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We are big water drinkers in the Rodriguez house and it’s pretty much all we drink. However, out of convenience, I was still packing a juice box in Lilu’s school lunch. My main concern was that she stay hydrated, and I knew she would drink the juice– but it bothered me knowing that she was going to be getting a jolt of sugar that might make it harder for her to sit still in class.
I had thought about sending her with a bottle of water instead, but was worried that it might be too big to fit in her lunch box or that a lot of it would go to waste if she didn’t finish the whole bottle (16 ounces would be a lot for a seven year old in one sitting). On a recent trip to Walmart, I noticed Nestlé® Pure Life® “Juniors,” smaller 8 ounce bottles that would be the perfect size!
Lilu loves to feel like she is making a healthy choice and will happily drink water if it’s given to her, but sometimes she is so busy playing or talking at lunch that she forgets to drink at all! Since I can’t always be there to encourage her to drink up, I’ve been brainstorming ideas to help her remember on her own.
In a recent survey conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®, 33% of kids surveyed said they found it hard to drink water without reminders. I like this Hydration tip by Robin Plotkin: “29% of moms surveyed* say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. What’s a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!”
I’ve been doing Halloween themed crafts lately, as this is one of my favorite times of the year, and I had a bit of inspiration for Lilu’s lunch box. I created a Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Koozie that would not only keep her water cool until lunch, but be so eye-catching that there would be no way for her to forget to drink her water!
As a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® has created a movement they’ve dubbed “The Ripple Effect,” because in the same survey they found that 97% of moms think making one healthy choice leads to making other healthy choices, and switching to water is such an easy way to start! Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country
Here’s how you make a Halloween Koozie:
While I was at Walmart, I picked up an orange koozie from the sporting goods section (it only set me back about $1!)
Next, I traced the outline of a Jack-O-Lantern’s face on the koozie with pencil.
Then I took small craft scissors to cut out the eyes and mouth. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect — that’s part of the Jack-O-Lantern charm! Plus, the face is going to stretch when you put the koozie on the water bottle.
Did you know?
In the survey conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®, Moms say that water makes up 67% of their daily beverage intake, but it makes up only 48% of their kids. However, when kids drink four or more glasses of water a day, they’re more likely to make healthy choices in other areas of their life.
That’s why I was happy to help spread the word about ways to help kids drink more water! It’s something that I feel strongly about and something that I practice in my daily life.
How do you encourage your kids to drink more water? Share your tips below:
*We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.”