Healthy Choices for Kids

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugar in kids diets

Water does Wonders!

We all know healthy eating is important for growing children, but so is healthy hydration!

The natural choice

Water is the natural choice for kids to stay hydrated and healthy. Water makes up more than half of a child's weight. They need a steady supply to keep their bodies working and growing properly. Water contains no sugar, calories, additives, preservatives, or caffeine. And it's free.

Drinking water is an important part of overall healthy eating habits in kids

  • Water makes up approximately 60% of a child's body weight. It is an essential nutrient.
  • Water regulates the temperatures of the human body. It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions organs and joints, aids digestion, and removes waste.
  • Water has zero calories and no sugar. This makes it a healthy choice for staying hydrated throughout the day.
  • When kids drink water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks, they tend to consume fewer calories over the whole day.
  • Most tap water from municipal sources is fluoridated. This means that it helps teeth stay strong and protects against cavities.

Change the sugar habit

Encourage your kids to drink water when they are thirsty. It is much better for them than drinks with sugar added.

Whole fruit is better than juice

One hundred percent fruit juice (no sugar added) should be an occasional treat — no more than about one-half a cup per day. While juice contains some nutrients, it also has a lot of calories. Support whole food options instead. Teach kids that eating a piece of fruit or some cut-up vegetables is a better choice than reaching for juice. They'll get important nutrients and fibre, and will feel satisfied longer. Children and youth who eat vegetables and fruit five times a day are less likely to be overweight or obese.

Water is best

Research has shown that when children are used to drinking water at a young age, they are more likely to drink water later in life.

Make water the new normal in your home

Put water on the table at mealtimes.

Keep pitchers of water on the kitchen counter or in the fridge for everyone to grab a drink from throughout the day.

Fill up re-usable bottles of water for the kids to take to school and sports activities.

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