Water Access in Schools

Water Access in Schools

Model Wellness Policy Language

With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, federal law now requires schools to make fresh drinking water available during mealtimes in school food service areas at no cost to students.

By providing drinking water as an alternative to soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, schools can support children’s ability to learn and their health overall, and play an important role in the fight against childhood obesity. But schools face a variety of challenges to making drinking water readily available, including deteriorating school infrastructure, fears about water quality, and the prevalence of sugar-sweetened beverages.

To help schools and other community advocates overcome these barriers, NPLAN has developed a “policy package” (download below) featuring a set of model goals and actions for schools to incorporate into their wellness policies. The package also highlights examples of how schools across the country have partnered with other agencies and private companies to fund drinking water programs.

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