Grant Program Gives Water Bottle-Filling Stations to Illinois Faculties
Delta Dental of Illinois Basis and Illinois Youngsters’s Healthcare Basis are accepting 2022 purposes for his or her annual H2O On the Go grant program. This program replaces current water fountains with new water bottle-filling stations at elementary, center and excessive faculties all through Illinois.
All elementary, center and excessive faculties in Illinois are eligible and inspired to use for the H2O On the Go grant program. Choice is given to colleges that don’t have already got a water bottle-filling station. Purposes can be accepted by way of 5 p.m., Might 6, 2022 at deltadentalil.com/h2o-on-the-go.
The Foundations launched the H2O On the Go program in 2020 as a part of their shared initiatives to enhance the general well being and well-being of Illinois youngsters. The brand new water bottle-filling stations are made by Downers Grove-based Elkay.
Tooth decay, though principally preventable, is the main power infectious illness amongst youngsters. Selecting water reasonably than sugary drinks like soda, juice and sports activities drinks may also help preserve enamel robust and scale back cavities by virtually 25%.1 Water as a beverage selection may also assist stop weight problems, enhance vitality ranges and improve college students’ cognitive operate.
H2O On the Go will make it simpler for Illinois college students to have entry to ingesting water all through the day and select water over different drinks. Faculties that apply and are authorised will obtain a water bottle-filling station, together with reusable water bottles and toothbrushes for college kids.
Along with encouraging college students to drink extra water, H2O On the Go reduces waste and promotes conservation efforts. The water bottle-filling stations are additionally touch-free, which decreases germ alternate.
By our H2O On the Go program, we hope to encourage wholesome habits. By putting in water bottle filling stations in faculties, we’ll enhance entry to water, lower the consumption of sugary drinks and reduce the general threat of tooth decay amongst these college students.
The Illinois Youngsters’s Healthcare Basis (ILCHF) stays dedicated to enhancing the oral well being of Illinois youngsters. Partnering with Delta Dental of Illinois Basis to encourage ingesting water by way of the H20 On the Go program helps ILCHF advance their imaginative and prescient of ‘Each little one in Illinois grows up wholesome’ by serving to youngsters substitute sugary drinks with wholesome ingesting water for higher oral well being and general well being.
Within the first two years of the H20 On the Go program, a complete of 140 Illinois faculties obtained a water bottle-filling station. To evaluate previous recipients or to use for the H2O On the Go program, go to deltadentalil.com/h2o-on-the-go.
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