Healthy and Safe Swimming Week! May 18 - 24
Formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, the week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 will take place May 18-24, 2015, marking the 11th anniversary of this observance.
Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Americans swim hundreds of millions of times in pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, and hot tubs/spas each year and most people have a safe and healthy time enjoying the water. However, it is important to be aware of ways to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs), sunburn, and drowning that can occur. CDC's Healthy Swimming Program and website, launched in 2001, provides information for the public, public health and medical professionals, and aquatics staff so everyone can maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury.
Bayfield County works to protect swimmers by monitoring our Lake Superior Beaches during the summer months. To check the water quality at your favorite beach visit Wisconsin Beach Health Home.
For other information to keep your swimmers safe this summer:
This process includes identifying local factors causing health concerns, recognizing community assets and resources, and mobilizing community resources to improve the health of residents. A community health improvement plan, while targeting local health priorities, is often linked to state and national health priorities. This plan includes statistics on health status, community health needs, and studies of health problems.
Bayfield County Community Health Improvement Plan
Historically, Ashland and Bayfield counties have completed their community health improvement plans (CHIP) together. Ashland and Bayfield counties are very similar - they are both rural counties and demographically comparable. The 2005-2009 CHIP for Ashland and Bayfield counties focused on four areas:
◦ Mental health and related issues
◦ Appropriate nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of obesity
◦ Tobacco use
◦ Environmental health, water quality, and solid waste
After implementing strategies identified in the previous plan for these health focus areas, and evaluation was completed to help measure the effectiveness of the previous initiative.
Click here to view the final version of the Community Health Improvement Plan.