A Picture is worth a 1000 words

It is summer 2019and our swimming squad moves from it’s winter Home at the North Adelaide Aquatics Center to the unique outdoor 55 yards swimming pool in Norwood. Those of you who know me well  “I practice what I preach”. As a medical profession I remain concerned about the social consequences of poor physical activity, increasing obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

In a remarkable Black and white photograph of the city baths in the 1950s. Here it is.


The take a message is obvious can you pick the overweight child? In fact there are two messages firstly the swimming pool is a hive of activity of children enjoying themselves outside at play and secondly they are are thin –  looking a little underweight if anything.

There  also a delightful poster, again from around that time or possibly a little later illustrating water safety and I can relate to that myself. People of my generation would have been avid participants in the Royal lifesaving Society program and I completed quite quickly the bronze and silver medallion