WATER UP! MATERIALS
Donde Esta El Agua: Beverage Consumption in Langley Park, MD. Interns created this video in summer 2015 as they investigated the problem of water access in Langley Park, MD as part of the Water Up! project.
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You can right click the images to download individual posters or download all of the posters in . Acrobat pdf format.
DOWNLOAD WATER UP! BROCHURES
Water Up! brochures provide important information about the project and how to make drinking water part of your routine. You can click on the links below to download brochures, available in both English and Spanish. Print and bring them to events to share with the community!
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WATER FOR HEALTH
Drinking Water is part of a Healthy Lifestyle!
Water is essential for good health. Here are just a few reasons why it is important to drink water every day:
- Over 60 percent of your body weight is made up of water. Your body needs water to function at its highest level and avoid dehydration. Every system in your body depends on it. From carrying nutrients to your cells to flushing toxins from your body, water helps the entire body function smoothly. Run low on fluids and you’ll feel the consequences: fatigue, dry skin, digestive problems and high blood pressure.
- Water gives you energy. Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Sipping on water helps energize muscles. This is especially important when you are exercising, being active or playing sports to ensure you can perform your best. Run faster and be stronger by drinking water!
- Water improves students’ school performance. It helps you have a clear mind, more focus, and better memory.
- Water boosts your mood. Mild dehydration is enough to impair thinking and make you feel cranky. Rehydrating throughout the day will keep your mind clear and motivated!
- Drinking water is the key to beauty. Drinking enough water will make your skin glow and your hair radiant!
- Drinking water can help with weight management. Substituting water instead of sugary drinks reduces your caloric intake and risk of obesity and diabetes.
Choose Water Instead of Sugary Drinks
One way to increase your water intake is by choosing water instead of unhealthy beverages like sugary drinks.
What is a sugar beverage drink? A sugary drink is a drink with sugar added. Sugar has many names. To find out if a drink contains sugar, look for any of these words on the list of ingredients: sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, honey, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose, syrup or cane sugar.
How much sugar is in a sugary drink? Sodas, sweetened teas, sports and energy drinks, sweetened waters and juices, and blended coffee drinks contain a lot of sugar. You can get 16 teaspoons of sugar in a single 20-ounce serving.
Is there a recommended daily intake of added sugar? You don’t need added sugars in your diet at all. The 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines recommend that you should not eat or drink more than 10% of your calories from added sugars. One 20-ounce soda has nearly twice that many calories.
Rethink your Drink
What you drink makes a difference, especially for weight management and reducing your risk of diabetes and obesity. Unsure how many calories a drink has? CDC has a great resource for learning about the calories in certain drinks, and choosing alternative beverages: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html
One thing is sure: Water has ZERO CALORIES and is always a good choice.
Want more information about your beverage choice? Check out the Better Beverage Finder: http://www.betterbeveragefinder.org/
TAP WATER SAFETY
Tap Water is Safe to Drink
Water is essential for life and staying hydrated keeps your mind and body healthy. Free, clean, safe and drinkable water is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.
The Water Up! Project is working to encourage Langley Park, MD residents to drink more water for good health, but we also believe that testing the safety of drinking water is important. In Langley Park, the water that you get from your tap comes from one of two major water sources, the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. It is sent to a water treatment plant run by the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC), and is tested, filtered and purified and then pumped out to the rest of the community.
Water Up! Is working with WSSC, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and other partners to test the water and ensure its safety. In addition, Water Up! is installing new water fountains at Langley Park schools that serve chilled and filtered water. Students will be able to drink water from the new water fountains at school for safe and clean water throughout the school day!
Water Safety: What You Can Do
Are you concerned about the drinking water quality at your home? Does the water have a weird taste, color or odor? Did you know: You can request FREE water quality tests at your home, business, and school. You must specify what tests you want done. Common tests include pH, total dissolved solids, lead, and bacteria. To request a water quality test, contact the Consolidated Laboratory Facility at 301-206-7575 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or visit: https://www.wsscwater.com/customer-service/water-testing.html.
The Benefits of Drinking Tap Water
Once confirmed of its safety, drink tap water to be healthy and stay hydrated. It’s much cheaper than buying bottled water and easily accessible anywhere you go. Try carrying a reusable water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands. Fill up wherever you go!
Tap water is more highly regulated than its bottled counterpart. Below is some great information from our partner TapIt! about why you should pledge to ban the bottle, and choose tap!
References: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-1/a-closer-look-inside-healthy-eating-patterns/#added-sugars
NYC Health: Sugar-sweetened beverages http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/sugary-drinks.page
CDC: Water & Nutrition http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/
CDC: Water Access in Schools http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/npao/wateraccess.htm
CDC: Rethink Your Drink http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html
Gorelick, M. H., Gould, L., Nimmer, M., Wagner, D., Heath, M., Bashir, H., & Brousseau, D. C. (2011). Perceptions about water and increased use of bottled water in minority children. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 165(10), 928-932.