Why it works

Why FISH?

Our Activ-bottles are specifically and innovatively designed for schools. We bring together a collection of very ergonomic bottles which are designed to meet all your hydration needs.

We offer valved, non-spill, flip-top lids for Activ-bottles, Activ-R and Activ-mini, and we can guarantee that these will not leak. This gives you peace of mind that children’s work will not be spoilt if the bottles do fall over.

Our 500ml capacity makes drinking 1litre of water easy. Children simply need to be reminded to drink one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

Our Activ-R sustainable bottle is the only sustainably-based reusable plastic bottle available in the UK. For schools that want to make a difference to the world they live in, and more importantly their local community, the Activ-R is the ideal choice.

Other environmentally friendly options are available on the market, but no other sustainable options – and beware: biodegradable plastic bottles, cannot be recycled.

FISH provide a wide range of bottle designs. We have a large range of stock designs, however, we also have the ability to brand our bottles with your school logo- this highlights your schools interest in feeding your students thirsty minds.

Why Hydration?

It is a legal requirement to ensure that children are hydrated. The law on drinking water for children, as stated in the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999, says that “A school shall have a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes including a supply of drinking water.”

While this is rather vague, there are other regulations, guidelines and resources that require and encourage schools to provide free, fresh drinking water throughout the school day. Notably, the Children’s Food Trust standards state that throughout the school day, “Children and young people must have easy access at all times to free, fresh drinking water in schools.”

- Hydration delivers a directly related benefit to learning, cognition and performance. It has been conclusively proven time after time, in study after study, not only that dehydration negatively affects academic and physical performance, but also that drinking water even when already hydrated actually improves performance. In other words, it’s not so much a question of maintaining the status quo, but of improving it.

Hydration promotes blood flow, which in turn means that more oxygen reaches the brain and also the muscles, which results in optimised performance both mentally and physically.

- Attention and concentration levels are improved when the brain is hydrated. Symptoms of mild dehydration, including light-headedness, dizziness, headaches or migraine and fatigue, all contribute to a lack of alertness and concentration.

Once the symptoms have progressed to thirst, at which stage children can have lost up to 2% of their body weight in water, mental performance including memory, attention and concentration can decrease by up to 10%.

Not only does dehydration reduce the capacity to learn and concentrate, studies have proven that a drink of water can increase it.

- A report by schools that participated in the Food in Schools water provision pilot scheme concluded that providing water led to a noticeable improvement in the learning environment. Teachers said that “enhanced water provision contributed to a more settled and productive learning environment, as well as helping to instil good habits.” It has also been suggested that this more settled learning environment helps with behaviour management in the classroom.

- Hydration has a direct impact on weight management. Continued hydration has been repeatedly linked to weight management, for a number of reasons: thirst signals can be confused with hunger signals, and water can actually help to fill the stomach up, helping it to feel fuller for longer.

- Water and happiness are directly related. Although it is not a commonly known effect of hydration, drinking water can actually make us happier. It is thought that the physical wellness which results from adequate hydration can lead to a corresponding mental state of positivity.

Why Water?

- Water contains NO calories. Other fluids do contribute to the daily recommended fluid intake, but they can contain calories in the form of fat (e.g. milk) or carbohydrates (e.g. fruit juice, fizzy soft drinks). While some calorie intake from drinks is acceptable, studies have linked frequent consumption of sugary drinks, fruit juice and whole milk to obesity and obesity related conditions.

- There are NO additives in water. Some soft drinks contain additives, in the form of colourings, flavourings, preservatives and flavour enhancers. Besides the fact that many parents are concerned about potential health problems caused by these additives, some have been linked to causing hyperactivity in children.

- Dentists recommend a healthy water intake. The British Dental Health Foundation recommends that the kindest drinks for your teeth are plain water and plain milk, since they are neither sugary nor acidic. (However, milk can contain fat, hence the British Nutrition Foundation recommend it to be drunk only in moderation).

- Water is recommended by the British Nutrition Foundation. The British Nutrition Foundation gives guidelines for the types of fluid which children should drink, and water is the only fluid which they recommend drinking “plenty of”.

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