, and how all of us can take a few easy and effective steps to keep the germs out of the water.

We’ll discuss:

Want to join the conversation? Follow @CDC_NCEZID on Twitter and use the hashtag #swimsafe during the chat to participate.

Wait—what’s a Twitter chat? Twitter chats are scheduled gatherings of people on Twitter to discuss anything that interests them, using a #hashtag to keep track of the conversation. There are chats for everything from blogging on art to agriculture to, yes, health! Twitter chats offer participants a great way to network and share knowledge. It’s similar to a chat room in that it’s a topic-driven conversation happening in real time; it just happens to take place on Twitter.

Not using Twitter? No problem. Just visit https://twitter.com/CDC_NCEZID and click "Sign Up" to get started.

Save the Date: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, June 18

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson aims to draw attention to the importance of teaching children how to swim as a key component in drowning prevention. On June 18, pools, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local swimming lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Get involved today!

Be the first to know CDC’s latest recommendations for aquatic venues!

Join CDC and partners for the release of the first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code for final public comment. The event will take place at the National Environmental Health Aquatic Symposium, a special preconference at this year’s National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition.

The preconference will be held Monday, July 8th from 1-5 p.m. Register for NEHA preconference on the MAHC.

Note: The symposium is free with any one-day or full conference registration. After logging in and registering for the conference, you will have the option to add this symposium and other preconference workshops. Questions? Visit http://neha2013aec.org/ to learn more about the conference and preconference.




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