Getting Kids to Drink Water

boy drinking a glass of water

THIRSTY KIDS DRINK WHAT'S AVAILABLE

Every once in a while you run across a solution to a problem and have to ask yourself, could it really be that easy? Why didn't I think of that? Here's an example. Think back to your childhood, playing during recess. Remember how thirsty you got? There was always a line behind the water fountain when you headed back to your classroom.

ENTER THE WATER COOLER

Fast-forward to 2016 and enter the water cooler. Researchers were looking at a way to lessen obesity among children in our country, and in one study, looked at the impact of installing water jets in New York schools. Basically, water coolers. And an amazing thing happened. Children drank more water and less sugary drinks. As a result, their body mass index levels decreased. What a great idea!

The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.