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Media Advisory

CDC Announces Healthy Swimming Video Contest

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2011
Contact: CDC Online Newsroom
(404) 639-3286


To help us educate swimmers, CDC's Healthy Swimming Program is asking the public to make short, creative videos that feature simple steps everyone can take to ensure a healthy and illness-free swimming experience.


Win $1,000 and have your video seen by thousands of people while helping to improve swimmer health! Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. Each summer, thousands of Americans get sick with recreational water illness (RWIs) after they go swimming. RWIs are illnesses caused by germs found in places where we swim. Simple steps like not swimming when you have diarrhea and keeping water out of your mouth can help prevent the spread of germs that cause RWIs. Preventing RWIs is easy, but CDC needs your help to spread the word!


Your video can be a rap, sketch, dance, slide show, or anything you want it to be, as long as it includes CDC's four key healthy swimming messages and appeals to a broad audience. The top videos will be posted on CDC's YouTube Channel for a public vote. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, courtesy of the CDC Foundation. The winning video will also be featured on CDC's Healthy Swimming Website and CDC's YouTube Channel for thousands to see.


The deadline for submission is Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:59pm ET


Submission guidelines can be found at

For more information and to enter the contest, please visit For more information about RWIs and healthy swimming, go to


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