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I’m sure we’ve all heard about how important it is to stay hydrated, whether from our doctor or by word of mouth. Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is definitely important for our daily health. As parents we want to impart that important lesson to our kids as well. In a recent survey* conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®, they discovered that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when thirsty, eating their fruits and vegetables at meal times without reminders, and requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches. It’s obvious that this really is important, but what are the best ways for helping kids stay hydrated, and how do we know if they’re really drinking enough water during the day? One way that I track how much water Sweet B is drinking is by giving her Nestlé® Pure Life® bottled water.
One of the easiest ways to help kids stay hydrated is to make water available to them at all times during the day. From breakfast to bedtime, have water accessible. I’m sure you’re thinking, “well that’s easy”. Yes, it’s true! It’s very convenient for me to leave out Nestlé® Pure Life® bottled water on the table or around where they can easily grab it all day. This way I can also easily gauge their actual water intake.
A recent survey from Nestlé® Pure Life® found that 29% of moms surveyed* say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. Robin Plotkin offers the following ideas in Tips for Hydration: Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water! Other tactics moms think would get their child to drink more water include using “fun” straws (40%), and choosing packaging with fun graphics or characters (29%). Our family also keeps bottled water chilled in the fridge for a refreshing drink any time.
When we’re outdoors, we also keep water on the bench, on the deck or the patio table. This makes it easy for the kids to just grab a bottle when they’re on the move. In the same survey, they found that 33% of kids surveyed* find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders. One suggestion to remind kids to drink more water during play dates or other group events is to designate an adult Water Captain to help with hydration. The captain sets an alarm on his/her phone for various intervals, depending on conditions such as the temperature, the type and level of play. Each time the alarm sounds, the group breaks for water.
To keep her hydrated at school I always send a bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® with her lunch. We’re trying to help her become more independent so in the morning, I set out the containers that have hold her lunch choices. From there, she knows to select one from each container to pack her lunch.
I also offer a Nestlé® Pure Life® Water to Sweet B with her afternoon snack after she comes home from school. Sometimes it’s yogurt and a banana and sometimes she’s content with to have some fresh grape tomatoes.
Because we go through so much water during the week, we buy our Nestlé® Pure Life® Water in bulk at Walmart. It’s easy for us to just pick up a case or two when we’re doing our weekly grocery shopping there.
I’m not the only one who is concerned with making sure kids stay hydrated and healthy. To help encourage kids to drink more water at school, Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through after-school programming.
Will you participate in The Ripple Effect? Visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your own tips for how you help keep kids hydrated using #pureliferippleeffect.
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*Online survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.
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