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Drink Water… Perform Better.

Choose water to help you perform and play at your best.
Healthy hydration and healthy eating are needed to help you live, play and learn at your best.


Encourage teams to drink water and choose healthy snacks

Show your commitment to supporting a healthy environment for young athletes. Coaches and team managers can implement the Beverage and Snack Health Standards (PDF) to encourage their team(s) to drink water and choose healthy snacks.

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Tips for Healthy Hydration

  1. Water does Wonders!
    For most of our activities, water hydrates us the best without added sugar.
  2. Keep drinking!
    Thirst is not a good sign of hydration. Drink water often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  3. Keep it cool!
    We tend to drink more when the water is cool or cold.
  4. Try eating some water today!
    Most vegetables and fruit contain lots of water and help you meet your daily water needs.
  5. Keep snacks simple and healthy!
    Snacks are usually not needed during practices and games. If a snack is needed, choose whole foods most often.

What about sports drinks?

Sports drinks usually contain some sugar and salt to replace what is lost during exercise. Sports drinks are usually only needed if you perform activities for longer than 60 to 90 minutes at a high performance level or in hot conditions. This means that for most people, they are not needed and simply provide added sugar to the diet.

What about energy drinks?

Energy drinks usually contain high amounts of caffeine, sugar and other herbal and vitamin ingredients. Energy drinks are not recommended for children and youth at any time. Drinking energy drinks before or during physical activity can cause muscle cramps, increased heart rate and vomiting.

“Drink Water… Perform Better” is a project of London’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Date of creation: February 28, 2017
Last modified on: January 18, 2019

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