Source: Good Sports Quincy, MA, May 22, 2013 - In the past decade, more than 500,000 kids have hit the country's fields and courts with donated uniforms, shoes, balls and other equipment, thanks to Good Sports, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit dedicated to partnering with manufacturers to provide youth with sporting goods. Now, the organization is celebrating the donation of $8.8 million in sports and fitness equipment over 10 years, as well as more than a half-million kids outfitted for physical activity. An inaugural donation of 500 basketballs from Spalding, donated to local Boston-area sports organizations, kicked the program off in 2003. Since then, Good Sports has expanded from Massachusetts to 41 states across the country, serving youth in 22 diverse sports - from volleyball to boating, soccer to gymnastics. To date, the nonprofit has helped more than 1,000 youth sports teams, leagues and clubs, channeling donated sports equipment from top-of-the-line manufacturers to organizations in need. As a result, 69 percent of recipient organizations reported serving more youth, while 68 percent dropped participation costs for families; 64 percent started new athletic programs. Melissa Harper and Christy Keswick, the organization's executive duo and members of the founding team behind Good Sports, believe all kids deserve the chance to play, and receive the vast health and social benefits of regular activity, regardless of where they live and family income. Looking ahead, Harper and Keswick hope to build on the nonprofit's impressive first decade of growth, as they believe at least five million more kids need help getting on the field. "Physical activity is critical for child development, not only physically but academically and emotionally," Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper said. "Kids from advantaged backgrounds should not be the only ones to benefit from sports and fitness. All kids should have the opportunity to play, and we are committed to making that a reality." Good Sports' success stems from its mutually-beneficial partnership model, which since inception has included 114 relationships with sporting goods manufacturers and corporations. Partners benefit from channeling donation requests through Good Sports, generating a strong return on investment, in addition to the positive marketing and public relations benefits. Equipment partners, like New Balance, Easton-Bell Sports, Reebok and Wilson, further benefit through significant operational efficiencies gained through a donation partnership with the organization, as it allows them to easily shed surplus products. Good Sports also collaborates with numerous corporate partners, including several Fortune 500 companies. Professional athletes and teams also partner to deliver donations and serve as role models; pro partners include Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, Carl Landry of the Golden State Warriors and Corey Wooten of the Chicago Bears, as well as pro sports teams, including the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia Eagles. Good Sports' model works because all parties recognize the pressing need to support American sports and fitness programs. Children benefit from constructive outlets and physical activity, and today's kids are in dire need of healthy opportunities. One in three American children are overweight or obese, a number that has more than tripled since 1980, even as fitness and athletic opportunities decline, particularly in urban areas. The 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least one hour of daily activity for youth, but research shows only 42 percent of children between 6 and 11, and only 8 percent of teens, accomplish this. In fact, more than 50 percent of kids stop playing sports by 12 years old. Good Sports serves youth up to 18 years old in diverse communities - from 16,000 kids at a popular Boston community center to small teams in Iowa farmland - in a cohesive, passionate effort to counteract these negative and unhealthy trends. About Good SportsGood Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $8 million worth of equipment to 1,000 youth programs, impacting more than 500,000 kids.
- by Emily Attwood
- May 2013
Source: Sports Turf Managers Association
Leading Industry Event Returns to San Diego for First Time Since 2004
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – will host its 27th annual Conference & Exhibition January 19-22, 2016 in San Diego, Calif.
Approximately 1,200 leaders in the sports turf industry will gather at the San Diego Convention Center for more than 75 hours of cutting-edge sports turf education, dedicated networking functions and exhibitor demonstrations. The event was previously held in San Diego in 2004.
Close to 70 educational sessions and panel discussions will feature sports turf managers along with academic and commercial representatives from schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.
With nine educational tracks, sample topics include agronomics, pest control, water, professional development, research, facility management, construction/renovation, industry developments and sustainability.
"The 2016 Conference & Exhibition in San Diego is the ideal opportunity for sports turf leaders to showcase and learn about the industry’s progression through technology, research and best practices," says Kim Heck, STMA Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to a large number of networking events where our members learn from each other, we have developed an extensive educational program that will provide solutions to the varied challenges our members face.”
On Wednesday, January 20, STMA will present the experts discussing research and unique specialties, such as biomechanics. The lineup includes:
· Richard Kent, Ph.D., University of Virginia, discussing shoes and field surface interaction
· Daniel Russell, Ph.D., Penn State University, discussing acoustics and vibration of sports equipment
· Joel Stitzel, Ph.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine, speaking to current research involving crash injury and engineering biomechanics of trauma, automotive safety and sport and military biomechanics
· Timothy Gay, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, presenting turf, sports, physics, and concussions
New additions to the Conference are: “Fun Run/Walk” led by chair Tom Nielsen of the Louisville Bats; “International and First Timer's Reception” on January 20; and a free customized Conference app to help attendees build schedules, rate sessions and download speaker presentations.
