A main cornerstone of our Better Hydration, Better Health program is the distribution of water bottles to the entire school. By ensuring everyone in the school has a water bottle, we are better able to create and perpetuate a sustainable, reusable water bottle atmosphere. When a student loses their bottle, they are asked to collect 100 recyclable bottles and cans. Not only does this promote an air of sustainability, it also helps the students to understand that it takes a lot of resources to make their bottles so it is important that they hold on to them.
Our bottles are always BPA-Free and dishwasher safe.
In addition to providing students with proper water access to stay hydrated throughout the day, we also educate them on a variety of water topics. We give them handouts, put up posters, and have pop quizzes and tests to help them to retain the information. It is our belief that when students are educated on the benefits of staying properly hydrated, they will learn to view water in a new light.
First and foremost, we teach them about the lack of clean water around the world. When 780 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, then it is important that clean water be appreciated in countries that do have it. Some families need to walk miles every day to get the clean water they need to survive. Luckily, here in the United States, clean water is usually only a few steps away.
Second, we educate the students about how dehydration affects their lives both in the classroom and at home. We teach them about the many different, sometimes barely noticeable effects that dehydration has on the human mind and body. That it is important for a student to make sure he or she is well hydrated in the classroom in order to perform well and feel their best. Attention span, critical thinking, mood, and short-term memory are all things that are negatively affected by dehydration and all of those things are essential for success in the classroom.
We also teach students about the dangers of excessive sugary beverage consumption. When more than 1 in 3 people in the US will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, it is important that students understand how sugary beverages will impact their health. We show them how much sugar is in beverages that they see every day, and explain to them that they should view soda as a dessert or a treat. After all, one scoop of ice cream has less than half the amount of sugar than a 12 oz. can of soda!
THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
As I'm sure you all know, getting children to be healthy is always a challenge. That is why we create and implement a point-based incentive reward program for the students. In this point based incentive program, students gain points for having their water bottles with them throughout the school day and completing H2knO classwork and assignments. We give out fun rewards and prizes to students that strive to live a healthy lifestyle and in the past have taken students to Dave and Busters and Laser Quest!
WHERE H2KNO IS WORKING
EPIPHANY SCHOOL IN DORCHESTER, MA
H2knO has launched its Better Hydration. Better Health. program at the Epiphany School. We are working with the fifth through eighth grade students throughout the school year to promote healthy habits and refine our interventions and technology for H2knO's school model.