Make Water the Beverage of Choice for your Kids

When it comes to keeping kids hydrated, particularly those who play sports, you can't go wrong with water. It hydrates, helps regulate body temperature, is a good source of fluoride for healthy teeth, and helps prevent urinary tract infections and constipation.

An added plus is that unlike soda pop, fruit drinks and sports drinks, water doesn’t contain any sugar or calories. Just one can of soda contains 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar! If your child drank just one 12 ounce can every day for one year, it would add up to 60 pounds of sugar. That’s 60,000 calories.

Children should have at least 8 cups of water every day to be their best. Serve water with meals and snacks. Make water fun by adding a slice of lemon or orange. Let your child pick out a cool reusable water bottle to drink from. But most of all, set a good example by letting your kids see you drink water too.

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