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Staying hydrated - an essential guide to healthy drinks

Humans can survive for a few weeks without food, but you cannot go without fluids for more than two to three days. So it’s important to understand the amount and type of fluids you need to consume every day. This topic uses worksheets, a group discussion and arts & communications activities to highlight the nutritional value of different drinks.

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Information Sheet

Do you know how much should you drink? The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting dehydrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. This information sheet looks at the different types of drinks, including energy drinks, and provides advice on staying hydrated.

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Sugar in drinks

You may be surprised to find out just how much sugar there is in everyday drinks. This colourful poster shows you how many teaspoons of sugar there are in a range of drinks and gives ideas for healthier drinks.

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Check the sugar

The worksheet uses the nutrition information found on different drinks and asks participants to identify the drink in each category that contains the highest and lowest amount of sugar.

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Check the Label

The worksheet provides nutritional information of six drinks. The task is to identify which drinks have the highest salt, sugar or fat content. They are also asked to identify the drinks with highest energy value and contain 2.5g or less than 2.5g of sugar per 100ml. Discuss their answers with the group, explaining the role of food labelling.

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What We Drink

The group starts by discussing their favourite drinks and leads to thinking about the ingredients in drinks and how they can affect mood and energy. Participants also consider how nutrition labelling on packs can help them identify what drinks are healthiest.

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Drink Up! Art & Communications

This fun activity asks the group to create ads to encourage people to choose healthier drinks. The ads can focus on drinking more water or checking out the sugar on the nutrition label.

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