High school students have made sure that their hydration station is a success, helping kids to reduce sugary drinks and excess calories.
At Sweetwater High School, the hydration station was a student driven initiative to install cool water in the lunch area. Students and staff can fill reusable bottles with filtered, chilled water through the day.
“They’re lining up like crazy during lunch and between class periods,” said Karemi Alvarez of the UC San Diego Center for Community Health. The students received leadership training from the center, and focused on ways to make healthier choices.
The high school serves about 2500 students. Drinking water was a problem since the campus’s 20 water fountains were clogged and perceived as being unsanitary. Some of the water fountains had water pressure that was so low students had to put their mouths on the spout to get any water at all.