WATERLOO — Irving Elementary is one of 54 Iowa schools to receive an Elkay water bottle filling station from Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation.
The “Rethink Your Drink” partnership led by the foundation invested $230,000 in the stations after receiving applications from 175 schools. The effort is intended to highlight the need for proper hydration among young people.
According to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Public Health, more than 50 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are not properly hydrated during the school day, which can impact cognitive function and energy levels.
Irving’s water bottle filling station was recently installed, replacing an existing water fountain. In addition, the school received $500 to design and implement an educational campaign to encourage students to drink more water.
The school will use signs to draw attention to the water bottle filling station and “Rethink Your Drink” water bottles, toothbrushes, posters and bookmarks will be shared with students to support its educational activities.
Others included in the partnership are the Iowa Department of Public Health bureau of nutrition and health promotion, Iowa Public Health Association, Iowa Department of Education and Balfrey & Johnston Inc.
Other interested schools can apply for a water bottle filling station through Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation’s “Rethink Your Drink” project in early May 2018, to coincide with National Drinking Water Week.