By Lauren Kollauf on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

These 5 products will encourage your kids to drink more water

Sugary drinks are the top source of added sugars for all Americans. High intake of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with overweight, obesity and dental cavities in children. 

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5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! recommends that Iowa kids drink 0 sugary drinks, and instead drink more water. Water provides a low-cost, zero-calorie beverage option and is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. It's the only thirst quencher kids need.

Parents and caregivers know the struggle of encouraging kids to choose water over soda, juice and sports drinks. Here are five products that can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for your family:

1. Fun, reuseable straws

Party stores are full of fancy straws, in a variety of shapes, colors and materials. But we recommend this 5-pack of neon Bubba straws. They're dishwasher-safe, made with silicone and are oversized - so your kids get more H20 with each gulp.

2. This unique gadget

Bring the drinking fountain from your kid's school into your home with this gadget from Dreamfarm called Tapi. It fits on your tap and lets water pass through normally until you squeeze the bottom. Then it becomes a drinking fountain!

3. New water bottle 

Take your children shopping for a new water bottle. It can feature their favorite character or choose from these kid-friendly, indestructible Cambelbak water bottles. There's only one rules for their new favorite water bottle: They can only drink water out of it.

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4. Custom ice cubes

Whether your mini-me loves superheroes or unicorns, ice cube molds can make your average glass of water more fun. Make it even more fun by adding fresh fruit or food coloring to the ice cubes. Find even more ways to jazz up water here.

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5. Water made for kids

If your child is thirsty, let them feel empowered to reach into the fridge for a water bottle made just for them. Nestle Pure Life created 8-oz "Share a Smile" water bottles featuring a variety of different colorful, cartoon designs. Find Nestle Pure Life products at Hy-Vee.



5210Healthy Choices Count! is a health-focused movement for kids that’s under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0. This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. And it all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way. Learn more.