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Water in Schools

A webinar about translating good policy into great practice

Child Care & Schools
Food & Beverages

Promoting tap water as an alternative to sugary beverages in schools is an important obesity prevention strategy. But many schools are struggling to make free drinking water more accessible. 

Federal law requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to provide access to free drinking water during lunch time where meals are served to students. California has a similar but more expansive provision. 

In this webinar, we discussed the implications of a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research study that examined drinking water access, water-related policies and practices and barriers to improving water access in California public schools. We also reviewed strategies for schools implementing the "water in schools" requirements, and share real-world examples of innovative and cost-effective practices collected from schools. 


  • Karla Hampton, Consultant, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Dr. Anisha I. Patel, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Scott Soiseth, Nutrition Director, Turlock Unified School District
  • Ellen Braff-Guajardo, Senior Nutrition Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
ContactKarla Hampton, Consultant, ChangeLab Solutions, keh0225 [at] gmail [dot] com  Unfortunately, the webinar recording is not available due to technical difficulties. Below are the presentation slides and a resources sheet.