WATER, AN INALIENABLE RIGHT? Saturday, October 30, 2010
Health and hygiene is a focus of many physical education programs in public schools across the country. While teachers do their best to educate the next generation about better eating habits, many schools sadly fall short in supplying one of the most essential needs for a healthy diet: water. Sending a home-packed lunch with a refillable water bottle is one easy answer for elementary school kids, but brown-bagging it isn’t as cool with tweens and teens.
Senator Mark Leno is trying to change things in his home state of California. Last month he introduced a bill requiring schools to have access to free drinking water in cafeterias, so kids have an alternative to the sugary drinks sold in schools. With funding always an issue, many schools depend on vending machine sales to raise meet those budget gaps. State officials are now combing through contracts to make sure they can legally offer free water without violating their current agreements.