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Obesity Risk Reduced With Water Fountains in Schools

Obesity Risk Reduced With Water Fountains in Schools

By Derek Markham, Eco Child’s Play

The one year study, published in Pediatrics, weighed 2nd and 3rd graders in socially deprived areas and interviewed them about their water consumption. In schools in the intervention group, water fountains were added and four lessons were presented to the kids about the health benefits of water consumption. Water flow from the fountains was also measured.

Before the study period, there was no statistical difference between the two groups in the prevalence of overweight kids. At the end of the year, after adjusting for the baseline prevalence of being overweight, the authors found a 31% decrease in the risk of obesity in the intervention group.

After the study, researchers found that water consumption in the intervention group had increased by over 7 ounces per child per school day, and the fountains were in steady use throughout the year. No mention was made about food consumption during the period, although no effect was found on soft drink and juice consumption in the intervention group.

While not a magic bullet for keeping kids in a healthy weight range, the study was a positive example of how small changes in daily routine can have a lasting impact on children’s health.

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1:33AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Good :)

10:11PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Interesting, we always had plenty of water fountains in school when I was younger, nothing like cold sparkling water.

9:49PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Alternative to soda.

9:43PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thanks

3:59PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

3:57PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

3:55PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

3:55PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

3:54PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

3:53PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

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The food wastage is ridiculous, everywhere! We could certainly feed all the poor people of the world…

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Sounds interesting-thanks

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