A new study has found that simply making water available to elementary and middle school children, positively impacted on student health.
It is now well accepted that drinking high sugar drinks has detrimental health effects, especially in children.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, has reported on the effects of installing self-serve water dispensers in schools on student outcomes. In an effort to reduce student consumption of high sugar drinks, while increasing their intake of water, researchers assessed the installation of water dispensers in New York public elementary and middle schools, with collectively over 1 000 000 students in attendance.
The installation of the water dispensers in schools significantly impacted on standardized body mass index (BMI) of the students, demonstrating a total reduction in BMI for both boys and girls. The study reveals that simply increasing water availability to students can have real impact on health outcomes, ultimately resulting in significant reductions in student BMI.
Amy Ellen Schwartz; Michele Leardo; Siddhartha Aneja; Brian Elbel. The Power of a Simple Intervention to Improve Student Health: : Just Add Water JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 19, 2016.;():1-2. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3798.
Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD