Government Safety Group Urges Swimming Lessons For Minorities

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    The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging Blacks and Hispanics to have children take swimming lessons this summer season. It could really cut down on the number of drowning accidents in our community. The reason, Black and Hispanic children are at a greater risk of drowning compared to Caucasian children according to The Center For Disease Control. In fact, Black children between the ages of 5-and 14 are three times more likely to drown than their white children of the same age.  I read a few ago that nearly 70 percent of Black children don’t know how to swim due to limited access to pools and lack of encouragement from parent or caregivers. The are  programs that local recreation departments offer throughout the Metroplex. Classes can fill-up fast so don’t wait until summer to see what is being offered in you area.

     

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