Hydrated Kids are Healthy Kids

Date: June 22, 2018

What to drink? Water!

Offer water at every snack and meal time. It is a great drink choice for kids because it is calorie-free and low cost from your nearest tap! Kids should drink plenty of water when they are playing and being active.

  • Water is the best thirst quencher.
  • Drink water often when you play.
  • Drink water instead of juice or soda at every meal.

Here are some tips to keep your kids happy, healthy and hydrated:

  • Drink water often. Serve water at every snack and meal time. When your kids are physically active, make sure they have a bottle of water to drink from during their activity. Our bodies are the best judge of how much water we need. Teach your kids to drink whenever they are thirsty.
  • Do not serve drinks with sugar! This includes sodas, sports drinks, sweetened iced teas, fruit drinks, and energy drinks. Drinking too many sugar-sweetened drinks increases the risk for overweight in kids and adults and can also cause dental cavities.
  • Ask questions. Make sure that afterschool programs or day-camps serve water at all meals and snack times, and that they allow for water breaks throughout the day.
  • Drink lots of water yourself throughout the day! Setting an example now can help your kids learn how to stay healthy and hydrated as they get older.

Choose

  • Water As much as you want! For extra flavor and fun, add fruit or frozen 100% fruit juice ice cubes
  • Sodium-free seltzer water
  • Juice “spritzers” – Mix a splash of 100% juice with sodium-free seltzer water

 Avoid

  • Drinks with added sugars:
    • Soda
    • Sweetened iced teas
    • Fruit punches and fruit-ades
    • Sports drinks
    • Energy drinks
    • Fruit drinks
  • Drinks with sugar substitutes:
    • Diet sodas
    • Diet iced teas
    • Diet fruit drinks

key messages

  • Water is the best drink to keep kids hydrated.
  • Water is the best choice for kids when they are being active and playing sports.
  • Serve water at every snack and meal. Make sure that water is available all day for your child

@

SIGN UP
FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCHEDULES

DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APP

REGISTER FOR OUR PROGRAMS ONLINE

JOIN ONLINE NOW