Healthy Hydration

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Make Drinking Water More Fun

We all know getting children to drink water can sometimes be a struggle. So, we want to help make drinking water fun and easy for the whole family!

Hydration is important for children’s health and wellness. PTAs can support healthy hydration by providing healthy beverages at school events and by also advocating for healthy hydration practices in school for students and at home for families.

Kids who drink water are more likely to...

  • Make smart choices
  • Be independent
  • Want healthy foods

Children Drinking Water

How Your PTA Can Support Healthy Hydration


Healthy Hydration at Meal Times
Schools in the National School Lunch Program must make water available to students during meal times at no cost (Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act). Encourage students to use water fountains or setup a water cooler in the cafeteria.

Healthy Hydration at School Events
Provide water at school events for students and their families. PTAs can offer it at no cost or at a lower cost than other beverages!

Healthy Hydration for Physical Activity
PTAs can work with school administrators to ensure students are hydrated before, during and after physical activity. Encourage teachers to allow students to break for water.

Healthy Hydration Display
Set up a display at PTA Events that shows fun, delicious fruit-infused water recipes. Also show the amount of sugar in sweetened beverages.

Healthy Hydration Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help local PTAs advocate for healthy hydration and other health improvements in their school community. PTAs can use this resource to effect change, educate members of the school community and ensure that healthy food, beverages and snacks are accessible choices for families at home, in schools and in school communities.

Host a Healthy Hydration Program

The Healthy Hydration Program is fun for the whole family. By hosting a National PTA Healthy Hydration Program, you'll help make drinking water and staying hydrated fun.

The Healthy Hydration Program is fun for the whole family and features:

  • Information for parents on how to help ensure their child is staying hydrated
  • A water infusion activity to help make drinking water fun 

National PTA Programs meet parents and families where they are! Our programs are available in both in-person and at-home program formats to meet community needs. At-Home Programming is available in Real-Time, Self-Paced, or Tech-Free formats.

For more information on these program formats, see Choosing Your Own Program Model. See below for the free program resources that will make your program a success. Consider any CDC and school guidelines and protocols in place for group gatherings as you plan your program.

Health - Safe Drinking Water

Healthy Hydration Program At-Home Toolkit


As part of the PTA Programs at Home initiative, your PTA has the option to determine which model you want to use to best engage your school community: Real-Time, Self-Paced or Tech-Free.

Real-Time Program Model

Self-Paced Program Model

Tech-Free Program Model

In-Person Healthy Hydration Toolkit

In-Person Toolkit

At your healthy lifestyles event, be sure to include the healthy hydration stations brought to you by Nestlé Waters North America and Nestlé® Pure Life®. Consider hosting your event during the month of November in celebration of Healthy Lifestyles Month!

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