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Americans to Shake Off Winter Blues with Swimming, Survey Finds

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Cabin Fever Symptoms? The 2014 Healthy Pools - Ipsos Survey found that Americans are anxious to shake off their winter blues by diving into the pool.

One in three Americans – and over half of Americans in the Northeast and Midwest regions – said the long, brutal winter of 2014 caused their worst cabin fever in at least a decade, and the “cure” many are looking forward to is jumping in a swimming pool, according to this year's national Healthy Pools - Ipsos survey.

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Americans to Shake Off Winter Blues with Swimming, Survey Finds

  1. 1. 2014 Healthy Pools Survey Results Brought to you by: Conducted by Ipsos on May 13, 2014
  2. 2. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: True or False: My cabin fever this winter was the worst of the last 10 winters. CABIN FEVER? True or False: My cabin fever this winter was the worst of the last 10 winters. Percent who marked “True” by Region had the worst cabin fever in a decade 1 3in 54% Midwest 10% West 25% South 48% Northeast
  3. 3. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: Which one of the following are you most looking forward to as a way to put the long, frigid winter behind you? 37% 24% 15% 13% 12% “DIVING” INTO SUMMER ACTIVITIES (AGES 18-54) GARDENINGSWIMMING BIKINGCAMPINGHIKING WAYS DEFROST Which one of the following are you most looking forward to as a way to put the long, frigid winter behind you? to (1 of 2)
  4. 4. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: Which one of the following are you most looking forward to as a way to put the long, frigid winter behind you? WAYS DEFROSTto FAVORED ACTIVITIES BY AGE AND DEPENDENTS 43% 15% 15% 14% 14% 40% 27% 14% 11% 8% AGES 18 - 34 CHILDREN IN HOUSEHOLD SWIMMING GARDENING HIKING CAMPING BIKING (2 of 2)
  5. 5. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: Do you know how to swim? SINK SWIM? Do you know how to swim? admit they don’t know how to swim 1 5in 82% “YES” 18% “NO” or
  6. 6. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: True or False: Chlorine is responsible for turning your hair green after going in a swimming pool. GREEN CHLORINE? True or False: Chlorine is responsible for turning your hair green after going in a swimming pool. When swimmers’ hair takes on a greenish tint, copper is the real culprit. Copper is added to pool water when old brass fittings or gas-heater coils or dissolve over time and chemicals to treat algae are added. ANSWER: PERCENT WHO MARKED “TRUE” WITH CHILDREN WOMEN MEN WITHOUT CHILDREN 29% 51% 48% 38% 40% TRUE 60% FALSE from
  7. 7. COOL POOLS RED EYES? True or False: Red eyes while swimming indicates too much chlorine in the pool. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: True or False: Red eyes while swimming indicates too much chlorine in the pool. but The eye-opening reality is that red, irritated eyes are actually caused by chloramines, a group of chemicals that forms when chlorine combines with substances brought into the pool by swimmers. ANSWER: 73% “TRUE” 27% “FALSE”
  8. 8. Methodology: This Healthy Pools study was conducted among an online sample of 1,506 American adults by Ipsos on May 13, 2014.  Margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Question: True or False: Swimming in properly managed chlorinated pools aggravates asthma symptoms. ASTHMA AGGRAVATION? True or False: Swimming in properly managed chlorinated pools aggravates asthma symptoms. 19% TRUE FALSE 81% PERCENT WHO MARKED “TRUE” BY AGE 18 - 34 35 - 54 55+ 26% 17% 13% incorrectly believe that swimming in properly chlorinated pools is bad for those with asthma. 1 5in ANSWER: Swimming in a properly managed pool with appropriate pH and chlorine can help improve asthma symptoms.

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