I have SO many wonderful memories of swimming in area lakes during my childhood.  Chub Lake in Carlton, Sandy Lake in the Mahtowa/Barnum area, Moose Lake and of course, Park Point.  I remember swimmer's itch and stepping on tin cans and cutting my feet.  I'm sure we had recreational water illnesses, but probably thought we had the flu and didn't think something in the water while we were swimming was the culprit.

Studies have helped to pinpoint the reason why more and more people are contracting recreational water illness and following these suggestions may make your Memorial Holiday Week-end more enjoyable and illness-free.

*  Don't swim when you are sick with an intestinal illness.  This can spread germs in the water and make others sick.

*  Avoid, or don't swallow pool or lake water.

*  Practice good hygiene.  Shower with soap before swimming.  Germs on your body, end up in the water.

*  Children who are NOT potty-trained should wear swim diapers.

*  Parents should take children to the restroom every 30 to 60 minutes.

* Change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area,  not poolside.

You can help to make swimming healthy, safe and fun for everyone!  Enjoy your week-end...oh, and wear sunscreen!!!!

Info via: WI Department of Health Services Press Release