This 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.