Why water should be your first choice for thirst:


Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Without water, our bodies are unable to properly function. Water is essential for processes such digestion, temperature regulation, joint health, and nutrient absorption. But, Americans consume almost 50 gallons of sugary drinks a year.

Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults, as they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight. Increased hydration of children is associated with better academic performance in schools, as well as with improved overall brain and body health. In Ohio, 40% of children drink 2 or more sugary drinks a day.

With soft drinks being the food most strongly linked to increased rates of obesity and risk for diabetes, the Healthy Eating committee decided it was imperative to join the Water First for Thirst movement that began in Columbus, Ohio. Our goal is to make water the drink of choice for children and families living in Greater Cleveland and beyond.


Get involved:


Join the hydration revolution.

Let everyone know that you choose water first for your thirst with a selfie while drinking water. Then, tag us in your selfies:

  • Instagram @healthy.cle
  • Twitter @healthycle
  • #pitcheryourselfhealthier
  • #waterfirstforthirst
  • #HealthyCLE

And don't forget to pin / share the info-graphic above!

Water First for Thirst Pledge

Make it official! Click the link above to take our "water first for thirst" pledge and let everyone know that you are choosing water as your first choice for hydration needs.

 Click here to take Healthy Cleveland's "Water First for Thirst" pledge.

Click here to take Healthy Cleveland's "Water First for Thirst" pledge.


Water-first research:


Water Needs Assessment

View this PowerPoint presentation to see why the Healthy Eating committee saw a need to focus on drinking water access in schools.

 Click here to view a needs assessment presentation about water access in our schools.

Click here to view a needs assessment presentation about water access in our schools.


Water Accessibility in CMSD Schools

View this PowerPoint presentation to see observations made about the state of water accessibility in Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools, as well as recommendations for improved access.  

 Click here to view a presentation about water accessibility in CMSD schools.

Click here to view a presentation about water accessibility in CMSD schools.