Water is the best drink for children in out-of-school time programs. It is calorie free, hydrates children, and is low-cost! Serve water at every snack, and make sure it is available throughout the program day. Encourage children to drink water whenever they are thirsty.

Do not serve sugar-sweetened beverages (like soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and fruit-ades) during your programs; these drinks provide a lot of sugar and calories that children’s bodies don’t need. Children do not need sport and energy drinks because most sports drinks are designed for endurance athletes who exercise for hours at high intensity. They contain lots of sugar and calories.