BANGOR – Students in Bangor, Hampden and Orono are being challenged to drink more water as part of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Community Health Improvement Plan for 2020.
The 10-week program called Healthy Hydration Challenge is new this year.
It encourages middle school and high school students to increase their water intake and choose water over sugary or caffeinated drinks.
“If we can kind of break them of that habit and that cycle and get them on just clean water. We’re going in the right path to help them down the line a little further, pick more healthy habits we’ll be doing later on in the school year,” said JP Stowe, Northern Light sports health manager.
About 120 students from the three school districts will be tracking their water consumption.
Stowe said the hydration challenge is just the start of a series of healthy eating and exercise initiative programs aimed at helping youth make healthier choices.