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.

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.

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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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).

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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/

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Why 13 is our lucky number for 2017

Taking 13 simple steps a day could speed us to good health.

Make the water cooler the go-to place in the office and, by drinking 8 glasses of fluid a day, most of which should be calorie-free water, and eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, we’ll kick-start our way to a healthy, hydrated 2017.

Look on this as a natural ‘detox’ programme.  We already know that choosing a low fat, low sugar eating plan is a good way to get back into shape – or perhaps to attain the shape we’ve always wanted. This is all about making small changes that will make us feel miles better, and hopefully carry on for weeks to come.

Simply combine these 13 goodies with a healthy diet and a sensible exercise regime.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day may seem a lot, but it’s really very easy:

Have a glass of water when you wake up, one before you go to bed, one with every meal and three others in between, then we’ve drunk our eight glasses with minimal effort. AND eating before meals can help control our appetites.

If yours is an office job, walking regularly to the water cooler has the added benefit of giving your eyes an essential rest from the computer screen.

Being well hydrated can help prevent headaches, mood swings, constipation, kidney stones and offers a host of other health benefits.

8 + 5 = GOOD HEALTH AND VITALITY

 

 

BWCA Christmas Tip

With all that Christmas eating, drinking water before and during meals will really help your health!

  • Drinking water can help give you sparkling eyes, clear skin and give you a glowing healthy look
  • A hydrated body digests food better
  • Water helps prevent indigestion by making more digestive fluids
  • Drinking water stops thirst being mistaken for hunger
  • Helps prevent that problematic hangover

Remember to take a refreshing drink from your BWCA water cooler regularly throughout the day.

BWCA taps into cooler industry goodwill for Charity

At its 2016 conference, trade show and annual gala dinner last week the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) both announced its fundraising target in support of the Just a Drop Charity – and exceeded that target.

It is fitting that on World Water Day (22 March) the water cooler industry is able to confirm that it has raised £10,328. It required just under £10,000 to be able to fund a borehole project in Kalungwishi  village in Zambia.

The project will provide clean drinking water for the village whose inhabitants currently have no access to clean safe water, resulting in waterborne disease striking every week. Children and women have to walk for two hours to fetch water which is unclean and unsafe. This will transform the lives of the villagers.

Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, BWCA General Manager, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of my industry colleagues who gave so generously to this cause. Our members donated superb prizes to our charity auction and, thanks to them, our superb chief auctioneer Bruce Orme of Wenlock Spring and the enthusiasm of the bidders, we raised all the money – and more.

“We also raised funds via a jerry can challenge during the trade show which helped demonstrate the physical challenges facing our beneficiaries in carrying large quantities of water over a distance. Other donations came via  on-stand promotions at the trade show to raise money plus one off gifts through our Just Giving site and a substantial cash gift from one member”.

Chairman John Dundon said: “This is the first time our members have come together in a charitable programme of this kind and it just demonstrates what a wonderfully empathetic industry this is. I consider this to be one of the most exciting developments of 2016 for the Association. It was a pleasure to have Brendan Hanlon and Louise Geoghegan from Just a Drop with us for the day and Brendan’s presentation did much to rouse interest in supporting this great cause. This is a superb example of what we, in the UK, can do to help those for whom drinking clean water is a daily challenge”.

Just a Drop provides drinking water and sanitation to communities in developing countries.  Just a Drop’s Head of Fundraising and Communciations, Brendan Hanlon, said: We are so grateful to The British Water Cooler Association for this achievement. This partnership will make a positive and significant difference to the people of Kalungwishi who will now have the opportunity to access clean water. Thank you on behalf of everyone at Just a Drop.”

In the village, Just a Drop will drill a borehole to a maximum depth of 70m and equip it with a hand pump, enabling the community to reach clean and safe water. To ensure that water will be available into the future, community-elected women and men will be trained and equipped to work together to repair and manage the water systems. Just a Drop will also provide hygiene education, to ensure people stay healthy.

 The BWCA intends to continue raising money for Just a Drop towards a further project. To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/BWCAaresupportingJustaDrop

A child from Kalungwishi village in Zambia, who will be one of those to benefit from the BWCA’s generosity. Image courtesy ©Just a Drop

A child from Kalungwishi village in Zambia, who will be one of those to benefit from the BWCA’s generosity. Image courtesy ©Just a Drop

 

New research – water can help weight loss

Drinking more water can help weight loss according to a new scientific study.  Good news for those visiting the BWCA conference and trade show this week.

Research just published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (February 2016)  shows that plain water consumption can control weight and reduce intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat. Drinking between one-three glasses more water a day could lower calorie intake by over 205 calories.

The researchers, led by Professor Ruopeng An from the University of Illinois, surveyed 18,300 adults, asking them to recall foods and drinks consumed over two days that were between 3-10 days apart. Water intake was assessed, including fluid from foods and drinks other than plain water.

On a daily basis, the participants drank an average of just over 4 cups of plain water which accounts for just over 30% of their total fluid consumption. The average daily calorie intake was 2,157 calories.

The study showed that those who increased their consumption of plain water by between one to three cups daily, lowered their total energy intake by between 68-205 calories. Plain water was defined as ‘water from a tap, watercooler, drinking fountain or bottle”.

The research also showed that people who drank more water, consumer 5-19g less sugar and 7-21g less cholesterol.

 

Water – a matter of choice

For most people, simply drinking more water, of whatever kind, is  beneficial as water is tooth-kind and calorie-free. It’s really a matter of choice but we think Water Coolers have a number of benefits:

  • The water tastes good, which encourages us to drink as much as we should.
  • There is research showing that the ‘nudge’ effect provided by a constant reminder to eat or drink healthily can have a positive effect. The cooler is often prominent in the office, reception, meeting rooms and elsewhere and so its visibility is helpful.
  • The water is always chilled to a perfect temperature for enjoyment.

Remember, not all coolers are created equal. Choose a Water Cooler from an accredited member of the British Water Cooler Association so you have the guarantees of safety and good practice as all members have to be rigorously audited.

Sip or glug?

What’s the best way to consume water throughout the day – to sip or glug down a glass a couple times a day?

Whichever you prefer. The rule of thumb is that you should aim for 1.8 – 2 litres of fluid a day for an average person in average temperatures. If your job role is very physical or the weather is particularly hot you may need more. How you consume you water is entirely up to you. Of course, you can drink other fluids too but if you want a drink that is delicious, convenient and calorie free, then water is a good choice.

Remember, not all coolers are created equal. Choose a Water Cooler from an accredited member of the British Water Cooler Association so you have the guarantees of safety and good practice as all members have to be rigorously audited.