Canada’s Food Guide has just been revised and it encourages Canadians to make water their “beverage of choice.” The Food Guide’s new dietary advice graphic is a colorful photograph of a plate with a glass of water beside it. This graphic replaces the rainbow image.
The Guide says, “Sugary drinks … should not be consumed regularly” and defines sugary drinks as including soft drinks, fruit-flavoured drinks, 100% fruit juice, flavoured waters with added sugars, sport and energy drinks, and other sweetened hot or cold beverages, such as iced tea, cold coffee beverages, sweetened milks, and sweetened plant-based beverages.”
All kids, no matter where they live, should have access to safe drinking water in school. Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is important for helping kids grow up at a healthy weight and promoting oral health, but water must be safe to drink. Reports of lead contamination have emerged in schools and communities across the country. The focus on this issue is deserved: even at low levels, lead exposure is harmful, especially for young children.
New research from National Drinking Water Alliance allies at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California examined states’ efforts to test for lead in school drinking water.
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 tribal education authorities. In the letter to the governor, interested states are being asked to submit letters of intent to the EPA by Feb. 11, 2019, identif...