Published: March 2013

ID #: 63150

Journal: J Nutr Educ Behav

Authors: Middleton AE, Henderson KE, Schwartz MB

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This paper examined the availability and accessibility of water in child-care centers and evaluated whether the centers were in compliance with current federal, state, and accreditation rules regarding water availability and promotion. Researchers found that while water was available in most classrooms (84%), it was only accessible by an adult in over half of those classrooms. Water was not available for general consumption during lunch observations and was only available during one-third of the observed physical activity periods, when children may have the greatest need for water to keep hydrated. Verbal water promotion from teachers and staff during classroom and physical activity observations was low. Researchers found that many centers were not in compliance with state and federal policies and child-care accreditation standards regarding water availability and promotion.

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