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Be Healthy and Practice Safe Swimming This Summer

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This week, Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) is observing Healthy and Safe Swimming Week and encourages the public to maximize the health benefits of swimming. Water-based physical activity has health benefits for everyone, but it does come with some risks. Everyone plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we use and enjoy. Every day in the United States, two children younger than 14 years of age die from drowning.

At this point, most people know tobacco is really bad for them. Every now and then someone tells us about their superhero uncle who lived to be 112 years old and smoked, but unlikely things like getting struck by lightning also happen. In reality, tobacco use is the leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in the United States. Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it. Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Smoking causes lung cancer and lung diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.

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