January 28, 2019

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.”

This guidance may be found in the Food Guide, Section 2 "Foods and beverages that undermine healthy eating".

The Globe and Mail reports, “The new Canada’s Food Guide explained: Goodbye four food groups and serving sizes, hello hydration.”

The instruction encouraging Canadians to make water their “beverage of choice” is meant to fulfill two purposes: to promote...

January 9, 2019

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.

Researchers detail their findings and the prevalence of elevated lead concentrations in tap water in public schools based on the available data in a new report, Early Adopters: State Approaches to Testing School Drinking Water f...

January 8, 2019

Due to the current shutdown, the Environmental Protection Agency has extended the deadline for states to submit letters of intent to Feb. 11. 

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 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...

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