Carver County’s La Academia/Kinder Academy is taking steps to encourage students to make healthy beverage decisions by making water the easy and preferred choice.
With support from the Carver County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), a “hydration station” was recently installed in the school. Students learned about the health benefits of drinking water at an all-school assembly in early February.
There were 475 water bottles distributed to students and staff during the school assembly.
Student water bottles were donated by White Oak Dental, Tweet Pediatric Dentistry and West Lake Dentistry. Wayzata Children’s Clinic donated water bottles for the staff to model healthy hydration habits. Carver County Public Health helped obtain funding for the hydration station.
Building healthy habits at a young age is a recognized tool for improving health and preventing health issues that cost Minnesota over $3.2 billion annually. “One of the things SHIP is designed to do is to help schools instill a lifetime of healthy habits for students,” stated Caitlin Huiras, Carver County Public Health program specialist, in a press release.
“This is both a school and community-based effort to get our children in the habit of drinking healthy water rather than sugary beverages,” said Shawna Goettig, school nurse at La Academia/Kinder Academy.
During the month of February, activities are planned at the school to help students and families understand the importance of hydration and making healthy choices.