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Water Fountains in Schools

April 1, 2009

According to a new study, putting water fountains in schools may help fight childhood obesity. The study found that children in the schools where water drinking was encouraged were 30% less likely to be overweight than those who were not encouraged to drink water.

This makes perfect sense! When you satisfy your thirst with water you are less likely to go for the artificially flavored sodas and juices. Also, the more water you drink the less likely you are to fill yourself with processed foods. Imagine the day when instead of vending machines lining the walls of our local schools there are water fountains…

The majority of Americans are dehydrated and this contributes significantly to a poor state of health. Not only does water help fight obesity, but it also helps flush out the kidneys and bladder before they reach toxic levels. Staying hydrated also helps eliminate pain, headaches and fatigue.

If your child says they don’t like the taste of water, try adding some fruit juice, a squeeze of lemon, a slice of cucumber or any other flavor they like. If there are more soda machines in your child’s school than water fountains, send them off to school with a water bottle so they don’t forget to stay hydrated.

Do you have problems staying hydrated or making sure your child gets plenty of fluids? How do you make water drinking a part of your day?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.