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En­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to drink wa­ter with school lunches could pre­vent more than half a mil­lion kids from be­com­ing over­weight, and trim med­i­cal and in­di­rect so­ci­etal costs as­so­ci­ated with these prob­lems by more than $13 bil­lion, a new study sug­gests. The find­ings were based on the ex­pan­sion of a pi­lot pro­gram that was con­ducted in 1,200 schools in New York City be­tween 2009 and 2013. When wa­ter dis­pensers were placed in cafe­te­rias, con­sump­tion of wa­ter tripled and led to small but sig­nif­i­cant de­clines in kids’ risks of be­ing over­weight, re­searchers found.


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