Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Young people benefit from drinking water, especially in place of sugar-added drinks. Schools can affect kids' health through beverage policies that raise awareness and increase the availability of healthier beverages. Providing accessible drinking water has been shown to increase water consumption.
Studies have found that providing accessible drinking water increases water consumption dramatically at schools, especially when water containers are also available. Campaigns to promote the health benefits of water positively have influenced awareness and consumption. In addition, changes in school beverage policies have increased the availability and consumption of healthier beverages. Increased concentration and better performance at sports have also been reported with water consumption. Water consumption is also associated with reduced overweight.
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