Winning with Water in Ava, MO

Schools in Ava, MO have made major moves to make water first for thirst district-wide, from including strong language in their wellness policy to installing water bottle fillers at every school in the district. Support from the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities program enabled Ava School District R-1 to install eight filling stations last January in high-traffic locations. Water access improvement was complemented with strong language in the district’s wellness policy. Water has its own section in the policy, affirming support for the National School Lunch Program standard, as well as mandating that water is allowed in classrooms, provided it is in a “clea

National Drinking Water Alliance holds Congressional Educational Briefing in Washington D.C.

The National Drinking Water Alliance held a Congressional educational briefing on September 12, 2017, in the U.S. Capitol on "Issues in Drinking Water". Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) co-sponsored the briefing. Attendees included representatives from more than 50 organizations and congressional staffers from both sides of the aisle. The briefing kicked off with a surprise for the crowd of well over 100: Steph Curry, of the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, gave a vibrant shout-out for water and welcoming message by video, which you can watch here. The briefing featured three distinguished speakers who highlighted the importance of drinki

New Drinking Water Fact Sheets Available

What are the health benefits of drinking water? How can we encourage water consumption at school? What do we need to consider in addressing school water quality? Find user-friendly answers to these questions—and many more—in a new trio of fact sheets. The University of California Nutrition Policy Institute created three new downloadable fact sheets on drinking water in school settings. The fact sheets are available now on the National Drinking Water Alliance website. Healthy Hydration teaches the benefits of drinking water in place of sugar-sweetened beverages. Effective Access to Water in Schools uses a visual to show nine ways water can be provided and promoted in a school cafeteria. Drink

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