Returning for 2016, the always-popular “Seminar on Wheels Tour” will visit SoCal Sports Complex, Del Mar Race Track, San Diego Jewish Academy, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium and San Diego State University.
Conference attendees can also take advantage of continuing education units from the American Sports Builders Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, National Recreation and Park Association, Professional Grounds Management Society and STMA.
The SAFE Foundation – STMA’s charitable arm enriching communities by championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields – will host a variety of fundraising events throughout the Conference. It also presents awards to the winners of the Student Challenge, a competition between teams of undergraduates in turfgrass programs with two groups taking home $4,000 each.
Registration for the Conference opens today, October 1. Receive complimentary entrance with new membership dues. Be sure to book before December 15, 2015 to take advantage of “early bird” rates.
For more info: www.stma.org, www.twitter.com/fieldexperts, 800.323.3875.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.
For more information: www.stma.org, 800.323.3875.
Source: American Council on Exercise
The 2015 State of Obesity Report Aligns with ACE’s Vision of Creating a Culture of Health in Communities Nationwide
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30, 2015—The American Council on Exercise (ACE) issued the following statement in response to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015 report, released last week by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual report is one of the most widely read and referenced documents on the current state of the obesity epidemic in the United States.
“We wholeheartedly agree with and support the report’s call to place a higher priority on, and increased investment in, both policies and programs that give children the tools to grow up at a healthy weight and that offer support to adults to live their healthiest lives,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “The report aligns directly with ACE’s vision, which calls for an environment where people have been educated, empowered and granted the access they need to be physically active and committed to making healthy lifestyle choices.”
Goudeseune added, “We were thrilled to see the report outline several critical needs around physical activity including a call for increased utilization of available preventive health services and community resources, and to find better ways to integrate healthcare with community-based programs and services to allow the healthy choice to be the easy and smart choice. Additionally, we were pleased to see emphasis placed on targeting intensive efforts in areas of marked inequities.”
ACE is leading the charge to enable fitness professionals and health coaches to become a more integral part of the healthcare team and serve as the link between the clinic and the community. ACE is an advocate before state and federal governments and to the healthcare system to extend physical activity-based prevention programming beyond the clinic to the places where people live, work and play.
ACE offers leading-edge education and certification programs to professionals seeking to provide behavior intervention services that support active, healthy lifestyles directly in the community. ACE’s Health Coaches, Behavior Change and Medical Exercise Specialists are uniquely positioned to be a part of the solution by keeping people out of doctor’s office and helping them make healthy choices and physical activity a habit.
For a full copy of The State of the Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015 report click here.
For more information about ACE’s Behavior Change Specialist, Health Coach and Medical Exercise Specialist certifications click here.
The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 58,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space and all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.read more
Water Immersion Works™: Research-Based Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and Activity includes vignettes from noted scholars
Chattanooga, TN - We know that water immersion is beneficial for the overall health of every individual, for uniting families, and building communities. It is also extremely beneficial for physical activity, and provides an alternative medium of exercise to those that are unable to participate in land-based activities. Now, Water Immersion Works: Research-Based Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and Activity can provide aquatic facilities, trainers, and community advocates with a resource to help promote, advance, and creatively support and fund water immersion initiatives and infrastructure.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), in addition to the esteemed aquatic scholar contributors, participated in the development of this report to obtain and publish meaningful research. Water Immersion Works documents the benefits of water immersion and activity across a variety of topics including increasing blood flow to the brain, and promoting cardiovascular, nervous system, and overall health.
Inés Palacios, Ph.D., Director of Recreation for PlayCore states, "We were excited to be a catalyst in bringing this research together, and look forward to distributing this publication at the World Aquatic Health™ Conference in Scottsdale, AZ Oct 7-9, as well as through our Center for Professional Development, our partnership with NSPF, and our aquatic brands and colleagues."
The publication features 13 vignettes, written by noted-aquatic scholars, each designed to define and document key research findings in successful water immersion initiatives. "Only through awareness of the unique benefits of water can we hope to increase opportunities for healthy behavior, especially among the populations where water offers the most meaningful opportunities for active engagement,” added NSPF’s CEO, Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D. “This resource will help other communities to approach and develop meaningful water immersion programs, build social capital, and enrich aquatic recreation programming and facilities for their members."
