Water

Water First Policy in Schools

sugarThis was originally published on the School Bites blog.

It seems like a new study link­ing sugar sweet­ened bev­er­age con­sump­tion to poor health makes head­lines each week. Par­ents and teach­ers rec­og­nize that serv­ing water bet­ter sup­ports the nutri­tion edu­ca­tion chil­dren are taught in school. It also fits with the Par­ent Teacher Asso­ci­a­tions’ Healthy Lifestyles Ini­tia­tive and state pro­grams such as 5210 that encour­age not drink­ing sug­ary beverages.

Local PTAs can pro­mote the wel­fare of chil­dren by adopt­ing a Water First Pol­icy. This means, at PTA events, water is served instead of juice, soda, and other sweet bev­er­ages. I found out about this pol­icy through the Lex­ing­ton Tweens Nutri­tion and Fit­ness Coali­tion and their “Water First: Think Your Drink” cam­paign. Another PTA in our school dis­trict had adopted it and it made such good sense. When I shared the idea with the PTA pres­i­dent at my daughter’s school, she was enthu­si­as­tic. She pre­sented it to the PTA for a vote where it passed unan­i­mously. At the first event where we served water instead of sweet drinks like fruit juice, the change was pos­i­tively received and quickly became part of the school culture.

So con­sider ask­ing your PTA to take the plunge and adopt a Water First Pol­icy. It’s one of the sim­plest things you can do to sup­port the health of our stu­dents and their fam­i­lies. Visit http://www.drinkwaterfirst.com/ for more information.

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