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Do your kids drink enough water?

Monday April 11 2016


Councils say children should drink more water and less fizzy pop Councils say children should drink more water and less fizzy pop


COUNCILS are urging children and teenagers to drink more water in an effort to tackle obesity.

The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, is calling for water to be made more freely available in schools, nurseries and children’s centres to encourage children to drink it.

The call comes after research showed that children and teenagers get less than a quarter of their recommended daily fluid intake – approximately eight glasses – from water.

Council leaders say tap water needs to be “the default option” for young people, rather than squash or fizzy pop that is high in sugar.

Studies show that replacing one sugary drink with water each day can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by 25 per cent, while replacing sweet drinks with water can eliminate 235 calories from diets.

What do you think WABers? Do your kids drink enough water?

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