Healthy Active Arkansas Awards Lavaca Schools with Water Bottle Filling Stations as part of the Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water grant program
Lavaca, Ark.—Healthy Active Arkansas, in partnership with the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, will award water bottle filling stations to Lavaca Elementary School and Lavaca Middle School as part of the Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water grant program. This program, supported by a grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, is designed to encourage students, teachers and staff to drink water instead of sugary drinks during the school day, which helps support oral health and a healthy weight.
Lavaca’s elementary and middle school were selected out of more than 150 schools through a competitive application process. Each school will receive a water bottle filling station, which will replace an existing water fountain, this spring where it will be installed before the start of the 2018-19 school year. As part of the program, Lavaca Elementary School and Lavaca Middle School have committed to encouraging students and staff to choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Steve Rose, Lavaca School District Superintendent, “the filling stations provide two of our campuses the excellent opportunity to continue to meet the needs of the whole child. Students will now be able to fill up their water bottles in a more efficient manner allowing students to stay properly hydrated throughout the day.”
Drinking plenty of water, especially if fluoridated, plays in an important role in preventing cavities and maintaining oral health. Further, drinking water can help combat obesity, increase energy levels and may increase students’ cognitive functions.
“We are grateful to the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation for allowing us to offer this opportunity to both Lavaca Elementary School and Lavaca Middle School, and we look forward to seeing these schools succeed in their efforts,” Troy Wells, Healthy Active Arkansas Board President and CEO of Baptist Health, said.
“Drinking water instead of sugary beverages is an important step everyone, especially our youth, can take to improve their oral health and maintain a healthy weight, and we hope to offer this program again next year,” Wells added.
Healthy Active Arkansas received more than 150 applications from schools around the state. All schools who applied will receive the Healthy Active Arkansas Rethink Your Drink Educational Toolkit, which provides resources and activities that can help schools, worksites and youth groups reduce the number of sugary beverages they drink.
Healthy Active Arkansas is a 10-year framework to increase the number of Arkansans at a healthy weight. There are nine priority areas, including sugar-sweetened beverage reduction, that include evidence-based strategies that impact the health of the state. To learn more about Healthy Active Arkansas, visit www.healthyactive.org.
About the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is committed to fulfilling Delta Dental’s mission to improve the oral health of Arkansans. Since 2015, the Foundation has contributed an average of $3 million dollars annually to support oral health programs and initiatives. By investing in education, prevention and treatment, we are working to make Arkansas healthier, one smile at a time. For more oral health news and information, visit www.deltadentalar.com.