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

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.

GPs reveal – UK “tired all the time”

The Natural Hydration Council has recently published the results of a GP survey which revealed one fifth of GP visits are down to tiredness and fatigue. With dehydration thought to be the cause of one in ten consultations for tiredness and fatigue.

Visit the link below for the full story from the Natural Hydration Council.

http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/press/gps-reveal-uk-tired-all-the-time/

This story has also been covered on TV and in national and regional press.

 

 

Employers should help staff make a healthy hydration choice

The guidance from Professor Susan Jebb, the Government’s chief advisor on obesity, that  families should only serve water with meals and ban fizzy drinks and juices from the dining table in order to reduce sugar consumption, is something employers could well heed too.

Of course, what employees choose to consume at their desks or during breaks is entirely their decision; but responsible employers will make it easy for staff to choose healthy hydration. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the odd coffee, juice or soft drink, most health professionals would echo Prof Jebb’s view that calorie-free water is the best choice throughout the day as well as at mealtimes.

Given that a café latte (grande) from one of the high street coffee chains is 190 calories (60 of which are fat), all it takes is a few of those seemingly innocent beverages to account for a good proportion of your overall desirable calorie intake.

“Drink water, that’s the very simple advice to parents,” said Prof Jebb, professor of diet and population health at Oxford University. Prof Jebb said sugary drinks had a particularly significant impact on obesity because children and adults tended to consume them in addition to their calorie intake from food, not in place of solid foods. “The biggest source of sugar across all age groups is sugar-sweetened beverages and those are an obvious target for action,” she added. Her remarks were backed by Professor Tom Sanders, the head of the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London.

Advice given to parents works as good practice guidance for employers too. Install water coolers in the workplace to ensure a ready supply of cool, delicious water. You may well see your employees’ health, attention span and productivity improve.

Also if you are using water coolers, it is best to ensure that they are provided by those trained in best practice for hygiene and safety.  Make sure you use a BWCA accredited company to supply your water coolers, whether these are bottled water coolers or mains-fed dispensers.  BWCA members are rigorously audited and their staff are regularly trained so that by using a BWCA member company, you have a guarantee that the company you are using is one of the best in the business.

To find a BWCA member visit http://www.bwca.org.uk/find-a-member.php