To begin your journey on how water immersion can benefit your community, request a copy of Water Immersion Works by logging on to www.playcore.com/water-immersion.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs, and partnerships. They infuse this learning into their complete family of brands.
PlayCore combine best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. To learn more, log on to www.playcore.com.
About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit www.nspf.org or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.read more
Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 28, 2015 –The World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) announces special keynote speaker, three time Olympian-Gold Medal winner, Rowdy Gaines and a new WAHC track focused on industry market growth. The National Swimming Pool Foundation®, a non-profit located in Colorado, is hosting the WAHC at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona on October 7-9, 2015.
On Thursday morning, October 8 at 8:30 am, Rowdy Gaines will kick off the 12th Annual WAHC with an inspiring opening address titled the “Dedication and Commitment through the Peaks and Valleys of Life.” Rowdy has been a prominent ambassador for the sport of swimming for more than 30 years as his Olympic journey peaked in 1984 when he won three gold medals. The WAHC is proud to have him lend his life experiences and knowledge of swimming to the attendees of the Conference. Gaines was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995; ten years later he became a part of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Having an Olympian Celebrity isn’t the only new and noteworthy announcement for the 2015 WAHC. Organizers are pleased to present Market Growth, a new track that will be presented on Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 am- 4:50 pm. This track will lay strategic groundwork for the pool and spa industry and initiate a necessary dialog to forge a vision for the future of aquatics.
The Thursday track is meant to show professionals in the aquatic field how getting more people to swim can benefit their individual business and increase sales overall. Presentations will link the health of the U.S. to the health of the swimming field and help attendees learn how to get the public off the couch and into the water. Sessions include a range of topics, from real life stories about how the Angels of America’s Fallen has changed the lives of children to making pool designs more accessible and relevant for all.
“We need to better understand today’s consumer, message effectively together, and ride the coattails of major health and economic trends,” emphasizes Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF. “Healthier people and greater prosperity will be the result for the entire industry and the public.”
There is still time to register for the WAHC! Do not miss out on these two great opportunities. The needed dialogue will help spark further research and education on how to make swimming more mainstream for everyone. This will be positive for both the public’s health and the industry’s prosperity.
About the World Aquatic Health™ Conference
This leading global aquatic research forum is tailored for people involved in all aspects of aquatics, those affiliated with aquatic facilities, pool and spa industry, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail, and media. Watch the video.
About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit www.nspf.org or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.
PLANO, Texas, Sept. 25, 2015 -- Santa Fe South Elementary School in Oklahoma City celebrated the opening of the area's first DreamCourt™ on Sept. 24, 2015, thanks to a collaboration among WorldVentures Foundation™, Nancy Lieberman Charities and Sport Court®. DreamCourts are top-quality, multipurpose play spaces built in lower-income communities to promote fitness and fun. Local dignitaries, event sponsors and community members gathered for the DreamCourt induction at Santa Fe South—which is home to Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County.
"The goal of the DreamCourt program is to keep children off the streets and to provide them with a safe and competitive environment where they can develop skills such as teamwork and good sportsmanship," explained Gwyneth Lloyd, executive director of WorldVentures Foundation.
Dean Blevins, sports caster for KWTV-News 9 and co-host of "The Total Dominance Hour" radio show, emceed the event. Speakers included Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, Santa Fe South Schools Superintendent Chris Brewster and Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County President and CEO Jane Sutter.
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman, founder and chairwoman of Nancy Lieberman Charities, was unable to attend due to her obligations as assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings, but she shared her sentiments with the audience through a letter.
"I am living the dream that every one of the kids who will play on this court will have one day. I'm proud to be in Sacramento making history as only the second woman to coach in the NBA. But history doesn't mean anything unless we open the doors for others to fulfill a dream. Together, we will give young people in Oklahoma City, our next generation, a chance to be in a safe, healthy, competitive environment. This will help develop all the characteristics they need to grow their life skills."
Of 20 DreamCourts built to date, 12 are located at Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. The six-hoop DreamCourt constructed at Santa Fe South measures a mammoth 50-by-80 feet and features Sport Court's SportGame high-performance safety surface and bright blue and orange accents.
