We are excited to announce our first grant opportunity for schools!

Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water! is Healthy Active Arkansas’s grant opportunity to encourage students and school staff to drink more water during the day. Through a partnership with Delta Dental Foundation of Arkansas, Healthy Active Arkansas has committed $30,000 to replace existing drinking fountains with water bottle refilling stations at a select number of schools as part of the Rethink Your Drink campaign.

So why is drinking more water important for the health of students and school staff? Sugary drinks are the number one source of excess calories in most Arkansans’ diets, they offer little to no nutritional value, and are a leading cause of tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water can help combat obesity, increase energy levels, and helps maintain oral health–all of which are important to creating a healthy student and school environment.

Any K-12 school is eligible to apply, and the application is available here.  The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on February 28, 2018.

This opportunity supports HAA’s Priority 7: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Reduction goals to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed by children and adults. Check out the Priority 7 page to learn more.