Water Does Wonders!
Sugar-sweetened beverages are a worry for children’s health. They can replace healthy drink choices and add extra calories and sugar to children’s diets. Water is an excellent choice of fluid and essential for good health. It is also a simple, convenient, and a low-cost way for children to quench their thirst. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) of St. Thomas Elgin encourages you to help your kids choose water for better health.
How can you help your kids make healthy beverage choices starting today?
Support healthy, whole food choices!
Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit. Teach kids that eating a piece of fruit or cut up vegetables is a much better choice than reaching for juice.
Be a role model by choosing water yourself!
When parents and caregivers make healthy drink choices like water, kids are more likely to choose water too. Schools and sports teams can be great role models too by always making water available.
Make time for regular family meals.
Research shows that more family dinners together often means a lower intake of soft drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets and may mean your child will eat more vegetables.
- Find out more information about The Healthy Kids Community Challenge here.
- Here are more ideas to support your kids to choose water (HKCC).
- Do you know how much sugar there is in common sugar sweetened beverages? Learn more here (HKCC).
- Watch this EatRight Ontario video on helping your kids choose water: Video: Healthy beverages – Choose water