Salud Pública de México

Effectiveness of an educational strategy to increase plain water consumption in children

Claudia Pimentel-Hernández, José Francisco González-Zamora, José Humberto Medina-Cortina, Silvestre García-de la Puente, José Luis Arredondo-García

Resumen


Objective. We tested the effectiveness of the I prefer plain water educational strategy used to increase water con­sumption in elementary school children. Materials and methods. A community intervention trial was performed in eight public elementary schools in Mexico City. The schools were randomized into an intervention (IG) and a control (CG) group. Each school was provided water dispensers inside the classrooms. The IG received the educational stra­tegy. The strategy was considered effective if the students increased their water consumption by ≥220 ml. Results. Water consumption in the IG increased 167 ml vs. 37 ml in CG (p < 0.001). The goal of the educational strategy for water consumption was achieved in 166/413 children in the IG and 95/364 children in the CG (p < 0.001). Conclusions. I prefer plain water, associated with free access to water inside the classrooms, proved to be effective to increase water consumption


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water consumption; intervention study; elementary school; effectiveness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/9765

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