'Pool Cool' education begins

Monday, July 30, 2012
At top, from left, Jayde Aufrecht and Riley Haney teach Pool Cool sun safety lessons to children at the McCook Swimming Pool. Bottom left, Lynne Kinne applies sunscreen to her step-son Deacon Walkington-Kinne. Bottom right, McCook Swimming Pool lifeguards display the UV wrist-bands that change color in the sun. Lifeguards are, from left, Kim Elliott, Rachel Goltl, Jayde Aufrecht, Tricia Mitnik, Becca Sehnert, Anna West, Amanda Slattery and Manager Riley Haney.

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Red Willow County Health Department and Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department are jointly educating the McCook City Pool staff on sun safety for their summer customers through the POOL COOL program.

"POOL COOL is being taught by the lifeguards to children at the McCook City Pool this summer," explained Darcey Hansen, Director at Red Willow County Public Health Department. "We want to encourage the increased use of sunscreen, cover-ups, sunglasses, hats and seeking shade between 10 am and 4 pm."

POOL COOL is a multi-component skin cancer prevention program for use with outdoor pools. McCook City Pool has received a gallon of kids sunscreen, UV wristbands that change colors as a reminder to put on more sunscreen, and signage to remind customers about sun safety through this joint project. Wristbands will be given out to youth taking part in the sun safety lessons at the McCook City Pool.

"We are excited to see Riley Haney, Pool Manager taking leadership to have his staff serve as role models for using sunscreen," noted Denise Ringenberg, Health Educator at Southwest Nebraska Health Department. "The lifeguards were quick learners and will do an excellent job teaching sun safety during safety breaks."

If you would like to receive information on sun safety, please contact Darcey Hansen at 308-345-1790 or rwchealth@mccooknet.com. You can contact Denise Ringenberg at 308-345-4223 or educate@swhealth.ne.gov.

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