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Did you know that only 15 percent of school-age children drink the recommended amount of water each day? Shocking, right?!? What is more shocking is that on average they consume six sodas per week.

I know I’m in the minority, but my kids (ages 3, 5, 7) have never had soda. I have made an conscious effort to not even let them taste it. I’ve had that control up until now but because they don’t live in a bubble and they do attend school with other kids, I’m sure soda will start to be an option for them. I know I won’t be able to keep soda from them forever but I do want to encourage drinking water as much as possible.

I know we are all busy as parents but we need to consciously cut down our kids’ sugary beverage intake as it is the largest source of added sugar in U.S. children’s diets.  I’m sure many kids love to power down soda but I’m confident that if we made an effort, they could learn to love water. There are so many health benefits of drinking more water for kids such as keeping them hydrated, regulating body temperature, helping with metabolism, energizing muscles and much more.

Remember this: a 20-ounce sugary beverage has about 250 calories. Water had ZERO calories!

So, how do we get our kids to drink more water? We make it fun and incorporate it into our family’s day. Here are some tips from Brita to do just that:

  • Keep It Handy: Have your kids carry a water bottle. And keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator so it’s cold, refreshing and easy to reach.
  • Don’t Run Out: If your child is playing, running, jumping and sweating, he or she needs even more water and other fluids.
  • Fill ‘Er Up: Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help your kids feel full and resist the urge to eat more than they need.
  • Eat Your Water: Remember the rule about eating more fruits and vegetables? Well, it’s partly because they’re actually good at replacing fluids. Fruits like grapes, watermelon, oranges or cantaloupe are full of water. So are veggies like lettuce, cucumbers and celery. Just be sure to keep the liquids flowing, too.
  • Lead by Example: Encourage parents and school staff to carry water bottles and track their own water consumption. Make it a competition for added excitement.

Getting our kids to drink water in our kitchens is easy but what about on-the-go? Sure, we could just buy cases and cases of disposable water bottles but that sure sounds wasteful because while many people intend to recycle those bottles, 69% end up in the trash and not in a recycling container. That is bad for Mother Earth.

Our best bet is a reusable bottle that we can clean and refill over and over. Many people might be worried with a reusable bottle that their tap water or the water out of the drinking fountain might not be up to par.

That is why Brita just introduced their Bottle for Kids. The Brita Bottle for Kids is a 13 oz. squeezable and reusable bottle with a built-in filter that provides an affordable, fun and convenient solution for kids to drink great-tasting water on the go. I know what you are thinking…”Oh great, I have to replace a bottle filter so that must be expensive!”

Nope! It will actually save you money! Look at it this way: one Brita Bottle for Kids filter lasts two months or 40 gallons of water and can replace 300 plastic (disposable) bottles, saving you over $25 a month. Not only can your child get great-tasting water without all the waste of disposable bottles but you’ll save money too! Win-win for everyone (including Mother Earth!).

The Brita Bottles for kids are available in three bright colors and in a kid-friendly 13 oz size that fits perfectly in their hands, plus they are BPA free and dishwasher safe. These bottles are available at retailers nationwide (so no need to order online!) and retail for $8.99 for one Brita Bottle for Kids (with one filter) and $7.99 for a pack of two replacement filters.

Brita isn’t just making bottles to encourage kids to drink more water with less waste, they are making a difference. Brita is working together with the non-profit Alliance for a Healthier Generation to engage students, educators and families about the health benefits of drinking more water and provide tips for staying hydrated every day. As part of their partnership with the Alliance, Brita is donating more than 4,000 Brita Bottles for Kids to schools across the country to encourage healthy habits in their students.

To find out what else Brita has been up to and keep up-to-date on their company, be sure to become part of their social networks.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BritaFilterForGood

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You know we couldn’t just tell you about something awesome and not do a giveaway, right?!? We are giving you the opportunity to win a Brita Water Bottle for Kids.

What’s up for grabs: FIVE (5) Brita Water Bottles for kids – (that means FIVE winners each getting one (1) of these cool water bottles!)

