We can all agree it’s officially hot, right? While I don’t enjoy the heat and humidity of summer, one activity that helps make the heat more tolerable is spending time in the water! 

According to the CDC, swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States, and the most popular activity for children and teens ages 7-17.  

What’s your favorite summertime activity? Do you prefer to go to the beach or to the pool? Let me know in the comments!  

According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), there are 10.4 million residential pools in the United States! The country also has 309,000 public swimming pools.  

Most homes with pools are in the southern and western regions, with Phoenix topping the list. Nearly 1 in 3 homes in Phoenix has a swimming pool, according to Pool Magazine. Swimming pools are also popular with homeowners in Florida and California. In fact, more than 40% of inground swimming pools are in those two states! 

Fun fact: The largest pool in the world is in Egypt and covers 23.9 acres! The largest pool in the United States is The Lagoon at Epperson in Florida. It opened in 2017 and is 7.5 acres.  

What to pack for a day at the pool

When you’re heading out for a day in the sun, be sure to pack all the essentials! Here are some ideas: 

  • Swimsuit 
  • Beach Towels 
  • Goggles, earplugs or nose clips 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Hats 
  • Water bottle 
  • Snacks 
  • Waterproof cases for your phone or other devices 
  • Water shoes 
  • Water toys 
  • Wet/dry bag to put the wet swimsuits in when you’re done swimming 

Summer reminders for panel members 

Don’t forget to scan your last-minute purchases when you’re planning for a day in the water. This might include snacks, bottled water or other beverages, sunscreen and more. 

And remember this is the final week to play Summertime Scratch & Match! If you earned game plays during the past five weeks, be sure to use them by Sunday, July 24 at 11:59 pm ET.  

Play Summertime Scratch & Match in your NCPMobile app or online at www.NCPOnline.com. You can win prizes including $500 Delta Airlines gift cards, Amazon gift cards, Vanilla Visa gift cards, NCP bonus points and more!  

Have a great week! 

Best regards,  


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