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How to Make Better Beverage Choices

When you get thirsty from running around and playing, water can be the best drink. What you drink is as important as what you eat. Teaching your child why drinking plenty of water is so important can motivate him to consume more. Here are some tips to help you assist your child in making better beverage choices.

Water on the go

Water is always convenient. Fill a clean, reusable water bottle and toss it in your bag to quench your child’s thirst throughout the day.

Skip sweetened drinks

Don’t keep sweetened drinks at home; make cold water available instead.  Sweetened drinks often contain added sugar and offer little or no nutrients.

*Source: MyPlate SuperTracker

 

Child-friendly drinks

Serve plain water in decorative jugs. Add slices of lemon, limes, or mint for flavor.

Read about the benefits of water

Read books about the importance of drinking water. “Drinking Water,” by Mari C. Schuh, tells why drinking water is important and gives children tips for drinking more water.  When your child is able to visualize why drinking water is important, as well as hear an entertaining story about the topic, he is more likely to internalize the lesson and drink more water.

Be a role model

Drink plenty of water yourself. When you model healthy habits, your child is more likely to follow suit. The habits your children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.

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