Primary Schools

Tap Into Water for schools is a Nelson Marlborough Health initiative based on the simple, yet powerful fact that water is the best drink available. It’s the best choice of drink and helps develop healthy kids. It's good for the mind and body as well.

Nelson Marlborough Health is encouraging the local education sector locally to promote water as the first choice of drink for kids, and to adopt water only guidelines.

Why are we doing this?

Did you know that one in three kiwi kids today are overweight or obese? Childhood obesity is linked to a range of health issues including type 2 diabetes. Tooth decay is a major health issue and every year Nelson Marlborough Health has to remove teeth from 250 kids under general anaesthesia.

Sugar is a leading contributor to these health issues and ‘junk drinks’ like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juice (which naturally contains high sugar) are a major source of sugar in the diet. While diet drinks may be free of calories, they are not free of consequences and contribute to tooth decay.

Tapping into water is about drinking health for positive health outcomes. Water is the best choice and helps develop kids with healthy minds and bodies.

Tap into water top 5 tips for schools:

  • Make your classroom water only
  • Let kids have drink bottles at their desks
  • Have water only school discos
  • If school bought lunches have a drink option make sure its water
  • For galas or special occasions make water fun by adding mint, water melon or blueberries.

Early Childhood Education

Tap into Water for early childhood centres is a Nelson Marlborough Health initiative based on the simple, yet powerful fact that water is the best choice of drink available. It’s the best choice of drink and helps develop healthy kids. It’s good for the mind and body as well.

Nelson Marlborough Health is encouraging the local education sector to promote water as the first choice of drink for kids, and to adopt water only guidelines.

Why are we doing this?

Did you know that one in three kiwi kids today are overweight or obese? Obesity is linked to a range of health issues including type 2 diabetes. Tooth decay is a major health issue and every year Nelson Marlborough Health has to remove teeth from 250 kids under general anaesthesia.

Sugar is a leading contributor to these health issues and ‘junk drinks’ like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juice (which naturally contains high sugar) are the swiftest delivery system for positive health outcomes of sugar in the diet. While diet drinks may be free of calories, they are not free of consequences and contribute to tooth decay.

Tapping into water is about drinking health for positive health outcomes. Water is the best choice and helps develop kids with healthy minds and bodies.

Tap into water top 5 tips for Early Childhood Centres:

  • Make your centre water only
  • Let kids have drinking water or their drink bottles easily available
  • Have water only centre events
  • If your centre provides lunches with a drink option, make sure its water
  • For galas or special occasions make water fun by adding mint, water melon or blueberries.