Water Does Wonders!

Let’s make the healthy choice!

Water is the natural choice for our kids to stay healthy and hydrated. It is essential to keep their bodies working and growing properly. Let’s get our kids drinking more water and see how it really does wonders.

Children and Water

Dietary preferences are established between the ages of zero and four years old, laying the foundation for eating habits later in life. Research has shown that when children are used to consuming water at a young age, they are more likely to drink water later in life.

Children need lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy. Water makes up more than half of a child's weight.

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 ½ to two 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 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.

Encouraging Water

When parents and caregivers make healthy drinks like water the norm at home, kids are more likely to make healthy drink choices throughout the day. Community members and program staff can also be important positive role models by consuming healthy foods and drinks in the presence of kids.

Support healthy, whole food options: Encourage children to fill half their plates with vegetables and fruit. Teach kids that eating a piece of fruit or cut up vegetables is a better choice than reaching for juice – they’ll get important nutrients, fibre and will feel full longer.

Foster healthy eating routines: Research has shown that regular family meals are associated with positive health outcomes in children and youth. Having more family dinners together is associated with lower consumption of soft drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets, and may have a positive impact on vegetable intake.

Resources

Water facts- infographic