‘It’s all possible’ says N.J. woman bringing swimming to special needs community

WOODBURY — Amanda Pope stood in her element, surrounded by the sound of splashing water and the smell of chlorine in the air. She smiled as she watched, occasionally giving an instructional gesture to others in the pool. She stood by the pool side, unable to remember a time before swimming, a time when she wasn’t…

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Everyone in the pool! But swimming safety should come first


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There’s something about spending summer by the swimming pool that reminds me of my youth, which is why I’m so happy to see our three little kids getting so much pleasure from our neighborhood pool. Holding your child as she floats on her back in warm water, eyes closed, with the sunlight playing on her face,…

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4 Brain Benefits Of Swimming


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The physical benefits of swimming are obvious in athletes like 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Toned muscles, muscle strength, and a well-sculpted physique describe a “swimmer’s body.” However, there is one characteristic most swimmers possess that we can’t see: better brain health. It’s no surprise aerobic exercise is not only good for the heart, but…

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Babies and water safety: Layers of barriers key to drowning prevention


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Julie Lopiccolo thought she had taken all the necessary precautions when it came to water safety and her son, Jasper. But one day she got a phone call no mother should ever receive. Jasper drowned while under the care of his baby sitter who had, without permission, taken Jasper to her house, where there was an…

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