By AR Radio Network
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new study offers a simple solution for getting kids to drink more water in schools or child-care settings – make it more convenient.
Researchers did a study in 12 middle schools – giving some schools cold water pitchers, some a cold water dispenser, and those two came with cups, signage and announcements. The rest just had their normal drinking fountains.
Twenty percent more kids drank water in schools that served it cold, with cups. Dr. Anisha Patel from the University of California, Director of the study:
Patel says many schools around the country are now opting to install “filling stations” for reusable water bottles.
Patel says a recent federal law requires all school cafeterias to offer water free of charge. She hopes this study helps districts help their students make a healthier choice.