Author - Shawn Slevin

Swim Strong Foundation promotes water safety after drownings

THE BRONX – Elected officials are teaming up with a local nonprofit to promote water safety in the wake of recent drownings around the city. The Swim Strong Foundation is urging swimmers to take precautions that could save their lives whether swimming in a pool or open body of water. They include swimming near a lifeguard at all times and never swimming alone. Parents are also urged to supervise their children and to never rely on flotation devices alone. Continue reading [...]

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Toddler’s Drowning Death in Prospect Park Lake Ruled Accidental

The city’s medical examiner has officially ruled the death of a two-year-old Brooklyn girl this weekend an accidental drowning. Police say little Ruhshona Kurbonova wandered off from a family gathering in Prospect Park Saturday. She was found dead in the park’s lake. She and her three-year-old cousin disappeared near the park’s boathouse at around 1:30 p.m. Her cousin was found safe a half hour later. Meantime, in the wake of Kurbonova’s drowning death and four others that have occurred over the past three weeks, [...]

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After drowning deaths, Brooklynites urged to follow safety procedure

In the wake of multiple drowning deaths across the borough, Brooklynites are being urged to exercise proper water safety habits. Representatives from the Swim Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with children and adults to combat drowning through affordable swim lessons, appeared with the Borough President and the family of a two-year-old drowning victim at Grand Army Plaza on Monday to stress several important tips. Continue reading on Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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Adolescent Brains Process Sugar Differntly to Adults

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Marketwired – Jun 15, 2014 With the increase in childhood obesity and the associated increase in type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents, there is growing interest in how children’s bodies process the foods they eat and how obesity and diabetes begin to develop at early ages. Two studies presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions help to shed light on this topic. One study, by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, compared [...]

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The importance of having strong swimming skills

As we knock on summer’s door, I am reflecting on the overwhelming number of people I speak to on a daily basis who STILL don’t know how to swim! The American Red Cross conducted a recent survey and discovered that nearly half of American adults cannot swim. Their definition for the purpose of the survey: “Adults should be able to float or tread water for about a minute, then be able to turn yourself so you can orient to [...]

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What every parent needs to know about secondary drowning

The weekend of May 17, writer Lindsay Kujawa and her toddler son Ronin were at a family pool party. Kujawa sat at the edge of the pool while Ronin played on the top step of the spa, and for five seconds she shifted her position to say something to a relative. Suddenly, she noticed Ronin wasn’t on the step and was instead being whirled around by the jets in the whirlpool, frantically trying to get his head above water. [...]

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Water Safety Awareness Day!

On May 18th Swim Strong celebrated water safety awareness day at Brooklyn Sports Club and Far Rockaway. Here is some coverage from NET TV http://netny.tv/episodes/swim-strong-promotes-swim-safety/#.U4aNvRarDuc.

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Water Safety Tips

Did you know that? ➢ Drowning is the 2nd largest cause of death for children 14 and under here in the US? ➢ African American children drown 3x more than any other demographic? ➢ Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 5 years old and younger? ➢ Drowning is the 2nd largest cause of death GLOBALLY for people of all ages? ➢ Drowning can happen in less than 2 minutes after a person’s head goes under water? What can YOU do to make a change? [...]

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