March is National Nutrition month and with the upcoming Canada Water Week (March 18-22) and World Water day on March 22, it is a perfect time to celebrate drinking water.
The promotion of water aligns perfectly with the new Canada’s Food Guide encouraging everyone to make water a drink of choice! During the Canadian Water Week (and year-round!), we encourage students and their families to take a liking to water.
Having water available each morning at your breakfast program is very important as water is essential and ultimately a healthier choice than other beverages to kick start the school day with many benefits. You will find some ideas below that can be applied at school, home and your breakfast program to make more room for water daily.
Encourage water consumption by:
Encouraging kids to bring a reusable water bottle.
Adding fruits/vegetables/herbs to water for flavour:
Cucumber and mint
Watermelon and mint
Strawberry and basil
Peaches and raspberries
Making fun ice cubes with frozen fruit to add to water.
If you are part of a breakfast program: Issue a challenge to see how many glasses of water are consumed during Canada Water Week at your breakfast program. Share the progress, pictures and stories with your Club coordinator. Give students a certificate of participation for taking part in the challenge.
This initiative has been inspired by the Tchin-tchin Challenge by Association Quebécoise de la Garde Scolaire et Coalition sur la problématique du poids. For more inspiring ideas, consult their Challenge page.