2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
This article is brought to you by: Weight Coalition.
Not all children have the habit of drinking water when they are thirsty. Still, water is the best drink for he althy hydration.
To encourage he althy hydration among our children, all means are good to make water more visible and attractive at home and at school.
Faced with the overconsumption of sugary drinks among young people, the Association québécoise de la garde scolaire (AQGS) and the Weight Coalition took the initiative, in 2017, to create the Tchin-Tchin Challenge to encourage preschool and elementary school students to drink water with their lunch during Canada Water Week (third week of March). This year, schools are invited to take it from March 22 to 26, 2021.
Invite your school to participate
Already more than 400 schools across Quebec have registered for the 2021 Tchin-Tchin Challenge, which will involve more than 85,000 students. Invite your elementary or preschool to take up the challenge by registering at soifdesante.ca/ecole by March 19, 2021.
Promotional material, including posters andcustomizable participation certificates for each student and educational and fun activity kits including coloring pages are available to enable schools to take up this turnkey challenge. All the instructions relating to the smooth running of the challenge will also be available at soifdesante.ca/ecole. It's free, simple, fun and good for everyone's he alth!
By registering, participating schools also have the chance to win several sets of cooking equipment, including a water dispenser, to make flavored waters with the children.
Water, a source of pleasure
On the menu for the 2021 edition, several fun new features including Les Chroniques des Agents Eau. During this activity, the students have the mission to save Rigol’eau, the Tchin-tchin Challenge mascot. In addition, a new creative activity adapted to students in grades 5 and 6 will also be offered to encourage their participation.
Before each meal, school daycare or lunch service staff will invite students to lift their water bottles to have a “chin-tchin” with their classmates. At the end of the week, a certificate will be given to each student to create a sense of pride in each of them.
The Tchin-tchin Challenge is also offered for English schools (thirstyforhe alth.ca/school).
Why is water a winner?
The Chin-Chin Challenge promotes the acquisition of he althy habitshydration in our children while giving them pleasure in doing so. During the week, children will develop new knowledge about hydration and better reflexes to prevent dehydration and its accompanying symptoms, including headaches and fatigue.
Did you know? Drinking enough water also contributes to the good intellectual faculties of our children and therefore to better learning. Everyone is a winner!
Visit soifdesante.cato learn more and to consult the complementary tools to the Tchin-tchin Challenge to provide your child with an environment conducive to drinking water, at school and at home.