July 24, 2019

On July 24, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, into law.

This groundbreaking legislation will provide approximately $130 million each year for ten years to support safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities.

The fund will be supported by an allocation of 5 percent of the annual proceeds of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a market-based compliance mechanism for the monitoring and regulation of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Creation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund was tirelessly pursued by California State Senator Bill Monning, with support from champion Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom, as well as a coalition of advocacy groups that includes two NDWA members: the Community Water Center and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. 

PHOTO ABOVE: Governor Newsom signed SB 200 at an event in the uninco...

July 23, 2019

New quick-read versions of the National Drinking Water Alliance “Healthy Hydration” fact sheet are now available in English and Spanish. The factsheets highlight key reasons why water is a healthy choice for thirst-quenching. Access and download them both here.


Research shows that offering drinking water promotional material near a drinking water access point will increase water consumption.1 The new fact sheets are designed to be eye-catching and suitable for posting near a water fountain, in a kitchen or near another drinking water location.


The fact sheets feature a bilingual water droplet designed by graphic artists for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  
 

1. Kenney EL, Gortmaker SL, Carter JE, Howe CW, Reiner JF, Cradock AL. Grab a Cup, Fill It Up! An Intervention to Promote the Convenience of Drinking Water and Increase Student Water Consumption During School Lunch. Am J Public Health. 2015; 105(9): 1777-1783.

July 10, 2019

This school year, teens at John Swett High School in Crockett, California took new steps to promote healthy hydration.  Recognizing the need to motivate their peers to hydrate with water—not unhealthy sugary drinks—at school, the students produced teen-designed signage and an engaging messaging campaign.

Eli Figueroa, a project coordinator at CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California, guided the students through their youth-led campaign’s development process. The teens then created weekly messages and produced video clips that their peers viewed during their second period class over the course of two months. The video clips highlighted the group’s message of the week, encouraging students to “Choose Smarter - Drink Water!”

To evaluate the effectiveness of their campaign, the teens designed and administered a student survey pre- and post-campaign. After two months, 52 percent of the students reported that they drank more water. Why? The students confirmed that they were r...

July 1, 2019

Developing healthy beverage habits early in childhood is key—but too many young children routinely consume sugary drinks, and a sizable minority consume no water at all. Luckily, the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is currently under development and will provide advocates and researchers the opportunity to comment for the very first time on standards for children aged 0-24 months.

Just in time, a newly released policy brief, Infant and Toddler Beverage Recommendations for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, from the Nutrition Policy Institute, dives deep into what young children are drinking today, as well as what they should be drinking and how that information should influence the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Researchers agree: sugar-sweetened beverages have no place in young children’s diets and the new Dietary Guidelines provide a critical opportunity for America to get its beverage guidance for young children right....

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