Drink Choices are a Clue to Healthy Balance
January 29, 2016
Thinking about what we drink during the freezing temperatures of winter and sweltering temperatures of summer is always a clue to healthy balance. Soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, cocoa and coffee drinks can all add up to lots of sugar in our day. Too often, we don’t think WATER.
Hear – See – Do Activity
- First have kids list the things they drink each day and think about how much (and how often) water is a choice.
- Suggest kids set a goal for replacing sugary beverages with water.
- Talk about the following parent and family tips for drinking water more often:
- Sip water often. Drink water throughout the day in mouthfuls instead of glasses, such as sips from a water bottle, a cup at your work desk or from a drinking fountain. Small amounts more often do the trick!
- Change the temperature. Drinking ice water in the winter can chill anyone! Drink lukewarm water or even water warmed in a mug with a lemon slice to increase the appeal.
- “Water up” before going outside. Cold, dry air can sap moisture from your nose and mouth when you are outside. Drink water before going outside for an extended period of time to keep hydrated.
- Plan water for the “go to” mealtime beverage. Water at meals is a healthy habit all year, so offer water in addition to or in place of normal mealtime beverages. Water is the ultimate beverage; calorie-free and vital for life!