H2knO's Better Hydration, Better Health program at the Epiphany School Summer Intensive has concluded. It has been extremely rewarding and we have all learned how to stay hydrated during those hot summer days.
During the summer, the Epiphany students filled their days with academics, sports, swimming, and even trips to Water Country and Six Flags! After working with the eighth grade class in the spring, the H2knO team was excited to meet and educate the rest of the students in the school about the importance of water and proper hydration. After all, we wanted them to be able to enjoy their summer fun to the fullest.
We considered it a priority to explain to the students the dangers of dehydration the first week. It was hot, and the students were outside exercising every day. It is extremely easy to become dehydrated in hot weather, and keeping a full water bottle with you at all times is the first step in avoiding dehydration altogether. In addition to learning about the negative effects of dehydration, students also learned about sugars, electrolytes, and the scarcity of clean water in the world.
H2knO also introduced a new tool this summer to help the students manage their hydration, the Hydration Journal. The Hydration Journal helps encourage students to drink water throughout the day by helping them track their water bottle refills. When students refilled their bottles, they got stamps from a teacher corresponding to the time period that their refill occurred, either before lunch, between lunch and dinner, or after dinner. Each teacher had a custom stamp, and both the teachers and students enjoyed giving and receiving stamps. Over the summer program there were 756 refills recorded, showing the dedication the students had to managing and ensuring their own hydration.
Over the four week period, the students increased their water and hydration knowledge by 42%. In addition, the students self-reported an increase in water consumption by 30% and a decrease in sugar sweetened beverage consumption by 14%. These numbers show the students successfully took their health into their own hands and internalized what they had learned. We are excited to see how well those healthy habits stuck with them when they return in the fall.