Swimming, boating or skiing ...warm-weather fun often involves the water.
Water-based activities come with added risks: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Children are especially endangered: Drowning is the second most common cause of injury death among children ages 1 to 14; and drownings peak in June and July.
Swim lessons can help. The CDC found that participation in formal swim lessons helped reduce drowning risks among toddlers and preschool-aged children. However, certain groups, including African American children, were less likely to have participated in formal swim lessons.
To learn more about swim lessons in our region, please call the Cincinnati Recreation Commission at 513-357-POOL (7665) or visit the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s MYY.org website.
In addition to swim lessons, these strategies can help keep your family safe:
For more information about water safety, visit https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/.
Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department.
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