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Hydration is Key

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy 4th of July!


As we head into the hot summer months, it is important to continue to share information on how to stay healthy, hydrated and exercise safely in the heat! Drinking plenty of water is critical no matter if you are sitting in the sun, playing sports or traveling. 

As we all know water is vital for the body to function correctly, especially for the heart! According to the American Heart Association, the body well hydrated helps the heart pump blood through the vessels to all the muscles. Additionally, it also reduces the amount of work your heart has to do throughout the day. North Carolina summers can bring extreme hot temperatures, and no matter the age, dehydration can lead to problems ranging from headaches, swollen feet, low energy and heat stroke.

Because a lot of our park agencies host summer youth programs, it is essential that information is always shared of the importance of staying hydrated, and how during the long summer days! Water is the best substance to stay hydrated compared with other liquids. Even sport drinks can be helpful because they contain electrolytes which help people doing high intensity exercises in the hot weather. Sugary drinks can be hard on the stomach, especially if you have reached dehydration. The key is to drink water throughout the day, especially before, during and after activities.

So what are some tips to keep kids and adults hydrated in your youth summer programs? The YMCA shared some helpful tips to be shared among the North Carolina communities.

  • Freeze water bottles overnight. This will ensure the preparation of cold water for the next day instead of having the children drink warm water that has been sitting out in the sun.
  • If children want more than just water, then try adding some fresh limes or lemons in the water for taste. Adding flavor will hopefully motivate the children to keep drinking water.
  • Try to avoid caffeinated drinks which tend to lead to dehydration. Leaving those at home will help children drink water when they are thirsty rather than reaching for a coke.

Continue to share information among your community by using social media! Posting facts about staying hydrated on Facebook and Twitter will only raise awareness on staying healthy during the hot summer days. If you have any ideas on staying hydrated or sharing tips regarding youth summer programs, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:




Tags:  Health  Hydration  Summer  Wellness  Youth Programs 

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