Does your child’s school promote water?
Various campaigns and studies to do with schools and drinking water conducted over the last decade or so have produced a mixed bag of results.
One thing is clear though – a hydrated child is a much happier child for a number of reasons. As children spend the majority of their day at school, it is very important that the school provides fresh drinking water.
Here are some of the ways through which the practice of drinking water in between learning can help the students:
*One of the keys to boosting the capacity to learn is to keep well hydrated throughout the day.
*When we are thirsty, mental performance including memory, attention and concentration can decrease by about 10 per cent, studies say. Keeping the pupils hydrated help them to concentrate better because they are not distracted by the effects of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and irritability.
*Children will achieve more when both their health and learning needs are met. Ensuring free access to water and promoting a regular water intake throughout the school day is a vital role for schools in promoting health and providing a healthy learning environment.
*Drinking adequate amounts of water regularly throughout the day can protect health and contribute to well-being.
*Drinking adequate amounts of water can help prevent a range of short and long-term health problems from headaches, bladder, kidney and bowel problems to cancer.
(Indebted to various sources)