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While it may be the end of pool season for many pool owners across the country, it doesn’t mean you need to pack away your swimsuits till next spring. You can stay in shape and swim year-round by purchasing a “swim-in-place-pool” known as a swim spa. These stand-alone units can be installed indoors or surrounded by a heated enclosure, allowing for year-round swimming even in seasonal climates.
By having your own swim spa at home, you can swim laps and do aquatic exercises at your convenience. Most swim spas also include therapy jets and seats at the opposite end of the swim current, giving you the experience of a pool and hot tub in one.
These combo units are becoming more affordable. One model, offered by family-run corporation Swim Spas Plus, is 19 feet long and sells for $13,900. With its dual temperature controls and seating for up to four people, this unit is a great value.
Swim Spas Plus offers a wide range of swim spas to fit every need and budget. Its models start at $9,900 for compact units and go up to $29,900 for its largest “party spa,” which includes an adjacent hot tub with seating for up to nine people.
Swim Spas Plus is a division of Tulipani Enterprise, Inc., established in 1976 by owner/founder Vittorio Giovanni Tulipani. For more info, visit www.swimspasplus.com.
On Sept. 12, 2011, the NEGU Foundation held its first Annual NEGU Golf Classic in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The event, presented by Clarient and sponsored in part by Zodiac Pool Systems, raised money to increase awareness and provide encouragement for kids fighting pediatric cancer. With over 130 golfers and more than 200 attendees at the dinner and fashion show, the event was a huge success.
The Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) Foundation was started by 12-year old competitive swimmer Jessie Joy Rees who is fighting an inoperable brain tumor and was inspired to help other children fighting cancer. Jessie was a member of the one of the top swim teams in the U.S. (the Mission Viejo Nadadores) for four years when she was diagnosed in March 2011.
Jessie came up with the idea of JoyJars™ filled with toys and activities to give to other pediatric cancer patients while they are in the hospital. The NEGU was founded to support this cause, and more than 500 JoyJars have been distributed in just four months to encourage kids to keep fighting and to maintain a positive attitude.
"We're truly blessed by the amount of support and generosity we've received,” says Jessie’s father Erik Rees, who runs the NEGU Foundation. "We're looking forward to many more events and the opportunity to encourage thousands of kids fighting cancer. We're just getting started!"
All proceeds from the NEGU Golf Classic will be used to help the NEGU Foundation continue to provide hope and encouragement to children fighting cancer.
For more information on the NEGU Foundation, and to purchase JoyJars and make donations, please visit www.inegu.org.
Pictured above: Jessie Rees and her dad Erik Rees
With the Labor Day holiday over, pool season will be ending in many areas of the country. If you live in an area with a seasonal climate, you’ll probably be closing your pool in the next few weeks. Here are 10 steps to follow when winterizing your pool.
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Labor Day weekend is all about the last hoorah of summer. Many or you will be enjoying a poolside picnic or a good old-fashioned family barbecue. You may have already stocked up on hot dog and hamburger buns, ketchup, mustard, and all the fixings. But you may want to try a new recipe or two to mix things up.
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If you already have the side dishes and main course covered, how about a fresh and fruity new dessert? These frozen dessert recipes are prefect for any Labor Day party or backyard barbecue:
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Let us know how these yummy dishes score at your Labor Day barbecue. Have a great holiday!
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