To help children develop the reflex of regularly consuming water at school, it should be attractive and easily accessible !
Healthy hydration, aid for success!
The Tchin-tchin Challenge
Since 2017, during the Canadian Water Week and the World Water Day, the Tchin-tchin Challenge encourages elementary school students to drink water during school lunches. It aims to promote water as the best drink for hydration and caring for one’s health, while having fun at the same time.
The Tchin-tchin Challenge is a joint initiative created with The Association québécoise de la garde scolaire.
Become a model school in water promotion
A school promoting water consumption
Be a model team
As school team members, your actions and words are inspirational. Discover how to be a healthy hydration role-model.
Resolution model for school governing boards
To implement a school environment that supports healthy hydration, a model resolution is available for school boards.
Physical and Health Educators
Educational healthy hydration activities
Educational Activities developed in partnership with the Fédération des éducateurs et éducatrices physiques enseignants du Québec (FÉÉPEQ), are aimed at Physical Fitness and Health Educators. The goal is to increase the knowledge to students in elementary school in regards to healthy hydration consumption as a key part of their Physical Fitness and Health Education classes.
Themes to consider :
- the importance of hydration;
- signs and symptoms of dehydration;
- daily healthy hydration and during physical activity.
Two activities are proposed (*only available in french) :
La chasse aux trésors bleus
Designed for the 1st cycle of elementary school, discover this obstacle course activity that includes a teaching period on the importance of water consumption (french only).
With your Cycle 2 and 3 elementary students, create a circuit of yoga positions with a questionnaire to complete to learn the principles of healthy hydration (french only).
What does the government say about water at school ?
Since 2007, the Policy Framework for a Healthy Change in School aims, among other things, to “ensure that the food supply under the responsibility of the school community promotes the adoption of healthy eating habits”.
This policy states that schools are required to provide nutritious beverages and to eliminate beverages with added sugar and soft drinks that contain a sugar substitute (diets).
Also, in the accompanying Application Guide the Policy Framework, the Department of Health and Social Services indicates that functional and safe water fountains must be “available in or near the dining rooms to allow students to hydrate themselves at the facility. meal time and throughout the day “, and this, in sufficient numbers.
School health change, 10 years later
Published in 2017, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Policy Framework for a Healthy Change in School, this report presents the findings and recommendations of the Weight Coalition with respect to the supply of beverages in Quebec schools, including water.
To learn more (in french only)