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Hydrate Well Initiative

How Much Are We Really Drinking?

  1. 22% of Americans drink the USDA recommended 8 to 10 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day

  2. Average daily water consumption in the U.S. is 20 ounces/2.5 cups/0.6 liter

  3. 7% of Americans drink no water a day

  4. 20% increase in wine consumption since 2005, now beer is on the rise

  5. Specialty coffee sales have increased 20% annually since 2005

  6. A large amount of sugar consumed is through drinking sugar-sweetened beverages:​

  • 12 oz Coke = 39 grams/8 teaspoons

  • 8 oz Apple Juice = 30 grams/6 teaspoons

  • Sports Beverage 32 oz = 56 grams/11 teaspoons



“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” Slovakian Proverb 

Water is the body’s principal chemical component and every system in your body depends on liquids to function properly.


With the Hydrate Well Exhibit & Challenge you will learn to:

  • Find creative ways to drink more water

  • Minimize or avoid beverages with added sugars or sugar substitutes

  • Moderate caffeine and alcohol

  • Choose other healthy beverages to vary your options

“Proper hydration is more than just water. It’s a matter of what you drink more of and what you drink less of.” Anonymous



1. Click here to access and print the "Passport" as a guide to your Virtual Exhibit.


2. Click here for the Hydrate Well Virtual Exhibit and learn why and how to improve your hydration for better health.

Take Action

1. Click here to access and print the 4-week Hydrate Well Challenge.


2. Record the days you hydrated well with water and healthy beverages on the Hydrate Well Challenge Sheet 

Access Support

1. Click here to view articles, videos, tools, and inspiration to succeed in the Hydrate Well Challenge.


2. Access these support resources on the employee well-being portal.

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