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Challenge Idea: Stay Hydrated

Challenge each of your department members to stay hydrated by drinking at least 48 ounces of water per day. Six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water are generally recommended on a daily basis, but individuals should check with their healthcare provider for any special needs. Learn more about staying properly hydrated at www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html.

Challenge Rules:

  1. Write in the date each time you consume 6 eight-ounce cups of water, or 48 ounces.
  2. Only water can be counted toward your 6 cups.
  3. You have successfully completed the challenge when you have consumed 6 eight-ounce cups of water on at least 20 days during the month of July.

To motive your department members, try sending out weekly emails with interesting facts about water, tips on staying hydrated, and articles on the benefits of drinking water. Consider providing a reward or certificate for each member who finishes the challenge. If possible, provide each participant with a water bottle with ounces clearly marked that they can refill and carry with them throughout the month.

Download a progress log sheet from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program.

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