September 20, 2016 - Water makes up more than half of a child's weight. This is why children need lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy. Today, the Water Does Wonders campaign was launched to encourage families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages. This campaign is the next phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Thunder Bay (HKCC TBay).
Water is essential for good health. It is also a simple, convenient and low-cost option for quenching thirst. The goal of Water Does Wonders is to motivate kids to drink water when they are thirsty.
To encourage water as a healthy drink, HKCC TBay will be:
- Installing bottle filling stations in 11 elementary schools.
- Distributing 6000 stainless steel water bottles at community events.
- Creating an Indigenous Wellness-Through-Water event.
Thunder Bay is among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge which promotes healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children.
“Our community is excited to implement this excellent initiative that supports kids and their families to drink water, by making water the simple and best choice at school and municipal events. By working together with our community partners we will improve the health of children in Thunder Bay. ”
— Councillor Frank Pullia, Community Champion for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Thunder Bay