Parents know the importance of staying hydrated, especially when kids are feeling sick or constantly on the move. But when they bounce from school to soccer practice, it’s hard to keep track of where your kids are – let alone how much water they’re drinking.
In 2015, Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a study on hydration among U.S. children. The study, which was featured in the American Journal of Public Health, found that 54.5% of children and teens ages 6-19 were inadequately hydrated. Furthermore, boys were 76% more likely than girls to be under-hydrated.
3 Tips for Better Hydration:1. Use the 6-8 Rule of Thumb
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that most children drink 6-8 cups of water depending on age, weight and gender. Add a little flavor and fizz to a plain glass of water with Hydrate Better™.
2. Hydrate More with Exercise
It is especially important for kids to hydrate before, during and after exercise. Water should be consumed every 15 to 20 minutes during sports and other physical activity.
3. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
In addition to offering low calories and high levels of nutrients, fruits and vegetables contain more water than other solid foods. A sweet, colorful fruit salad is a great way to sneak in extra hydration – and it counts toward the daily recommended water intake!