About WorldVentures Foundation
Launched in 2010, WorldVentures Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WorldVentures Holdings and focuses on positive change in the lives of children. WorldVentures' Independent Representatives and DreamTrips™ Members—the volunteers and driving force behind the Foundation's Service Excursions, VolunTours, DreamCourts and global initiatives—provide inspiration when they serve and implement sustainable economic and environmental solutions within communities around the world. www.wvfoundation.org
About Nancy Lieberman Charities
Founded in 2009, The Nancy Lieberman Charities provides a healthy, physical, emotional and mental environment for young girls and boys to build confidence and self-esteem so they make positive choices for their future. Nancy Lieberman is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for youth through her basketball camps and clinics, DreamCourts, college scholarships, as well as backpack and laptop programs. www.nancyliebermancharities.org
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County
Since 1995, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County has been at the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances throughout Oklahoma City. The Club is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which works to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County serves over 800 young people daily, has over 3,600 registered members and offers programs at four locations throughout Oklahoma County. www.bgcokc.org
Source: Life Fitness
Ramsey, Minnesota, factory expansion will increase production, provide local job opportunities
Ramsey, Minn., Sept. 25, 2015 – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, held a ground-breaking at its Ramsey, Minn., factory on Sept. 24, to make way for a nearly 50,000-square-foot expansion. The addition comes after production at the factory has nearly doubled over the previous six years. In addition to increased production efficiency, the expansion will provide additional jobs for the local community and surrounding area.
“Our factory in Ramsey is vital to our global production,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “We produce more products in Ramsey than anywhere else in the world, and we’re excited to continue growing with the community and providing more job opportunities as we expand.”
Currently, the Life Fitness Ramsey factory produces more than 140 different commercial strength Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment products. Additionally, the location produces welded components for Life Fitness cardiovascular fitness equipment that are shipped to its Franklin Park, Ill., facility for full assembly.
Scheduled for completion in March 2016 when the expanded Ramsey facility will total over 330,000 square feet, the expansion will create increased space to allow for a restructuring of the floor layout to improve efficiencies. The addition also will provide Life Fitness with the capacity to accommodate anticipated international growth, and further position the company to provide customers with greater levels of customization and enhanced customer service.
The City of Ramsey approved a tax increment financing (TIF) agreement to facilitate project construction. Additionally, the State of Minnesota has issued a job creation fund award allowing Life Fitness to earn incentives as new jobs are created over the next five years. Further, Life Fitness will seek to use the project’s capital with area contractors to invest in the area economy.
“The City of Ramsey and State of Minnesota have both been a significant help in this expansion project, and we thank the community for its support and for being our partners in growth,” said Clawson.
Life Fitness has been a staple of the Ramsey community for more than 15 years. Acquiring the current facility in 1998 when it was 60,000 square feet, the factory more than quadrupled in 2000 amid global company growth with the addition of 225,000 square feet.
The Ramsey factory currently produces the following fitness equipment for global shipment: Insignia Series, SYNRGY360, Multi-Jungles, Cable Motion machines, Hammer Strength Select Series, Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment and Hammer Strength Motion Technology Selectorized (MTS) equipment.
Life Fitness also has factories in Franklin Park, Ill.; Falmouth, Ky.; Tulsa, Okla.; Bristol and Delavan, Wis., as well as Kiskoros, Hungary. Life Fitness is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment and billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information on Life Fitness and its family of brands, please visit www.lifefitness.com,www.brunswickbilliards.com and www.scifit.com.
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine, BLA and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern boats, and Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and SCIFIT fitness equipment, and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture and InMovement products and services for productive well-being. For more information, visithttp://www.brunswick.com.read more
Source: Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code
Leading organizations make substantial donations to sustain the Model Aquatic Health Code, striving for a higher aquatic health and safety standard.
Decatur, Ga., September 24, 2015 — Eight visionary organizations, including two Founding Sponsors, have stepped up to sponsor the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC), furthering assurance this important non-profit will be positioned to keep the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) sustainable, current, and complete. Sponsorship helps underwrite the change process, organize and convene the Vote on the Code Biennial Conference, oversee the MAHC research agenda, and much more.
The CMAHC is excited to welcome two new Founding Sponsors, Counsilman-Hunsaker and SeaWorld Entertainment, who join with the National Swimming Pool Foundation as CMAHC benefactors through their critical investment in the future of the MAHC. “On behalf of the Counsilman-Hunsaker team, I would like to express the shared commitment we have with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code. Having an industry wide comprehensive pool code such as the MAHC that is based upon scientific data and best practices will support our collective efforts of safeguarding the health and safety of every aquatic facility user while emphasizing the positive impacts provided through aquatic activities,” stated Scott W. Hester, P.E., President, Counsilman-Hunsaker. SeaWorld Entertainment Chief Park Operations Officer, Dan Brown, added, “Assuring the safety of guests in our six water parks is our highest priority and SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code. We have worked in close partnership with CDC for many years in the creation of this code and we view it as a great step forward in improving health and safety in all the nation’s aquatic facilities.”
