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Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2014

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The week before the start of the summer swim season is Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. Each year, RWII Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The theme for RWII Prevention Week 2014 is Healthy and Safe Swimming: We’re In It Together.
Healthy Swimming & Recreational Water Resources
RWII Prevention & Response Tools for Public Health Professionals – materials to help inform the public, media, community leaders, and others about RWII Prevention Week.
Health Promotion Materials messages to educate the public on how to prevent recreational water illnesses.
Healthy Swimming Fast Facts – information on healthy swimming and recreational water.
Environmental Health Services Resources
EHS Recreational Water Topic page – environmental health services topic page on recreational water.
EHS Publications – articles on recreational water related to environmental health.
Model Aquatic Health Code – a new evidence-based guide to make swimming and water activities healthier and safer. Now in its final comment period.
Update on the Model Aquatic Health Code. [pdf]  – EHSB monthly Journal of Environmental Health article with an update on the MAHC.
Community: More on water safety:
(LiveScience) Although pool water may look clear, it can also be deceiving, as there are still bacteria and parasites in there that may spoil summertime fun.
(Science Daily) Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach 'no peeing in the pool,' despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern. Researchers are reporting that when mixed, urine and chlorine can form substances that can cause potential health problems.
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