Gayle Anderson continues her LOSE FIVE WITH FIVE activities in Los Angeles with OPERATION SPLASH, a program started by Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
Gayle Anderson continues her LOSE FIVE WITH FIVE activities in Los Angeles with OPERATION SPLASH, a program started by Kaiser Permanente Southern California. OPERATION SPLASH is a free program teaching children and adults in low income areas basic water safety and swimming skills to prevent drowning
This is the eighth consecutive year this program has been in existence. Since OPERATION SPLASH started in 2006, Kaiser Permanente’s financial commitment, funded as a Community Benefit program, has grown to more than $4 million.
This year Kaiser Permanente is providing a $265,000 grant to the Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division to: underwrite swim lessons for about 6,000 children, teens, and adults at 34 pools in low income areas across Los Angeles; provide junior lifeguard scholarships for 780 youth at 47 sites; and extend the summer pool season through September 8, 2013 at seven city pools for 7,000 pool patrons.
OPERATION SPLASH also promotes physical activity and obesity prevention efforts. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in 2011 more than 60 percent of children ages 6 to 17 did not exercise at least one hour daily. In addition, a Los Angeles County survey revealed nearly 1 in every 4 adults had high blood pressure.
OPERATION SPLASH is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) efforts to reduce obesity in the community by increasing opportunities for safe physical activity and access to healthy and affordable foods.
Also, Kaiser Permanente’s funding will enable participation in the County of Los Angeles Rethink Your Drink Campaign to increase awareness about sugary beverages and their contribution to the obesity epidemic.
For the sixth year, Kaiser Permanente has expanded OPERATION SPLASH outside the city of Los Angeles, bringing its total pledge in 2013, to $515,000.
Additional grants for OPERATION SPLASH in 2013 include:
• City of San Bernardino, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, San Bernardino, $30,000
• City of Riverside, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Riverside, $55,000
• Desert Recreation District, Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District, Indio, $50,000
• North of the River Recreation and Park District, Bakersfield, $30,000
• City of Ventura, Community Services Department, Ventura, $30,000
• Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation, Chula Vista, $55,000
About the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division:
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Department, Aquatics Division offers families and community members many healthy, affordable and safe aquatic activities at their public pools, lakes, and beaches. Recreation and Parks oversees 61 swimming pools, 11 lakes, and two beaches. For more information please visit LA Parks.
About Kaiser Permanente Southern California:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities it serves.
Kaiser Permanente currently serves more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. For more information, go to: Kaiser Permanente News Center
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, 3,533 people drowned in the U.S. each year from 2005 to 2009. This averages to about 10 drownings every day, making drowning the fifth leading cause of death for people of all ages.
While people of all ages drowned between 2005 and 2009, more than 1 in 5 victims were age 14 or younger. In California, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
3401 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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