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Comments

  1. Jessica Barnhart says:

    I try to teach my kids to be healthy and stay active because we have a long family history of obesity, high BP, heart disease and diabetes. I want to break that trend for my children’s sake, I don’t want them, or me to follow the family legacy with a 60 year life span

  2. Jessica Barnhart says:

    We all carry around fun, decorative bottles filled with water, and I buy ice cube trays in fun shapes to encourage them to drink water. We also cook together, so many kids don’t see food in it’s raw form, I think it helps them to make healthier choices if they can learn what to do with a raw fruit or veggie

  3. Jennifer Williams says:

    I alway keep fresh fruit handy.

  4. Amanda says:

    My daughter is still pretty young so we’ve just been feeding her healthy snacks.

  5. I have two water bottles for each of my boys (three are in the process of dying on us) I keep one filled in the fridge each night. we pull them out the moment we start to pack up for our day or right after breakfast if we are staying home. I keep them refilled as often as needed. I have found they say “I am starving!” a lot less when they have enough water!

  6. Ty's Mom says:

    My nieces, 6 & 8, have never had any soda either, and I will do the same with my son.

  7. Msilba says:

    i’ve been looking for something just like this!!

  8. Ashley F. says:

    Luckily, my 2 year old loves drinking water and prefers water over juice or milk. I have seen the adult version of this water bottle and am very happy to see in a kid-friendly size. I will be looking for this product in my local stores as its a convenient way of drinking clean water!

  9. Megan L. says:

    I stock the snack cabinet with pre-portioned healthy snacks in small containers and let him choose what he would like to enjoy.

  10. Christine S says:

    My husband and I only drink water in the house to encourage the kids to do the same. We only allow other drinks once a day so most of the time the kids push it off and end up drinking only water. Small accomplishments in he constant battle of making sure they are eating/drinking healthy :)

  11. Angie says:

    we try to only have healthy options available at home. We avoid sugary snacks and drinks. This would be amazing for a school age child!

  12. Suzanne L says:

    Easy access to healthy snacks is key.

  13. Theresa J says:

    I lead by example. I carry my own water bottle around and usually my son is drinking it

  14. Brandy says:

    Always packing plenty of snack options so we don’t cave and buy other items.

  15. Megan says:

    I pack pretty much everything we need for a day from home so we aren’t stuck with unhealthy options while on the go

  16. Kimberly Bauer says:

    We always have fruit and bottled water on hand.

  17. Lindsay Sorensen says:

    I bought milk straws and my kids LOVE drinking milk when they get a “Flavored milk straw” with it

  18. Serena S says:

    I offer my daughter the veggies first before I show her other foods. Because if she sees anything else, she will refuse to eat the veggies.

  19. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I try to set a good example by making good choices myself, most likely if I eat it they will too. Also, by switching it up – broccoli and carrots one day, salad the next! So it’s fun and almost like a treat for them!

  20. Amanda W says:

    I guess I’m in the minority with, soda & juice too, my kids get water, water, water and milk or coconut water….fresh fruits and their “treat” is a fruit/veggie pouch.
    It not always easy, but I consciously avoid the crap drinks too!

  21. Kathryn says:

    My kids love water when playing outside, these bottles sound great compared to disposables :)

  22. Bernadette N says:

    I try and teach my kids to limit the amount of sweets they eat and to drink a lot of water.

  23. Miranda Welle says:

    I am also a “water only” mama! LOL. Although, there have been a couple (I could definitely count on one hand) times where only soda was available so my husband let them have Sierra Mist….. But on the whole, their beverage choices are milk or water. I encourage this by them seeing me drink only those 2 beverages as well! We also got them each a water bottle but they are starting to wear out! :)

  24. Susan M. says:

    Per our dentist’s advice, we let the kids drink milk or juice at meals, but the rest of the time, it’s water. He explained that constant exposure of kids’ teeth to sugar is a big problem. :)

  25. Eva Biggs says:

    My son loves milk, water, and fruit. Playing outdoor and being active. We limit junk food.

  26. Kinuko Kanda says:

    My mom always kept tea (green tea, barley tea etc) in the fridge and had healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts, yogurt and rice cracker around so my brothers and I got into a habit of eating them. We also ate Frits after meal as dessert. :)

  27. Heidi Daily says:

    I make healthy choices readily available, and my daughter will choose carrots or bell peppers over cookies anytime

  28. Victoria says:

    I love that these bottles are now kid friendly.

