Serve water at every snack and meal, and make sure it is available throughout the program day.
Water is the best drink for children in out-of-school-time programs. It is calorie-free, hydrating, and 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. Sports drinks contain lots of sugar and calories.
Create an account, assess your program & create an action plan
Create an account for your program–it’s quick and easy–then assess how closely your program environment and practices align to the OSNAP goals and create a customized plan for water-promotion practices and policies at your program.
Tip Sheet and Fast Map
Find ideas on how to engage staff and children in drinking water at your program every day.
Clearly lay out your program rules for promoting water consumption.
Afterschool curriculum, Unit 10
Find some activities to help you encourage kids to drink water!
Communicate with families about drinking water.