The Model Aquatic Health Code : making swimming healthy and safe
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The Model Aquatic Health Code : making swimming healthy and safe

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      People in the United States make more than 300 million trips a year to pools and other places to swim, making swimming one of the nation’s most popular sporting activities. And two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, can decrease the risk for chronic illnesses. Yet some people are swimming in pools that are not safe. In fact, a recent study found that 12% of public pools inspected were closed for serious violations. Waterborne disease outbreaks are on the rise, drowning continues to injure and claim the lives of far too many, and swimming-related emergency room visits are in the thousands each year. Many of these tragedies occur in public pools, waterparks, and other aquatic venues—many of them are preventable.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health officials, and industry experts are developing a Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). This is a guidance document that can help local and state authorities make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. The MAHC offers guidelines for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of public swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities.

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