Speakers will share research on health benefits of swimming and how to reduce drowning
World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) organizers announced four keynote talks that will provide insights on the unknown benefits of aquatics. Nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) will host the 11th annual WAHC, which is slated for Oct. 8 to 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Ore.
Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, an Oprah booklist selection, will inspire attendees with her keynote address “Diving In: Discovering Joy in Life’s Deep End,” on Thursday morning, Oct. 9. She will sign copies of her book after her presentation. When Chang Anker set out to face her fear of deep water, she had no idea it would ignite a quest to help others face a multitude of fears, including diving, swimming, public speaking, heights, driving, bicycling, clutter, pleasure, failure, becoming boring, aging and even death. Her book combines compelling true stories with expert advice and was hailed by Oprah.com as "downright inspiring," is a Parents magazine "must read,” and was a finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award.
Attendees also are encouraged to attend an optional evening viewing of the new documentary, “Taking the Plunge,” Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The film, produced by Shawnelle King of Falcon Rattler Media, takes viewers on a courageous journey to eliminate the fear of being in or around the water. Two-thirds of Americans are afraid of deep, open bodies of water and 46% are afraid of the deep end of a pool.
Friday Morning Keynotes: Keeping People Healthy Through Aquatics
Three scientists each will deliver a "Ted-style" keynote talk on Oct. 10, spotlighting to what extent water activity will help maintain mobility and minds. These NSPF-funded researchers — Eadric Bressel, Ph.D.; Paul Chantler, Ph.D.; and Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D. — will present highlights of their afternoon presentations that shed light on how water is ideal for better health. The talks presented will be:
- "Water Immersion — Your Brain on Aquatics": Dr. Eadric Bressel, professor and clinical research scientist in the Sports Medicine Program at Utah State University in Logan, Utah;
- "Aquatic Exercise — Reversing Cardiovascular Age": Dr. Paul Chantler, assistant professor for the School of Medicine, Div. of Exercise Physiology, at West Virginia University; and
- "Swimming — The Magic Pill for Arthritis": Dr. Hirofumi Tanaka, professor and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.