DRINKING WATER THE FUN AND HEALTHY WAY
[I’m partnering with Nestlé Pure Life® for the http://www.shareyoursmilecontest.com]
Claudia M. González MS. RDN. LDN
“My kids don’t drink enough water,” is one of the most common phrases that I hear parents in regards to their children’s nutrition and hydration. As a mom and a registered dietitian, it’s definitely something I recommend to pay attention to.
Water is the most essential nutrient for life, and children are choosing sodas, fruit drinks, sport drinks and other sugary drinks over water.
From my perspective, water is the best beverage that a child can drink because of the many health benefits associated with it. The newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends that the main drink we consume should be either calorie-free – especially water – or that it contributes beneficial nutrients such as fat-free and low-fat milk and 100% fruit juice.
In a survey conducted by NESTLÉ PURE LIFE®, www.nestle-purelife.com, moms and their kids revealed surprising details regarding their hydration habits. Drinking water was the biggest “healthy habit” struggle moms have with their children and it surpassed eating fruits, doing exercise or drinking milk as part of their breakfast.
Drinking water is now fun with NESTLÉ PURE LIFE ®
Children and teenagers tend to drink more water if it’s available. In my house, I always keep bottles of water and having them in plain sight helps us remember the importance of being hydrated. And not to mention that replacing a 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day can cut hundreds of calories from one’s diet. The DGA identifies sugar sweetened beverages as the leading source of added sugars.
Drinking water doesn’t have to be boring and NESTLÉ PURE LIFE®, @nestlepurelifeusa, wants water to be an exciting part of your family’s healthy beverage routines.
NESTLÉ PURE LIFE® is devoted to helping families drink more water while having fun. That’s why they have created a collection of 8 ounce bottles with kids and moms in mind.
Through the interactive contest and kid friendly 8oz bottle designs which include the limited edition “Share-A-Smile” and the Halloween-themed “Share A Scare”, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE® is encouraging kids and families to reach for water first. The fun 8oz fun designs are also the perfect addition to a classroom party or a neighborhood get-together. Facebook.com/nestlepurelife
Enter the contest!
NESTLÉ PURE LIFE® is inviting parents to have their children Draw What Makes Them Smile and submit their child’s drawings in the contest for a chance to have their child’s design included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection, www.shareyoursmilecontest.com.
Parents of Kids ages 6-12 are invited to enter the contest- entries will be divided into two age groups, 6-8 and 9-12. To enter, parents are asked to visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com where they can download the “Share Your Smile” design template and find the Official Rules for the contest and instructions for the design. Completed entries can be mailed in or uploaded via the website for a chance to win. The Nestlé Pure Life brand will choose 1 Grand Prize winner and 25 Runner-Ups from each age group. The two Grand Prize winners will each receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip for four to Universal Orlando® Resort. The contest will run to June 6, 2016.
Encourage your child to enter the contest and to show his or her artistic abilities while they learn the importance of drinking water.
For more information on the contest and to enter, please visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com
Abbreviated Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY MAY ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. Parents may submit a label design created by their child between the ages of 6–12 into the Nestlé® Pure Life® “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest (“Contest”). Parents or legal guardians must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents residing in the 50 United States or D.C. Contest void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. Entry deadline 6/6/16. For full Official Rules, submission guidelines and prize details/ARVs, visit http://www.shareyoursmilecontest.com. Sponsor: Nestlé Waters North America Inc., Stamford, CT.