A recent study from New York University and Syracuse University has found that water jet dispensers in schools are linked to lower childhood BMI scores.
One in six children and adolescents are affected with childhood obesity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Causes include insufficient physical activity or access to affordable healthy foods.
Researchers studied 1,200 public middle and elementary schools, andcthecsum total of enrolled students in New York City was over one million during the 2008-2009 and 1012-2013 school years. They compared schools that installed water jets, which have clear hugs and a lever that dispenses water.
“Decreasing the amount of caloric beverages consumed and simultaneously increasing water consumption is important to promote children’s health and decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity,” said Amy Ellen Schwartz, director of the NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy. “Schools are a natural setting for such interventions.”