September 2018

Step Into Swim Continues to Create New Swimmers

The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Step Into Swim campaign—a 10-year initiative that aims to create 1 million more swimmers—recently announced its most recent grant recipients for 2018.

Pickleball Benefits Older Adults

Pickleball, a game that combines badminton, tennis and table tennis, provides a number of health benefits—in the form of cardiovascular and metabolic responses for older adults. This is according to new research by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which showed that pickleball enables older adults to maintain their fitness levels, leading to increased independence even as they age.

NSPF Endorses MAHC Adoption

All state, territory and local health departments, aquatic facilities, and the aquatics industry at large should evaluate and adopt all or part of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), according to a recent position statement from the nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation. The goal of such adoption would be protecting not only aquatic staff and patrons, but the facilities themselves.

Cities Spend More on Public Parks in 2018

Newly released data from The Trust for Public Land shows that public spending on parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities increased by 6 percent in 2018, from $7.1 billion to $7.5 billion. Combined with $500 million from public/private park partnerships, total park spending reached $8 billion in this past fiscal year. Still, there is significant work to be done to provide access to parks, as 30 percent of people do not live within a 10-minute walk of a park.