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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Lifeguard Certification

Have you ever thought of becoming a lifeguard? The parks department aquatics staff is here to help you gain your lifeguard certification. First, you must register for the lifeguard testing by emailing aquatics@stjoemo.org. Once registered, you will be scheduled for a pre-test. The pre-test consists of a continuous 300-yard swim demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may use the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two strokes. Next in the pre-test, you will tread water for two minutes only using your legs. The third part of the lifeguard pre-test is to complete a timed event within a minute and 40 seconds. Starting in the water, you must swim 20 yards, surface dive to the bottom of the pool retrieving a 10-pound diving brick, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands on the brick. Your time will stop once you are out of the pool. When you’ve completed and passed the pre-test, you’re ready for the lifeguard class. This class prepares you with all the skills you will need to be a lifeguard. Once you have completed the class, the last step is to pass the certification test so you can officially work as a lifeguard. For more information about becoming a lifeguard, call 271-5511 or email aquatics@stjoemo.org.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Make sure to mark your calendars for the Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics event on Saturday, April 13, from 9am-3pm, at the MacArthur Drive parking lot (Remington Nature Center). Before attending this event, be sure to read the list of materials, restrictions and fees. If you have any questions, please contact the landfill at 253-1120. For restrictions and guidelines click here .
Secondhand Smoke Impact on Children

Over the years, reports from the Surgeon General conclude that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and on average children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than adults. A child's body is still developing and exposure to the poisons in secondhand smoke puts them at risk of severe respiratory diseases along with hindering the growth of their lungs. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, middle ear infection and other diseases. Secondhand smoke can also impact children the following ways:

Cognitive Impairments  
  • Secondhand smoke exposure impairs a child’s ability to learn. It is neurotoxic even at extremely low levels. Higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke are also associated with greater deficits in math and visuospatial reasoning.
  • The offspring of mothers who smoke one pack of cigarettes per day during pregnancy have an IQ score that is, on average, 2.87 points lower than children born to nonsmoking mothers.
Repercussions on Adult Health
  • Not only does in utero and childhood secondhand smoke exposure cause decreased lung function and asthma in children, but such exposure is also responsible for poor lung function and respiratory disease in adults. 
  • Moderate exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with decreased elasticity of the abdominal aorta in healthy 11-year-old children. Altered aortic elasticity is an early marker of atherosclerosis.
  • Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure raises adolescents’ risk of metabolic syndrome, a disorder associated with excessive belly fat that increases one’s chances of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes.
  • Women exposed to six or more hours of secondhand smoke a day as children through adulthood have a 68% greater chance of having difficulty conceiving and suffering more miscarriages.

Civil Engineering 101

Though you might have heard of the job postition before, you might wonder what is a civil engineer and what do they do? When I used to answer that question at career fairs or after giving a class presentation to middle school students, I would say that we are problem solvers... read more
Kitten Shower at the Shelter

With the spring season, comes the increase of kittens coming in to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter. Many of these kittens require weeks of foster care to grow up safely and prepare for adoption. During the month of April, the shelter will be hosting a virtual kitten baby shower, as well as an on-site Kitten Shower on April 6, to stock the shelves with the many supplies needed for the kittens and their mothers. The shower event at the shelter on April 6, will take place from 10am-1pm, including games, prizes and the chance to learn more about the foster program. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, 701 Lower Lake Road, or in the donation bins at UPCO and PetCo. For more information, contact Theresa with Animal Control & Rescue at 271-5333.

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