Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Did You Know, Colorado? May 7, 2014 Drinking Water Week

  • Water is essential for life. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, which can drain your energy and prevent your body from carrying out normal functions. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Water has zero calories, and fluoridated water has the added benefit of preventing, on average, 25% of tooth decay among children and adults.  
  • 38% of adult Coloradans drink at least one sugary beverage per day.1 35% of White adults, 47% of Black adults, and 50% of Hispanic adults drink at least one sugary beverage per day, and the prevalence of daily consumption of sugary beverages increases as education and income decrease. Sugary beverages are often "empty calories" and promote tooth decay.
  • 16% of adult Coloradans reported bottled/vended water as their main water source at home,1 a water source that is most likely non-fluoridated. This prevalence was highest among Blacks (30%), Hispanics (31%), and adults with less than high school education (33%) and increased with decreasing household income. 33% of bottled water drinkers reported concern that tap water is unsafe to drink.   

1 Data source: 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
For more information about chronic disease data in Colorado, contact Renee Calanan

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