Homemade Ice Pack Leads to a Burnt Cornea

September 10, 2014

A dangerous new cost-saving idea is gaining popularity in homes and businesses across the country. People have begun freezing hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in plastic bags to create homemade ice packs.

Here at West Bend, we’ve already seen one claim involving an ice pack that ended up opening and getting into a person’s

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The World's Largest Swim Lesson

June 19, 2013

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-5. Additionally, research shows that children who do not learn to swim by the 3rd grade most likely never will. These two issues are the inspiration for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an initiative sponsored by the World Waterpark Association and supported by the PoolSafely campaign.

Yesterday’s attempt at a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest swim lesson saw an estimated

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Free Webinar: Social Media Marketing for YMCAs

November 08, 2012

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the Michigan YMCA Key Leaders Conference in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to joining several of my fellow West Bend associates as exhibitors, I was asked to join in on a panel discussion regarding new technology topics that are relevant to

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AYP Conference in the Wisconsin Dells

June 07, 2012

In less than three weeks, more than 250 YMCA professionals from seven different states will be converging on the Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells for the 2012 AYP North Central Region Conference. West Bend has attended several AYP conferences in the last few years, so we're really looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces over this three-day event.

We are very excited about the opportunity to sponsor the golf outing this year; not only because it kicks off the entire conference, but because it will benefit the

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Pool Safely's First Splash!

May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.

As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year's goal of providing water safety outreach and education to

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Emergency Warnings to Catch Up with Technology

May 15, 2012

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System."

Who hasn't heard that warning rattle through their radio? Or their TV?

We've all heard it at some point. But for people like me who almost never listen to the radio and prefer to skip through commercials by watching digitally recorded TV, you might struggle trying to remember the last time you heard or saw a legitimate storm warning or other notable

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Bully: A Documentary

February 24, 2012

We are eagerly awaiting Bully, a feature-length documentary from The Weinstein Company due to hit select theaters on March 30th.

Official word on the project: "BULLY tells the remarkable stories of five brave families that will challenge viewers to move from shock and resignation about bullying to action, transforming schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable. The film's powerful stories offer youth, parents, and educators

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4 Ways to Make Halloween Safe for Everyone

October 28, 2011

What do you think the scariest part of Halloween is? The costumes? Or the haunted houses? Or possibly the prospect of having to clean up your front yard after the neighbor kids toilet paper everything?

While all of these things are scary in their own right, they pale in comparison to the fear of navigating Halloween with a

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Color: Why You Should Be Scared

March 25, 2011

The social world was buzzing yesterday following the launch of a brand new, mobile-based, photo-sharing app called Color. Many of the most respected technology pundits and bloggers around are raving about the potential for Color to change the way people interact with their surroundings. The excitement surrounding the potential for Color can be summed up in a single number: $41,000,000. That is how much venture capital the developers raised before the product even

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Oprah, We Need Your Help!

February 08, 2011

One child drowns every minute. Yes, you read that correctly. One child drowns every minute. 600,000 children a year.

My 9-year-old son asked me the other day how many kids drown, and when I told him one every minute he asked, "Then why isn’t everyone talking about it?" Good point. If a 9-year-old gets it immediately, why doesn’t

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