Water and Hydration
A cool drink of water can be satisfying in the simplest way: It just feels good for the body. It turns out water is just as good for the brain, too! Water access for students, teachers and staff in the school environment promotes healthful behaviors and supports adult role modeling of healthy beverage choices.
Hydration is crucial to support normal bodily functions, but the benefits of water go beyond that. Drinking more water has been shown to:
- help keep students focused and ready to learn
- help prevent dental cavities
- prevent unwanted weight gain when consumed instead of sugary beverages
- provide an opportunity for staff and teachers to model healthy behaviors for students
Things to consider
- Include language about water stations in your school’s wellness policy
- Identify a water champion on your school’s wellness committee
- Involve principals, district plumber, district electrician, facilities and maintenance staff early on in the planning process; and involve students in planning and promoting new water stations
- Place water stations in central locations, such as the cafeteria, gymnasium, or auditorium
Students and Staff Partner for Healthy Hydration
El Cerrito High School is committed to engaging stakeholders at all levels in designing and implementing wellness initiatives for students and staff. When student leaders raised concerns about access to clean, fresh drinking water, the school health center staff and student leaders partnered to get new water stations installed at their school.
Making Healthy, Clean Drinking Water the Norm
Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Pittsburg, CA wanted to encourage their students to drink more water instead of unhealthy sugar-sweetened beverages. Yet, teachers realized that traditional water fountains offered only part of the answer. They also wanted to align water access with the school’s commitment to the environment. Their solution? Installing water bottle refilling stations.