September 25, 2018

Last week, letters were mailed to governors announcing the funding for a new drinking water grant under the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act, passed in December 2016 and appropriated by Congress in fiscal year 2018. The Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grant will assist local educational agencies in voluntary testing for lead contamination in drinking water at schools and child care programs. The grant program is designed to reduce exposure of children, who are most vulnerable, to lead in drinking water at schools and child care facilities, utilizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools guidance or equivalent state program.  The newly revised 3Ts guidance is expected to be released next month.

The non-competitive grant will include $20 million in funding focused on lead testing in schools and child care programs, with a set-aside of $1.2 million for...

September 13, 2018

Building on a statewide program to test school drinking water for lead, the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Network (BANPAC) supported 11 San Francisco Bay Area schools in testing and promoting drinking water last school year.

The Drinking Water Promotion Project (DWAPP) piloted an innovative model that convened a committee of water experts, including researchers and representatives from local water utilities, health departments, and non-profits, to develop a systematic approach for drinking water testing and promotion.

School champions, primarily teachers who serve on the school wellness committee, were recruited at 11 schools throughout the Bay Area. The DWAPP program coordinator provided each school champion with a water promotion plan, package of ready-to-use materials, and a small amount of funding to support water promotion efforts. School champions selected activities that matched their school’s needs and interests. Activities included poster and water bottle log...

September 10, 2018

Early childhood is a critical period for developing food preferences and dietary patterns. Despite dietary recommendations to limit or eliminate sugary drinks in early childhood, children ages 0 to 5 frequently drink these beverages. There is currently a lack of evidence on effective policy, systems, and environmental strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption and provide and promote water among children ages 0 to 5.

Healthy Eating Research (HER) recently released a national research agenda to address this evidence gap. HER used a rigorous, structured approach to develop the agenda, including conducting systematic literature reviews, surveying practitioners, and convening a scientific advisory committee, which included several National Drinking Water Alliance allies.

HER’s national research agenda presents thirteen key issues as priorities for future research efforts:

  1. Measures of consumption and baseline understanding of consumption patterns

  2. Beverages in the food reta...

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