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My oldest daughter’s favorite drink has always been water. It’s been nice that I never had to worry about her drinking too much juice, and as a family we just don’t drink much soda anyway.
She has started middle school this year and most of her classes are out in portables, which means she doesn’t have access to a drinking fountain most of the time. I wanted to make sure she still has water to drink during the day though, so I picked up some Nestlé® Pure Life® water bottles from Walmart for her to take in her lunch.
I let her choose some fun colored tape to wrap around them too (which will make sure her bottle doesn’t get mixed up with anyone else’s at school).
I keep several in the fridge so there’s always a cold one for her to grab in the morning. Here are some of the other items she likes to have packed in her lunch.
- Peanut butter and honey sandwich
- sliced apples (with Fruit Fresh)
- a small bag of cookies.
In a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®* 33% of kids find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders and 25% of kids age 6-12 choose soda as their preferred drink, while 23% choose water.
To help children get enough water, licensed dietitian and nutritionist Robin Plotkin, suggested to have cups, straws, lids and other drinking "equipment" available to provide to your kids to make drinking water more fun. 29% of moms surveyed* say that "fun tactics" would get their kids to drink more water. What's a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child's initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child's water!
This is what we try to do. The duck tape is a perfect fun tactic for decorating our water bottles. The kids find it super fun to grab a bottle and go. It is a win for everyone! Nestlé® Pure Life® helps moms and kids remember how important it is to drink more water.
Nestlé® knows that establishing healthy habits has lifelong effects. We call this The Ripple Effect. As a proud support of the Healthier America's Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® is committed to encouraging parents and kids to reach for water first. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. (Information source - At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country) Visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect on Facebook.
*We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.