No Fooling! April Pools DayThe event will also feature a special appearance by Margaret Hoelzer, 2004/2008 Olympian and three-time medalist
Summer is just around the corner and that means days by the pool and at the beach. Before you dive into the water, make sure you and your family get safely prepared for seasonal water-related activities by attending April Pools Day on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion pool, 5303 228th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace.
April Pools Day is a free, family event sponsored by Swedish/Edmonds and the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Department promoting swimming safety and swimming as a healthy lifestyle.
Event activities include:
· Free swim from 9 a.m. - noon
· Free Swedish/Edmonds mini first-aid kits and hand sanitizer
· Lifejacket drawing (must be present to win)
· Lifejacket test drives (try on different kinds and learn how to pick the correct size)
· Learn about safety around the water and participate in water safety stations
· Learn first aid and water safety tips from a Swedish/Edmonds Emergency Department medical professional
The event will also feature a special appearance by Margaret Hoelzer, 2004/2008 Olympian and three-time medalist, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“I’m excited to be a part of April Pools Day,” says Hoelzer. “Swimming helped provide me with self-esteem and is a great way for the whole family to stay healthy and have fun.
“Teaching others about water safety is also important to me. Even though the water is fun, it can be a dangerous place, especially for children who aren’t aware of the importance of safe activities in and around the water. ”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2005 and 2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal, unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — that’s about ten deaths per day.
About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
Water safety tips:
· Learn to swim. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
· When possible, swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.
· Read and obey all rules and posted signs.
· Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
· Always wear a life jacket when boating in lakes, rivers or Puget Sound or if you’re an inexperienced swimmer.
· Be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas, currents, depth changes, obstructions and where the entry and exit points are located.
· Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
· Use a feet-first entry when entering the water. Enter head first only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.
· Do not drink alcohol when swimming, boating or supervising children. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.
· Learn how to perform CPR.
For more information about April Pools Day, go to www.swedish.org/AprilPoolsDay, http://www.mltrec.com or call 425-776-9173.
About Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department
The Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department is excited to serve you and your family with a variety of quality programs and knowledgeable, friendly staff. The Recreation Pavilion is Mountlake Terrace's Community Center.
It houses their unique indoor swimming pool, preschool and before and after-school care programs, wonderful dance programs, and is “home base” for their athletics department. The Pavilion also features an Indoor Playground, racquetball courts, spa, sauna, espresso stand, rental facilities, and more!
Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of about 1,500 employees. The hospital is nationally recognized having received the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, in 2011 and 2012. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/edmonds.
Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.
In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research.
For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.
About Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions.
With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services.
The health system employs more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Washington.
In 2011, Providence provided more than $651 million in community benefit, including nearly $204 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care.
Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began more than 155 years ago.
In 2011, Swedish provided more than $145 million in community benefit in Western Washington. Together, Providence and Swedish are working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care in all of the communities they serve.
For more information, visit www.providence.org.