Remember the “Saturday Night Live” synchronized swimming skit featuring Martin Short and Christopher Guest in the '80s? With the right message added to it, that segment could be a contender for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's healthy swimming video contest this summer.
Outliers: CDC gets in the swim with new video contest
Until July 4, the Atlanta-based CDC is soliciting the public to submit short, creative videos that contain the CDC's four “health swimming” messages and will award a top prize of $1,000 to the winning entry.
“Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs found in places where we swim,” the federal public health agency says in its contest announcement. “Each summer, thousands of Americans get sick with recreational water illness (RWI) after they go swimming. RWIs are illnesses caused by germs found in places where we swim.”
Video entries may take any creative form as long as they include these messages: protect yourself and other swimmers from RWIs; chlorine does not kill all germs instantly; never swim when you have diarrhea; and keep water out of your mouth while swimming.
Epidemiologists, environmental health specialists and others who work on healthy swimming projects will constitute the judging panel, which will accept all entries until 11:59 p.m. EDT July 4. The judging period will be July 5-15, and the CDC will announce the winning entry July 25.
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