Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville
Water Does Wonders Resources
Water Does Wonders is the second Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme and promotes the benefits of drinking water.
Take the Pledge!
Take the Water Does Wonders Pledge and choose healthier drinks that are great for your body!
Parents and Caregivers:
Water is the natural choice for kids to stay hydrated and healthy!
- Healthy eating is important for growing children and so is healthy hydration.
- Water makes up more than half of a child's body and children need a steady supply of it to keep their bodies working and growing properly. Water regulates body temperatures and carries important nutrients and oxygen to cells. It also protects organs and helps with digestion and waste removal.
- Lack of water can lead to dehydration which can drain your energy and make you tired.
- Children need lots of water before, during and after physical activity, especially in hot, humid weather. A good goal for children when exercising is to drink 1/2 cup to two cups of water every 15-20 minutes.
- Water contains no sugar, calories, additives, preservatives, or caffeine.
- Most tap water has fluoride which helps to keep teeth strong and prevents cavities.
- The early years (0-4 years) lay the foundation for dietary habits later in life. Research has shown that children who are used to drinking water at an early age, are more likely to drink water later in life.
- Learn more about safe Drinking Water
Tips For Making Water The New Normal In Your Home:
- Be your kid's best role model! Lead by example and make water your drink of choice. Kids are more likely to make healthy choices if they see adults and community members (e.g. parents, teachers, daycare workers, etc.) making the same healthy choices.
- Provide water with all meals and snacks.
- Keep pitchers of water in the fridge or on the kitchen counter so everyone can grab a drink throughout the day.
- Teach kids to help themselves to water but ask for other drinks.
- Pack re-usable bottles of water for school, sporting activities and family outings.
- Teach children to eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable instead of reaching for juice. Whole fruits options will provide the important nutrients and fibre children need and will help to keep them feeling full longer.
- Make meal time family time. Children in families that eat together are less likely to drink sugar sweetened beverages or eat foods high in sugar, and may have a higher intake of vegetables.
Milk: Another Healthy Choice:
- Encourage kids to drink plain, unsweetened milk as another healthy beverage choice.
- Milk provides kids with some of the Calcium and Vitamin D they need every day.
- Breastmilk helps babies thrive! Infants should be breastfed exclusively during the first 6 months of age. Parents are encouraged to continue to breastfeed to the age of 2 (and beyond, if desired).
- Most babies under the age of 6 months will not need any additional water. Until babies are a year old, juice, cow's milk, or other liquids should be avoided.
Other Healthy Choices For Kids:
- 100% fruit juice should be an occasional treat and limited to no more than ½ cup per day.
- Although juice does contain some nutrients, it also has added sugars. Support whole food choices instead (e.g., apple, carrots). Whole food options will give kids important nutrients like fibre and keep them feeling satisfied longer.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages are drinks that have added sugars and syrups. Greater intake of these sugary drinks can lead to many health problems. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages include:
- Soda pop or soft drinks
- Fruit drinks (e.g., ‘punches’, ‘cocktails’ or ‘-ades’)
- Energy drinks
- Sports drinks
- Flavoured or vitamin-enhanced waters
- Flavoured milks (e.g., chocolate, strawberry, milkshakes)
- Sweetened plant based beverages (e.g., almond, rice or soy)
- Specialty teas and coffees
- Hot chocolate
- Sweetened smoothies
A Tool for Every Parent
Schools - BrightBites
BrightBites is a free program designed to guide and inspire schools to create healthy, enjoyable eating experiences, and improve overall school nutrition in a fun and exciting way. By breaking down school nutrition into simple, “bite-sized” challenges, BrightBites allows your class or school to earn badges in a variety of ways. You can then celebrate your successes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to let your community know about how you are transforming the culture of nutrition!
The two BrightBites badges found below can be earned through the Water Does Wonders Healthy Kids Community Challenge!
|Water Works Badge
Community groups can help reinforce healthy beverage consumption messaging and look for opportunities to make changes in their community (e.g., arenas, swimming pools, youth or community centres, curling rinks, bowling alleys, skate parks, etc.).