This much-needed underwriting from three founding sponsors is augmented by six additional organizations who have made financial investments in support of the CMAHC. The CMAHC welcomes: The American Chemistry Council, Aqua-Cal, Ellis & Associates, Eco-Lab, IPSSA, and the New Mexico Department of Environmental Health. “We deeply appreciate the support of these leaders who share our vision, to reach for a higher aquatic standard,” said Douglas Sackett, Executive Director of the CMAHC.
Many of the CMAHC sponsors participated in the seven-year MAHC development process where they contributed their leadership and countless hours of their expertise. “The CMAHC Board of Directors is grateful to all of the sponsors who have generously donated their money, their precious time, and their leadership. These organizations are committed to keeping swimming a healthy, safe, family and individual activity,” added Sackett, who invites people to hear from these six CMAHC sponsors about why they are committed to sustaining the MAHC through the CMAHC and its partnership with the CDC.
“Appropriate swimming pool chemistry is a significant factor in keeping swimming healthy and enjoyable. That’s why the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council and its members are proud to support CDC’s efforts to develop science-based guidance on swimming pool operation and maintenance through the Model Aquatic Health Code,” explained Judith D. Nordgren, Managing Director, ACC’s Chlorine Chemistry Division.
“Aquacal Autopilot is a strong proponent of one single, national standard for the design, construction, and operation of public pools. The CMAHC is the right organizational platform for the development and ongoing support of one effective and sensible national standard,” affirmed Dr. Bill Kent, President/Owner, Aquacal Autopilot, Team Horner Group.
"Ellis & Associates is proud to be a CMAHC sponsor. As the Leader in Aquatic Risk Management, E&A has been involved in the MAHC development since its inception and supports any mission that is closely aligned with E&A's mission of Zero Drownings and the creation of safer aquatic facilities," said Richard A. Carroll, Sr. VP/COO, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.
“As a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, Ecolab supports the MAHC’s efforts to provide consistent and uniform code language for all regulatory agencies. Standardizing requirements will improve conditions in commercial swimming pools and aligns with Ecolab’s corporate goals to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier – protecting people and vital resources,” stated Jim Mock, Director of Operations, Aqua Balance, EcoLab.
“The Independent Pool & Spa Association, Inc. (IPSSA) exists for the mutual professional benefit and growth of its members and for the continued improvement of the pool and spa industry. So, it was an easy decision for us to sponsor the CMAHC,” commented Bob Luedtke, IPSSA Education Committee Co-Chair.
“The New Mexico Environment Department Swimming Pool Program has been involved with the development of the MAHC from the beginning. We are in the process of adopting the Model Aquatic Health Code 1st Edition as a large part of New Mexico Swimming Pool Regulations. We support the continued development and revisions to the MAHC to make it the national standard for the aquatic industry,” said Eugene R Knight, Swimming Pool Program Manager, New Mexico Environment Department, Environmental Health Bureau.
The CMAHC is seeking organizations and companies who want to align with the CDC, one of the world’s leading health organizations, and share a mission that makes aquatics the best it can be, promoting healthy fun and exercise at safe aquatic facilities. Additional CMAHC Founding Sponsorships are available through 2015; Hall of Fame, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship opportunities are also available.
This October, CMAHC members will be voting on more than 160 proposed changes to the MAHC. People are encouraged to join the CMAHC as only CMAHC members have the ability to comment and vote on proposed changes to the MAHC. The voting will take place electronically one month following the first CMAHC Vote on the Code 2015 Biennial Conference. The conference is slated for October 6-7, 2015, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz., just prior to the 12th World Aquatic Health Conference at the same location. Register for the Vote on the Code 2015 Conference now to attend in-person or by Live Streaming. You don’t have to be a CMAHC member to attend but join the CMAHC so you can post comments and vote on the proposed changes.
About The CMAHC
The CMAHC is a conduit for CDC to receive data-driven, science-based MAHC update advice from public health and aquatic industry experts committed to healthy and safe swimming by keeping the MAHC current, sustainable, and easily understood and implemented. The CMAHC is unique in that no other organization exists exclusively to advocate, evolve, innovate, promote implementation, and organize research in support of the Model Aquatic Health Code.
Unlike legislation, the MAHC is voluntarily adopted, wholly or in part, and driven by volunteer expertise. It is free, accessible to all, and backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It took over 150 volunteer experts seven years to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code. The MAHC was released in the summer of 2014. The MAHC guides aquatic facility, design, construction, operation, maintenance, policies and management of public aquatic facilities. The CMAHC is member driven and sponsor supported. Become a Member. Become a Sponsor. Make aquatics the best it can be! cmahc.orgread more