Questions & Answers (Q&A)

This section includes the most commonly asked questions about healthy beverages standards for child care facilities in California.

Why is water important?

Water is an essential nutrient that is vital to life and, because it has no calories and is free when it comes from the tap, it is the ideal drink for thirsty kids. The human body is about 60 percent water. It is necessary for health and well-being. Water is part of human cells, blood, the digestive process, and waste elimination.

With so much concern about poor nutrition and unhealthy eating habits, encouraging healthy diets is a critical strategy to solving these problems. With this in mind, promoting water consumption becomes a key strategy to reverse some of these problems. Experts are reaching a consensus that water should be a key ingredient in any anti-obesity strategy. In fact, the Surgeon General recommended increasing consumption of water and low-fat (1%) and non-fat milk in her report on combating childhood obesity.

Yet, research shows that too many children are likely not drinking enough water.  If children aren't drinking water, they're likely to be drinking non-nutritious sugary drinks, or excess juice or milk. Alternatively, poor hydration can be harmful for academic achievement (1), the ability to be physically active and overall health (2).

In short, there is a growing research base that shows that increasing water consumption is good for a child's health and well-being and can help improve weight and academic performance.

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