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Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water To Hydrate

DCoDPH announces new bus campaign to promote drinking more water to improve health and well-being

Post Date:05/08/2018 4:42 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – As the weather continues to get warmer, the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) wants to remind residents to choose water instead of sugary beverages to remain hydrated.  In a partnership with Go Durham? And the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP), local buses will display ads to encourage residents to consume more water on a regular basis.  Other bus ads will encourage SNAP participants to patronize the Durham farmers’ markets to double their spending limit.  Any participants who spend up to $10.00 at the markets will receive up to $10.00 in free fruits and vegetables.

“There is no better way to stay hydrated and refreshed during the hot summer months than with water.  Choosing water instead of sugary drinks not only decreases your risk of getting diabetes and helps with weight management, but water also increases your energy so that you accomplish more throughout your day,” said Cara Jenkins, nutritionist, DCoDPH.  “We hope that these bus ads will serve as a reminder to those who need to increase their water intake as well as use their SNAP benefits at our local farmers markets.”

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends reducing the amount of added sugars in the typical American diet by replacing sugary beverages with healthier options, such as water.

Ways to increase your water intake:

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
  • Add a fruit or vegetable to your water for a tasty combination (i.e. strawberries, ginger, cucumbers, lemon)
  • Use an app to track your intake.  Daily Water Free, Waterlogged, and Carbodroid are free apps that set daily reminders and alarms.
  • When dining out, compare the costs of water and other beverages.

For more tips, visit https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html.  For more information about our Nutrition services, call 919.560.7837 or email nutrition@dconc.gov.

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