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.

Cool Employers Keep Staff Chilled

Keeping your workforce cool this summer could be as simple as hydrating them with cool water, according to scientific studies. Research shows that the temperature of the water could have an impact on your employees’ performance levels.

A study by hydration scientists published in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise found that consumption of cold drinks during prolonged exercise results in improved performance. Ice didn’t help, according to the research, but the research study concluded that for athletes drinks should ‘be cold for performance and safety reasons’.

Even a small drop in hydration levels can result in reduced performance and concentration levels at work. As little as 1 per cent loss of body weight due to dehydration can take its toll. This research shows that in warm workplaces, hot drinks just aren’t as effective at hydrating us.

Water coolers supplied by a BWCA member are not only providing cool water conveniently and at the right temperature but also ensuring safe hydration because every one of our members undergoes rigorous safety accreditations and inspections.

Thirst plays a surprisingly insignificant role in ensuring we have an adequate water intake, as a result of which some scientists say millions of us are suffering the effects of dehydration.

But it’s not just how much you drink that matters. Some consideration must also be made to what is drunk. Tea, coffee or anything that contains caffeine may act as a diuretic and stimulate urine production, even though the body might need to keep it.

BWCA offers top hydration tips for employers
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BWCA – SPECIAL EVENT OFFERS

Exhibitors from the UK, Europe and the USA will be gathering at the BWCA trade show on the afternoon Thursday 23rd March at The Nottingham Belfry, Nottingham NG8 6PY.

Free entry to both the trade show and three extremely informative and relevant seminars makes this a very worthwhile use of time for busy people in the water cooler industry.

AND, many exhibitors will be launching new products, offering on-the-day deals and special promotions.
No need to register – just arrive on the day – starts at 13:00.

See you there.

World Water Day

Fittingly, the BWCA annual Conference and Trade Show is held the day after, World Water Day  (22 March).

World Water Day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and championing for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

It is an international day and was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

BWCA is proud to be restating its commitment to supporting the charity Just a Drop and will be raising funds during the course of its annual conference, show and gala dinner towards funding a second borehole to transform the life of an African village that currently has no access to fresh water. Last year’s equivalent event, which included an auction, raised enough money in one day to fund a borehole and pump for a village in Zambia, which was constructed and commissioned last Autumn (2016).

Just a Drop Kalungwishi Borehole Drilling 2

In addition to providing the source of water, Just a Drop’s project managers provide sanitation and hygiene education for those using the facility.

The BWCA initiative has also inspired some of our Member Companies to get behind the scheme and we thank them all for their brilliant efforts to support this worthwhile cause.

http://www.justadrop.org/

www.unwater.org

BWCA Seminar: Plan to Win through Training

BWCA Annual Trade Show Seminar: 15:30 on 23rd March 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry

Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

“Ask yourself, every day, ‘How can I make today a bit more amazing?'”  That’s the question that Rachel Halsall of the The Results centre will be posing at this seminar.

Training is often a neglected area and the session Rachel leads will reveal some of the benefits of training and development and how these deliver a commercial return.

Rachel Halsall of The Results Centre is a top business trainer and coach and she would like delegates attending her seminar to come away from the session with some practical tips to take back to their own businesses.

Rachel Halsall of The Results Centre BWCA Seminar Speaker

She says, “Creating great results for yourself and your team requires investment. I will examine how you can effectively invest in your own training and development as a leader to produce a clear return on that investment.”

Her approach is very much one of empowering those who work in, and lead, businesses, encouraging conversations about training needs and starting by identifying what success looks like. For some bosses, executive coaching is where this process needs to begin.  “We need to enrol people in the conversation about what could be done better,” says Rachel.

 

Businesses owners and leaders want more time in the day. Rachel says: “Sometimes it’s a question of helping people to analyse how their business has changed over, say, the past two years. We get them to see what they no longer need to do and what they should now be doing to keep things fresh.  Keeping the lens open to assessing change and how to react to change is a key part of the focus. The aspiration is always to get people, at every level of a business, to turn up that dial just one degree more”.

The Results Centre is an International Coaching, Training and Development business whose  arresting approach aims to help  change how you see the future for yourself, your team and your business. www.theresultscentre.com

 

The seminar is free to attend.  Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. The two other free seminars that afternoon –  all on a ‘Plan to Win’ theme –  are:

13.30 “Plan to be a Better Boss” – a company’s most important asset is usually its employees.  Delegates will receive pointers on how to develop a strong and harmonious team.

14:30 “Plan your technology for tomorrow’s success” – whether you struggle with the application of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) or just want to get better, this session is for you.  Delegates will learn how to ensure their businesses are as efficient as possible.

 The Trade Show is the showcase for the Water Cooler sector and entry is free to trade visitors. Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

BWCA Seminar: Plan your technology for future success

BWCA Annual Trade Show Seminar:  14:30 on 23rd March 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry

Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

“Whether you struggle with the application of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) or just want to get better, this session will help delegates learn how to ensure their businesses are as efficient as possible,” says Rob Laughton, Seminar Chairman and owner of The Water Delivery Company.

The two presenters, Alison Peters of Database Workshop and Francisco dos Santos from Activewhere, are specialists in the sector. The seminar will reveal some insights from the perspective of each speaker as software providers whilst answering questions from the session chairman and from delegates about how to make the most of technology.

The Chairman and presenters will aim to show just how important it is to use existing technology to its full potential and how a thoughtful approach can influence the software and enhance its value still further.

Rob Laughton said: “The core focus for both talks will be looking at how software has solved business challenges. Our speakers will show how user interaction and feedback can make a massive difference in the development of new functionality”.

The seminar is free to attend.  Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. The two other free seminars that afternoon are:

13:30  “Plan to be a better boss” – a company’s most important asset is usually its employees.  Delegates will receive pointers on how to develop a strong and harmonious team.

 15:30 “Plan to win through training” – often a neglected area, the session will reveal some of the benefits of training and development and how these deliver a commercial return.

The Trade Show is the showcase for the Water Cooler sector and entry is free to trade visitors.  Book on-line