Local School Joins The 'Water-Only' Movement

May 27, 2019


There is a growing movement in New Zealand towards schools becoming water-only and Our Lady of Kapiti Primary School is the latest school to take on the Healthy Futures Initiative. 

The school celebrated the event last week with ex Silver-Fern netballer, Irene van Dyk, coming in as a special guest speaker.


A Wellington Regional Public Health spokesperson says sugary drinks  - like fizzy drinks, sports drinks, flavoured milk and juices, cause tooth decay, obesity and diabetes and make it harder for children to learn while at school.


The spokesperson says there is a lot of work involved making sure water is accessible for everyone, implementing the school wide policy and getting students to adopt the culture and that schools taking on the initiative are to be applauded.


There are currently hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living with the complications of type 2 diabetes including kidney failure, eyesight problems and amputations.


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