By Heather, Jayger’s Mom
When kids head out in the morning to go to school, they’re bound to encounter all kinds of experiences: catching up with friends, gaining independence, and learning science, math, and maybe even a new language. But, unfortunately, one thing many of them won’t experience is drinking water—or at least they won’t experience it enough.
Just like our own hectic adult lives, school days can get busy. When that’s the case, nutrition and health can suffer. Kids can become terribly dehydrated during a school day, leading to mood swings, poor digestion, and low energy. Things get even worse if they drink sugary beverages. With a juice box during lunch and a soda after school, health problems can get much worse: obesity, diabetes, etc.
Water helps. As a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics shows, groups of students that have easy access to water in schools tend to have lower body weights. Doctors from NYU and Syracuse analyzed more than one million students in over 1,000 elementary and middle schools across New York City, and they found that having access to drinking water is linked to weight loss, and, as one of the lead researchers says, this encourages “positive impacts on their overall health.” In other words kids who drink more water have lower body weight.
The report focused on drinking fountains. The more these are available, the better for our kids. My own son Jayger takes a water bottle to school, and, almost every time we visit the playground, I help him up to the drinking fountains. Sometimes, though, it’s fun (and helpful!) to have something like Tickle Water to encourage kids to drink more water. Not only does it easily pack into lunch boxes and backpacks, it also gives kids something to have and to open when they’re at the lunch table with their friends.
So, as this and so many other studies make clear, the bottom line is this: kids should be drinking more water. Fill up a glass at the tap, take a sip from the fountain, or…pop open a can of Tickle Water!
Sources: Kids who drink more water have lower body weight