  29. Yodean Armour says:

    Our baby is 1 & prefers water over juice. As he gets older he will not be able to drink pop.

  30. ashley c says:

    i try to have a variety of healthy snacks for any kin of craving that might strike my kid!

  31. Why does rafflecopter say it’s no longer accepting entries? I just got the email about the contest this minute! And it’s not 11:59pm yet! :-(

  32. Diane Mason says:

    I love Brita products. And these are CUTE!!!!!!! If I win, folks may be seeing an adult woman using it!!!!!!!

  33. Stuart Stein says:

    Same as Chava Here? :(

  34. Rafflecopter says it is no longer accepting entries.

    Anyhow, my kids actually prefer water over anything else offered. I do occasionally let them drink soda but honestly my oldest son (8) will tell you that water is better and will sometimes turn down everything else.

  35. I’m sorry, ladies, the Rafflecopter widget is fixed now. You should be able to enter with no problem up until midnight tonight. :)

  36. Looks pretty neat to me!

  37. Menucha S says:

    I give them healthy treats like dried fruit instead of candy :)

  38. Dawn L. says:

    I agree – if you don’t have unhealthy choices available to the kids then the kids automatically go for the healthier options that are available. :-)

  39. Andrea Henry says:

    These look great!! My little guy is a water guzzler too!

  40. Heather says:

    I try and lead by example…I always have water with me when we are out and about. I offer water first before any other drink. Sometimes my 2 year old now asks for water :)

  41. We don’t GIVE them choices. Well, I mean, they have some choices. But, for instance, they just aren’t allowed to drink soda (usually). You can drink water or you can go thirsty. (This did not work when they were toddlers. They would literally just not drink anything at all. Every one of my kids has hated water.) They still don’t drink *enough* water, though.

  42. Lisa s says:

    I freeze ice pops with real juice

  43. Samantha Hicks says:

    My husband and I have started to make the transition to drinking water instead of anything else especially when eating out with our son. C (18 months old) has only ever had milk or water to drink up to this point. :)

  44. amy pugmire says:

    I buy mostly healthy foods and explain the difference to them. They love fruits and veggies, they know when they are out soda pop is not an option and we don’t have it in the house either. If you start from the beginning its a lot easier.

  45. My daughter loves to drink water, especially with ice. She would love this bottle.

  46. clarissa says:

    i make healthy choices myself so they are more inclined to also

  47. we offer water all day they only get a small amount of juice

  48. I admit we don’t drink enough water in our house! :(

  49. Kamila says:

    Lucky that both of my girls drink ONLY water:-) They also eat healthy.Favorite dish? Salmon;whole grain pasts and broccli:-)

  50. Jennifer says:

    I think the easiest way to help my kiddos make healthier choices on the go, is to make them for them… ahead of time… pack healthier snacks, and drink options… and plan more engaging activities!

  51. Jennifer says:

    I think the easiest way to help my kiddos make healthier choices on the go, is to make them for them… ahead of time… pack healthier snacks, and drink options… and plan more engaging activities!

  52. Laura Miller says:

    I encourage them to make healthy decisions by making it fun! We also talk honestly about the effects not making healthy choices. My kids loved growing their own veggies this summer, I involve them in cooking, etc.

  53. Adrienne G. says:

    I’m in total control of what goes in my daughter’s mouth so it’s easy for me to keep foods on the healthy side.

  54. Gloria H says:

    I’m always trying to find new fun cups for my 2 1/2 year old to drink out of she would love this one!

  55. Kathy Jones says:

    It’s hard with all the T V commercials they aim at the kids. You have to start at a very early age to teach them whats best for them.

  56. Amanda says:

    Great for kids sports activity

  57. Amanda says:

    I have my children substitute 2 juices a day fo water

  58. Kelly Simmons Sherman says:

    Give them healthy options and choices wherever they are or wherever they go.

  59. Angela D says:

    I encourage my little guy to make healthy choices by only providing healthy options (whole grain, different fruits and veggies, organic) at home. He’s only 17 months, so outside influences are not a problem yet.

