Mum, dad, I prefer water!
Water should be 60 to 80%1of the total amount of the liquids drunk daily by children. Unfortunately, Polish children do not drink enough of it, often preferring sweetened drinks and juices.
The problem lies not only in the quality of the liquids drunk by children, but in the amount as well: 50% of Polish children and adolescents drink less than they should. Water is only one fifth of the liquids they drink every day. The rest, i.e. about half a litre, is made up of drinks containing sugar2.
We promote the right nutritional choices at every stage of life. In response to the problem of inadequate water consumption among children, in 2009, we launched an educational programme for kindergartens. Ever since the first edition, The National Food And Nutrition Institute and The Institute of Mother and Child (IMC) have been our content partners. The aim of the Programme is to encourage the youngest among us to drink water, and to educate them on its importance to life.
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1 H. Woś et al., Expert Group’s Stance on the recommendations regarding the consumption of water and other beverages by babies, children, and adolescents; medical standards for paediatrics 2011 T. 8; 27–35.
2 I. Guelinckx, 2015, Intake of water and beverages of children and adolescents in 13 countries, European Journal of Nutrition, Vol 54/2