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The Day the Ocean Tried to Kill Me

Al DeLuise | Posted 09.04.2015 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

The ocean failed to get me a second time, but I still love the ocean and go there as much as I can. Just that now I keep a keen eye out for those odd wave patterns or the strange discoloration of the water. I also keep an ear out for the voice that whispers just above the mist, "Welcome back -- again."

States Pressed To Increase Efforts To Reduce Drownings

Stateline | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides ...

Woman's Rescue Attempt Prompts Her to Speak Out About Water Safety

Amy Zellmer | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Amy Zellmer

There were four teenagers, two boys and two girls, frantically trying to stay afloat. They had gone past a steep drop-off in the water, and were now in trouble without being able to touch the bottom.

Here's What To Do If Someone Is Drowning

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Spending a lot of time at the pool lately? You should probably get your drowning facts down. Between 1999 and 2010, over 46,000 people died from down...

An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Saved a Little Boy

Amy Zellmer | Posted 07.06.2015 | Good News
Amy Zellmer

I know it's your "job" but it's also your worse fear. No one can ever have enough training to prepare you for what this moment will actually feel like, but because of you, this little boy is home playing with his family today.

This Tiny Life Preserver Could Save Your Summer

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology

We've all been there: Someone offers you a bulky, bright orange life vest and you politely decline. You know how to swim, you tell yourself. Plus, it ...

Drownings on Cruise Ships

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Over 1.5 million children sail aboard cruise ships every year and there has been an alarming number of near drownings of children aboard cruise ships in the last few years.

The Worrywort's Guide to Keeping Three Kids Safe

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Morra Aarons-Mele

My takeaway: For little kids, be vigilant. And once your children are old enough to understand risk and danger, educate them to have common sense, while knowing that they will need help and supervision in getting there.

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

Better Than Gone Girl: C. E. Poverman's Love by Drowning

Melanie Bishop | Posted 04.23.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies.

The Obesity Fix

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If instead, we treated obesity more like drowning, we would tell the truth about food. We would not market multicolored marshmallows to children as part of a complete breakfast. We would not willfully mislead about the perilous currents in the modern food supply. We would not look on passively as an entire population of non-swimmers started wading in over their heads.

Bystander Jumps Into Freezing Water, Saves Baby Trapped In Overturned Car

The Associated Press | Posted 11.20.2014 | Good News

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife ...

My Daughter Almost Drowned Today, So We Kept Swimming

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I wanted to blanket her with kisses, and walk her far, far away from the hostile sea. Instead, after she calmed down a little, while she was still sniffling and clingy, I took her hand, and we walked back to the water's edge.

Drowning in Profits

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

The story of a private equity firm, a missing pool fence, and the death of a two-year-old child raises troubling questions about how, as a nation, we define security in housing and why, in the midst of what's regularly termed a "recovery," many neighborhoods may actually be growing increasingly vulnerable.

My Son Almost Drowned And I Didn't Know It

Lindsay Kujawa | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Kujawa

I am forever changed since this happened. I will not let this define me, but you can guarantee that I will be doing things much differently from here on out.

Heroic Deputy Risks Life To Save Boy Drowning In Frigid Water

AP | TIM FOUGHT | Posted 06.06.2014 | Good News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A deputy sheriff on Southern Oregon's coast who spent 45 minutes battling the surf and keeping a teenager's head above water w...

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Beach This Summer

Patrick Quinn | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

When you go to the beach (or anywhere) with your kids, YOU are the first and most important line of defense when it comes to their safety. Gone are the days when the beach meant that you can sit in a chair and read a book, or take a nice nap in the sun. You now have to be constantly on guard.

CDC Releases A Leading Cause Of Death For Kids 5 And Under

Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 04/15/2014 11:30 AM EDT on LiveScience For children under age 5, drowning is a leading cause of ...

Drowning in Calories

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity is, in many ways that matter most, analogous to drowning.Individuals can, and for the most part should, learn to "swim" through our obesogenic culture. But those swimming lessons need to be accessible, affordable, applicable and actionable.

Gills, Pills and Obesity Genes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.

Have You Been the News? When Private Pain Is a Public Spectacle.

Megan Devine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Devine

We see too much suffering. We see too much suffering, forgetting that it is, in fact, suffering. It's not entertainment. It's not "news." It's pain.

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You're Not Sure What to Do

Megan Devine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Above all, show your love. Show up. Say something. Do something. Be willing to stand beside the gaping hole that has opened in your friend's life, without flinching or turning away. Be love. Love is the thing that lasts.

The Drowned and the Saved

Spencer Wolff | Posted 11.04.2013 | New York
Spencer Wolff

My experience as a lifeguard tells me that someone could have saved that young man that day. Only, it wasn't me.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

The Ice Caps Are Melting, Teach Your Kids to Swim

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Raising a child is a lifelong commitment. Parents face many difficult decisions along the way. But, here is an easy call and an essential investment of your time: Make sure your children learn how to swim. It literally can save their lives.