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Water Does Wonders
Water is essential for good health. It is also a simple, convenient, and low-cost option for quenching thirst.
Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 per cent water. Wee need water for many vital bodily functions. We become dehydrated if we don't get enough water or other fluids. What is most important is that a person drinks enough fluids to quench their thirst and feel hydrated.
Water is an excellent choice of fluid as it has no calories, no sugar and is generally free and easily available. Before, during and after any physical activity, kids need to drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid weather. When exercising, a good goal is to drink 1/2 to 2 cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are a concern for children's health. They can replace more nutritious choices and contribute extra calories and sugar to children's diets.Excess sugar intake is associated with other negative health outcomes such as an increased number of dental cavities, and among adults, an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
How can families encourage kids to choose water?
- Support healthy, whole food options - Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit. Teach kids that eating a piece of fruit or cut up vegetables is a better choice then reaching for juice.
- Parent role models - when parents and caregivers make healthy drink choices like water, kids are more likely to follow. Community members and programs can also be important positive role models.
- Develop healthy eating routines
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