The 6th Annual Family Fishing Fun Day was held on June 6 at the Little River Neck Pond on 1602 Riverside Drive in North Myrtle Beach. This free event was sponsored by Horry County Parks and Recreation. Ten members of the North Myrtle Beach Lions Club volunteered to help with the event and presented the three winners in their age group with a trophy for the largest catfish. Pictured are, back row, Lions Priscilla Wrobel, Pat Sutliff, Karin Wales, Arleen Lopano, Nils Regnell and Al Yokom; front left to right, are the winners: Thomas Berry, age group 3-6 caught a 16 ½ inch catfish; Shane Robertson, age group 7-9 caught a 17 inch catfish; and Tajada Teaste, age group 10-12 caught a 19 inch catfish.
Spend some time in water this summer
By Diane Bartlett
Summer is here and it’s time to make a big splash — for your health. Kids love to swim at the pool or the beach but this healthy activity is not just for children. Adults who participate in swimming are healthier and happier than people who live a sedentary lifestyle.
Swimming, ranked as the second most popular sport in the United States, can reduce the incidence of chronic illnesses with just two and a half hours a week, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Water exercise is easy on the joints and can even increase muscle strength and endurance due to the water’s built-in resistance. With little to no impact on joints and muscles, water exercise helps you strengthen your body and lose weight; a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn 272 calories in one hour — sweat free! You can exercise longer in the water than on land without the extra effort or the joint and muscle pain that often accompanies a regular exercise routine because of its low impact.
If you’ve never learned to swim or are not comfortable in the pool, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the United States. Swimming skills can save your life both by preventing drowning and by providing you with the skills needed to make swimming for fitness part of a long-term healthy lifestyle.
If you or a loved one doesn’t know how to swim, contact your local recreation or aquatic facility to learn more about swim lessons for adults and children.
Swimming leaves you with a positive feeling that provides unlimited health benefits, fosters community spirit and decreases stress.
This summer spend some time at the pool or beach with family members or friends. It can be refreshing, relaxing and a wonderful way to take you away from it all for a short while.