Hydration in Schools
June 28, 2016
The importance of hydration is well known and the importance of children’s hydration even more so. Even a 1% drop in body mass due to dehydration can impair physical and academic performance.
Children need to be ‘taught’ to drink frequently and healthily for optimum performance and water is the ideal as it is calorie-free and tooth-kind.
Schools need to get the water message across that water is a ‘cool’ drink in every sense. Servicing water from a water cooler is a safe, convenient, inexpensive and appealing way to deliver healthy hydration and start good habits early. WE Members will be promoting both bottled and point-of-use coolers depending on the situation.
The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service has recently published “How to Promote water intake in schools – a toolkit” This toolkit aims to support the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014 – 2020 and particularly the area for action entitled ‘Promote healthier environments, especially in schools and pre-schools’.