Even so, access to clean drinking water is not always given the importance it deserves. Many schools have only a few drinking fountains to serve hundreds of students as well as teachers and staff. Existing fixtures may be rusted or broken, and often produce warm, unfiltered water. Long lines for poor-tasting water? Forget it.
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
Water is so important that all schools participating in the federally-funded National School Lunch Program are now required by law to make free drinking water available to all students during meal times, wherever those meals are served. However, research shows that many students are still not meeting daily recommendations for water consumption.
Making tasty water easily accessible also encourages consumption of health beverages over sugar-sweetened beverages that contain added sugar and calories.
Building on existing resources, Thriving Schools seeks to improve water access for students, teachers, and staff in the school environment.
Get started improving water consumption at your school
Start increasing water consumption among your students, staff and teachers with some of these simple steps.