Drinking Water in a School Setting. Rachel Clements. The Challenge. Obesity amongst children is on the increase Estimated that 8.5% of 6 yr olds and 15% of 15 yr old children are obese 9/10 children are taking food to school that contains too much sugar, salt and saturated fat.
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“ to reduce the year on year rise in the prevalence of obesity in children under 11 by 2010, in the context of a broader strategy to reduce obesity in the population as a whole”
July - PSA target for obesity
‘All pupils should have access to drinking water
at all times at a number of points around the
school, preferably no from taps in the toilets.
Pupils should be permitted to carry water with
them and consumption encouraged both in
class and during break and lunch time’.
Quote from a headteacher on the National College for School
Leadership recent 'hotseat conversation' (September 2004):
Is the healthy school initiative a way forward to combating
obesity? Our school gained the healthy school award this year. As
a result, we have water, fresh fruits and delicious carrots and
tomatoes available for all our children in the infants and drinking
water on demand in our juniors all day long. The difference it has
made to the children's choice of eating habits is profound.
Children from poor families benefit the most; they are being
introduced to a variety of fruits [that are well outside their parents'
budgets] – this is empowering our school to have future influence
in children's eating habits. In my opinion this is a positive start to
addressing the problems of obesity as well as extending the
school curriculum on health education.
– curriculum focussed
- follow child throughout school day
‘If you don’t drink water than your brain
gets thirsty’ (female pupil year 4)
‘The water is cold and encourages pupils
to drink it’ (Headteacher)
‘It’s a great idea. You can get it when you
want and the teachers are OK about you
drinking in class’ (female pupil, year 4)