  60. sandra says:

    i try to remind them they need 5-10 serving of fruits and vegetables per day

  61. I encourage healthy choices by make food fun! Shapes and scenes made out of food!

  62. My son just asked for this!! Though it would be a good stocking stuffer he LOVES water!

  63. Sherry Miller says:

    We are all about healthy in our family! My son is almost 2 and is actually used to having a couple of veggies and fruits as sides with every meal! This bottle would be awesome for him to have water in we pack up in the jogging stroller and head out for our brisk jogs that he loves!

  64. Give them health snacks while watching a movie

  65. For healthier choices I have a fruit bowl for my kids to grab as snacks and a drawer in the frudge with healthy options like cheese sticks and yogurt.

  66. I have taught them from a young age to eat healthy foods and I remind them occassionally, now that they are older. Thank You!

  67. Autumn says:

    I only give my son water. No choice for him.

  68. Brooke B. says:

    I only drink water from a Brita pitcher every day so he’s already seeing a good example from mommy. What a great way for him to have his own!

  69. chris conanan says:

    I offer them rewards if they make the healthy choices.

  70. Michelle H. says:

    This would be great for my son. I keep water in the car and the diaper bag for him. We always encourage him to drink water.

  71. laura d says:

    healthy snacks and water on the go! My kids dont have soda either!!!

  72. Michelle H says:

    To encourage my daughter to be healthy, I try to lead by example. Also, being prepared with healthy snacks and water on the go helps!

  73. Deborah B says:

    I offer them sippy cups of water throughout the day since my 3 kids (4 and under) don’t always think of drinking themselves. We use tap water, but these Brita cups would be wonderful! :) We also don’t keep soda in the house except for during sickness (Sprite, ginger ale) and that is a rare treat. We eat the “French way” at home (my dad is a French chef…) and rarely eat out. Balance in everything is healthiest, and taking time to enjoy food and each person around the table, at least for 2 meals a day. We love this unique time together! :)

  74. I’m with you regarding soda; my kids never tasted it and I can only control it for so long. I think these cups are cute and will encourage my kids to drink more water.

  75. Kellie O says:

    We encourage them to drink water and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

  76. Jami Piper says:

    What a great idea! I love when a company not only advertises and says they want to make a difference, but they actually do! Way to go Brita!

  77. Colleen Gomes says:

    Exercise good judgement at the grocery store. Talk to your children about healthy vs junk food. It will help them to learn to make good choices when you’re not there to monitor them.

  78. It took til kid 4, but he asks for water over any other drink. This would be great for him.

  79. Jami Piper says:

    The best thing I can do is lead by example. Ihave also vowed to never just say, because I said so! I want my kids to know WHY they should chose water over soda or fruit over candy. Then they are given the tools to make good choices themselves instead of just obeying!

  80. Falon Smaltz says:

    We use a brita fridge cube everyday! Love water!!

  81. Laurie says:

    We drink almost nothing but water in our house. These would be great

  82. Cassie Baker says:

    I make sure we have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies in our home at all times. I also do not buy soda and sugary drinks to consume.

  83. Love this! I’m always trying to get the kids to drink more water!

  84. I always encourage trying new fruits and veggies. When grocery shopping, my son gets to pick out one new fruit or veggie (and I support whatever he chooses, never say anything about price). Encourages healthy eating and trying new things!

  85. Jessica says:

    I lead by example.

  86. susan says:

    We always have healthy snacks on hand and carry water everywhere so we are not tempted to buy something we shouldn’t.

  87. nikki m says:

    We try to lead by example. We do not drink any soda ourselves. The children drink mostly milk and water with the occasional seltzer or carbonated water.

  88. drink a lot of water

  89. rachael says:

    i always make sure to have my son’s waterbottle full of water when we’re out and about – no juices or sodas – just water

  90. Jeanine says:

    I always add a salad to our dinner menu and have different healthy toppings my grandson can add to it.

  91. Audra says:

    We try our best to eat/drink what we want our kids to eat/drink. Our 3 year old always ask for “fresh cool water” after playing outside!

  92. Jamie Martin says:

    I’m hoping to teach our children early, so they can make tons of healthy choices without me prompting them.

