Why Water Matters For Children

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The BWCA has launched a FREE hydration fact sheet called Why Water Matters for Children, reminding schools of the benefits offered by water coolers.

The message is ‘think drink to help you think’. Being well-hydrated helps children achieve their optimum performance both mentally and physically and water is one of the healthiest means of achieving good hydration levels.

The BWCA is the leading Association representing those who supply and distribute water coolers and related products and services. They set standards of hygiene and safety for their Members through mandatory training and audits.

Why Water Matters for Children is one of a collection of six new published hydration guides. It points out the health benefits to children of drinking both milk and water, advising that sugary drinks such as juices are fine as an occasional treat but reminding schools that these should never be the main source of hydration.

The fact sheet also includes a Healthy Hydration Chart so that children can be encouraged to judge, from the colour of their urine, whether they are well-hydrated.

The fact sheet gives advice on choosing the correct coolers for particular needs and locations.

It outlines the factors to take into account when selecting a mains-fed or bottled water cooler for your particular requirements.

It is important to have a guarantee of best practice when choosing a water cooler supplier. Ensure you select a BWCA Member.

New BWCA Media Partner

The BWCA is delighted to announce that it has secured a media partnership with the leading online magazine, This Week in FM.

Members can request to be added to the e-Newsletter subscription database which will carry relevant BWCA news in future.

Importantly, BWCA Members will qualify for a 10% discount off the rate card to advertise to facilities managers via the site and the generous people at the magazine will be donating 5% to the Just a Drop charity when BWCA advertisers settle their invoices.

Member advertisers are asked to contact Laurence Allen on Laurence@twinfm.com for full information.

5 top tips to keeping your cool at work

Take advantage of your employer! No, we don’t mean by doing your internet shopping when you should be working. However, if your employer is good enough to provide a water cooler, do take advantage of the health benefits this can bring. Here are our five top tips for good health:

1. If you’re aiming to eat a healthy diet with salads for lunch, that’s great. But beware, as dentists say that more than four servings a day of acidic drinks (such as juices) and foods (including salad dressings) can weaken the enamel in our teeth. 80% of dentists spot worn-away enamel in patients every week. So, if you are enjoying dressing on your salads, or other acidic foods, make sure you limit these and take a glass of water afterwards to help cleanse your mouth.

2. Staying with that healthy diet theme, it may be obvious, but remember that water is calorie-free. So-called ‘water plus’ drinks aren’t water: they are soft drinks and some contain added sugar. By drinking water from the water cooler you know what you are getting: plain, simple water.

3. Often our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time you’re at work and hit that 3p.m. slump, don’t reach for the biscuits, head for the water cooler instead. It’s a great way to hydrate whilst keeping the waistline under control.

4. Headaches at work? It may not be the work that’s causing a headache, just dehydration. Instead of instantly reaching for that coffee or painkiller to perk you up, it could just be that you are dehydrated. Drink a long, cool glass of water from the water cooler first.

5. If you’re heading out for that well earner sun-downer cocktail after work, make sure you drink a large glass of water first so that you don’t treat the cocktail as a thirst quencher but something to sip and enjoy. Then, do yourself good by having a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.

For those in charge of selecting the water cooler supplier in your place of work, make sure they belong to the British Water Cooler Association. Members of the BWCA have to undergo rigorous audits to ensure they offer the best possible guarantees of safety and good hygiene so by using a BWCA Member company you know you’re in good hands. Cheers.

BWCA Team completes London Triathlon

On Saturday 22nd July, Team BWCA – Chris Penn (swim), Paul Goad (run) and Richard Allen (bike) took part in the world’s largest triathlon to raise funds for Just a Drop, BWCA’s chosen charity.

So much fun was had, that the team agreed unanimously to return again next year and improve on their time. It’s still not too late to make a small donation for Just a Drop. Just visit the 4 Aces Giving Page.

Whilst finishing 101st of the 184 Corporate teams may not seem outstanding, we have to bear in mind that a slight glitch in the swimming sector meant that Chris accidently went off with the wrong group and had to get back into the water after adding a 400m run between his two swim laps. Well done!

The weather was pretty awful, but support for the teams was amazing with plenty going on to spur the athletes on. The BWCA and Just a Drop are extremely grateful for all the hard work that went into the training and thanks for all your contributions.