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.
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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