Eagle Grove High School receives free water bottle filling station

It’s now easier for students and staff at Eagle Grove Schools to feel the numerous health benefits of drinking optimally fluoridated water throughout day. Through the “Rethink Your Drink” partnership led by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, an Elkay water bottle filling station was recently installed at Eagle Grove High School, updating an existing water fountain. In addition, the district received $500 to design and implement an educational campaign to encourage students to drink more water. The EGHS Student Council will be running the campaign in the upcoming months.

More than 50 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are not properly hydrated during the school day, which can impact cognitive function and energy levels . Despite efforts by families, schools and public health agencies to educate students on better drink choices, children and teenagers often choose caffeinated beverages, sports drinks and energy drinks. By choosing optimally fluoridated water, students and staff are more alert, better hydrated, protect their tooth enamel and make their teeth more resistant to cavities.

“This investment provides opportunities for oral health education for more than 28,000 Iowa students,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “Through strong partnerships, the “Rethink Your Drink” project helps students make the specific connection between oral health and overall health. In the long-term, students educated in better health and wellness practices could reduce health care costs for their families and communities.”

Read the full story in the March 1 edition.