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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Do This One Simple Thing... Drink Up!

If there was a magic button that would help you feel more alert, be more active, put your brain to better use, lose weight and decrease headaches, risk of heart attack and cancer... would you push it? Me too, but only if I can remember to keep it handy and at the top of my "Do Right Now" list... Will you join in me for a glass of good old H20?

Let's Move!, America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids, announced:

"On September 12, the First Lady joined the Partnership for a Healthier America and actress Eva Longoria in Watertown, WI to announce PHA’s new campaign to encourage everyone to drink more water. Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to improve overall health and well-being, yet approximately one in four kids do not drink any water on a given day, according to the CDC.

“Since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. And I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water. It’s as simple as that. Drink more water,” said First Lady Michelle Obama."

Today I am starting fresh with our family's water habits. I am stashing water bottles in the car, in the kids' backpacks, in the mud room by the door and under my desk at work. Next I am dusting off the reusable water bottles in the cupboard (a little Sharpie art makes them more fun for me and the little ones). Lastly, I am busting out the sticker bin for a friendly family competition to see who can get in all 8 glasses of water first each day. What could you do to get your family to drink up?

All the best,

Recreation Coordinator, SWCC