We joined the littlest of the Danville Little Johns at S.C. Tucker Elementary School today (Nov. 9, 2018) to recognize the students as recipients of the 2018 Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water grant program. In its first year, Healthy Active Arkansas– with funding from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation – put 30 water bottle filling stations, also known as hydration stations, in Arkansas schools. In Danville, both S. C. Tucker Elementary and Danville High School received hydration stations. The program is designed to encourage students, teachers and staff to drink water instead of sugary drinks during the school day, which helps support oral health and a healthy weight.

Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, mean bigs and littles alike need to drink more water. The last thing you want to do is get behind in your water consumption. When you’re playing catch-up, your heart is straining.

In addition to celebrating the school’s efforts in creating healthier learning environments, today’s event also provided an opportunity to highlight achievements of Healthy Active Yell, a county coalition modeled after the Healthy Active Arkansas framework. Since its creation in 2017, Healthy Active Yell has started an annual 5K run, a farmers’ market and a community garden.

Few things are as satisfying as an ice-cold glass of water on a hot day. But, it’s a lot more difficult to get the same sensation when the temps outside are freezing and you’re less apt to reach for a cold beverage. Still, staying hydrated during the winter is crucial if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event, and congratulations to all the schools committed to helping their students and teachers lead healthier, more active lives!

 

a photo of students and adults standing at a water bottle filling station
Gregg Grant, Danville Superintendent; Troy Wells, Healthy Active Arkansas Board Chair and President and CEO of Baptist Health; Kara Wilkins, Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation coordinator, and students of S.C. Tucker refill bottles at S.C. Tucker Elementary’s bottle filling station.