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Why water remains the healthiest drink on the shelf for schoolchildren

4th Jul 2024 - 04:00
Matthew Orme, director at Wenlock Spring, believes water should always be the go-to drink for every child and should be a prominent part of the packaged beverages on offer.

Recent data revealed 31-41% of five-year-old children across the UK have evidence of tooth decay, while more than one in five children in the UK are also overweight or obese when they begin school, according to the Natural Source Waters Association (NSWA). 

Health studies have found properly hydrated children have faster reaction times and are better able to multitask, and that a slight dip in hydration can hinder memory, shrink attention spans and limit cognitive capabilities.

Orne commented: “It’s no secret that tempting and tasty beverages are everywhere, but water remains essential for life and should be the default drink for every child. Staying hydrated helps kids stay alert and focused, can keep their bodies at a safe and healthy temperature, and may improve cognitive functioning.

“One of the easiest ways of ensuring kids drink more water is to make it more accessible throughout the day. Over the last few years, a lot of effort has been made in helping to bring about a food revolution in schools, and making sure children have access to healthier food.

“The same consideration and attention to detail needs to be made when it comes to what they are drinking, and water remains the healthiest option. Water should be accessible at all times and bottled water is the most convenient way to ensure this. Whatever range of drinks wholesalers are offering to schools, pubs, hotels or cafes, spring water should be a part of any packaged beverage portfolio, and I would love to see more shelf space given to it.”

Wenlock Spring will be exhibiting at an annual event hosted by LACA at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from July 3-4th 2024.

Written by
Edward Waddell