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High Schools in St. Joseph, Missouri are now able to help students make the healthier choice the easier choice with the school’s new water bottle stations.
To help encourage students to chose water over sugary beverages, local health departments helped purchase the new water bottle filling fountains for various local schools and put up sugar shocker signs to help students know how much sugar is in various sugary beverages.
The grant came through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and then the new fountains were purchased by the City of St. Joseph Health Department to help encourage students to drink more water.
Quick-fill water bottle stations that transform regular water fountains into bottle filling stations were put into various local schools including Benton, Lafayette, Central, Bishop LeBlond and East Buchanan high schools and revealed to all students and teachers in celebration of National Public Health week, held every year from April 4th to 8th.
Nancy Taylor, a public health educator with the health department explained in a recent article, that the new fountains will help students be able to fill up water bottles to be used during classes, making it more convenient for students.
A recent study revealed that students who have easy access to water at schools not only help hydrated students, but also help them have a healthier weight, decrease their chances of being overweight, decrease future tooth decay and increase cognitive focus.
Also, when Boston schools banned sugary beverages, student’s consumption of soda and sugary beverages declined, according to a study.
Offering healthier options like water bottle filling stations is a convenient way for students to help choose wiser for their future health.
To learn more about this change, watch the local news video.
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