The North East Healthy Drinks Alliance is encouraging schools across Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik to become ‘Water Friendly’ by promoting water as the preferred drink for children and young people.
School leaders are ideally placed to encourage the development of lifelong preferences that will help students grow into healthy adults. Schools are also important role models for local communities, with an influence that reaches beyond the school gates.
Many schools are already promoting tap water as the drink of choice and we are building on this momentum with our Water Friendly Schools Challenge. The Challenge provides support and recognition for schools that promote tap water this year. Click here to register.
There are many benefits of choosing water as the main choice of hydration in the younger years, including:
There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to being Water Friendly. However, there are many useful strategies that can be tailored to the culture and goals of your school.
Scroll down to see tips and resources to support your school to become ‘Water Friendly.’
Leadership, commitment and culture
Healthy physical environment
Child teaching and learning and supported staff
Family and community partnerships
There are a range of resources available to support schools:
North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.