Food and Beverages - Hydration

Your School's Role in Hydration

Learning potential increases through small, frequent drinks of water throughout the day. Your school can positively impact learning by letting students and staff keep water bottles at their desks.

Drinking Water at School
Other Beverages
During Physical Activity
Information for Parents

Water is important for almost every process that takes place in the body. Drinking water regularly through the school day helps to:

  • Improve learning and concentration.
  • Prevent tooth decay.
  • Reduce feelings of thirst, tiredness and irritability.
  • Prevent short and long term health problems.

H20 From Beverages and Food

Our bodies absorb water from beverages and from foods like yogurt, soup and watery fruits and vegetables. Other beverages like milk and 100% juice can also contribute fluid and some nutrients.

How Much Fluid Do We Need?

  • 4 to 8 year olds: 1.2 litres per day (approx. 5 cups)
  • 9 to 13 year olds: 1.6 - 1.8 litres per day, (approx. 6.5 - 7 cups)
  • 14 to 18 year olds: 1.8 - 2.6 litres per day (approx. 7 - 10.5 cups)
  • Adults: 2.2 - 3.0 litres per day (approx. 9 - 12 cups)

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Revised: Wednesday November 23 2011

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