  93. Christina C says:

    I lead by example so to help my kids make healthy choices.

  94. Denise Osborn says:

    This would really help keep my kids hydrated which is so important. I also make sure my red heads ALWAYS wear sunscreen

  95. Anne N. says:

    I have lots of fruit and veggies available.

  96. Andrea Gardner says:

    You can’t just tell them what to do…you, the parents, have to be an example of making healthy choices for your kids.

  97. Angie B says:

    I would love to own a few of these for my Son, Ezekiel. He loves drinking water and the Brita Water Bottle will make him like it even more :)

  98. Kimberly B. says:

    I try to have healthy choices available at home and on the go. they are much more likely to grab something healthy if it is already easy to access and prepared.

  99. Linda A says:

    i try to only buy healthy snacks so that they can’t choose bad ones

  100. Allison W. says:

    This would be great for my Grandson Gavin! Thanks for the opportunity!

  101. Rachel H. says:

    We bring healthy snacks with us (GoGo SqueeZ, pretzels, non-sugary foods).

  102. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    We rarely buy any junkfood, and always carry healthy snacks with us so we have options while out.

  103. Danielle Ring says:

    My kids are only allowed to have water in between meals and fresh fruit, cheese, and whole grains for snacks…..We may be busy but we try!

  104. Jeanie Payne says:

    One of these would be perfect for my son to take to school.

  105. Allison Boyd says:

    My baby is only 7 months old, but we lead by example. She eats almost everything we eat, and it is always organic/healthy!

  106. Stacy Stull says:

    Love the waterbottle. Great idea for the kids!!!

  107. Amanda Alvarado says:

    We only use water in our water bottles so if dd wants to use a cool bottle on the go (or at home), she can only have water. Tankfully that is what she asks for most of the time!

  108. I put healthy snacks like yogurt and cheese sticks where he can see and reach them. 2 cups of water are always available too, he jsut picks them up and drinks them when he sees them!

  109. Elizabeth K says:

    We don’t keep soda or juice in the house. It’s water for us! We do let them have juice at Grandmas or in restaruants as a treat, but we don’t have it accessible at home.

  110. amy warren says:

    great for road trips!

  111. Heather Palmer says:

    I have just tried to teach them about making healthy choices. I know that doesn’t always mean they are going to eat fruit and veggies, so I try to encourage them to eat “treats” in moderation.

  112. Tanya says:

    I know that it is hard to keep hydrated n even harder to make sure my daughter is, now I wouldn’t have to worry about the water in a drinking fountain especially living down here in the south. Just fill up the water bottle.

  113. Kelly Kennedy says:

    My daughter lives fruit of any kind, so we keep fresh fruit in the house. She also only gets water after a specific time.

  114. We keep healthy snacks on the counter or within easy reach in the fridge. Tonight’s dessert was a honey crisp apple.

  115. Maribel says:

    We always eat healthy and organic as possible we never eat junk food I make fruits and vegetables in different shapes to make food fun to eat.

  116. Barbara Wikman says:

    we try to keep healthy snacks in the house and try to lead by example:)

  117. Karen Rennirt says:

    I always keep alot of fresh fruits & vegetables around where they can get to them quick & easy and put the ones that aren’t as healthy out of sight for a treat.

  118. We encourage our kids to drink water and eat healthy snacks between meals, if they get hungry. Fruits, vegetables, pretzels, and cheese are examples of their snacks. Thank you for the great giveaway.
    Ross Olson

  119. Rebecca says:

    Yay for water.

  120. CarolRae says:

    Brilliant idea, especially since most young children do not drink a lot of water!

  121. Fred H. says:

    We try to keep soda and even most juices from our son but it can be challenging when we are around large gatherings. My son is very good at drinking water and my wife and I try to encourage by also using reusable water bottles.

  122. Debbie Terry says:

    My granddaughter is three and has never had a carbonated drink. She doesn’t drink juice either. She loves water and drinks a lot of it. She also loves lettuce and vegetable.

  123. Nicole H says:

    I love this filtered water bottle idea. Fun designs too!

  124. There is definitely much to learn about this.
    I believe you made several good points in Features also.

    Cheers!

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