How much better do you feel after you drink a nice, cold glass of water?
Drinking enough H20 is one of the best things you can do for your mind, immune system, skin, digestion and so much more! Yet, thanks to busy schedules, infection control protocols, and PPE, many nurses can’t stay adequately hydrated at work.
“Water makes up 50 – 60% of our body weight and contributes to almost every cellular function in order to maintain overall wellness,”
Lauren Rocha, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist at the University of Miami Hospital
We know you have limited breaks to take a drink. We also know if you drink too much and need to use the restroom, there may be no one to cover you. But you can’t take care of your patients if you’re unwell, and hydration is a big part of staying well.
“Water is essential for key bodily functions,” says Nurse Alice Benjamin, a Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist with 20 years of nursing experience. “When you’re dehydrated, it's like having a car with no gas. If you don't have water, you're not going to go anywhere.”
You need to stay hydrated to do your job well. Over the next 10 days, we’ll provide as many tangible tips as we can to improve your hydration. Use them to the best of your ability — both at home and at work. Let’s go!
Starts July 10. Click “Yes” under “Ready to Join?” above to sign up. Get started here.
See you at the water cooler!
PLEASE NOTE: You must not consume food or drink in an area where there is exposure or potential exposure to blood, potentially infectious material, or toxic material or where there is a potential for contamination of work surfaces. This can be particularly challenging in most healthcare environments now. Please refer to these OSHA regulations as well as these — and your employer’s policies, particularly infection control practices, in regard to food and drink consumption and storage at work.
Additionally, if you work in any environment outside of your home, please refer to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
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How are you doing in the challenge?
Just getting started. I have been terrible about hydration this past year. Looking for motivation.
@Cincin I hope you enjoy the challenge, this was a great one! You can see the daily tips by getting started here. And then at the bottom of each page there is a link to the next day!
Completed today's challenge (day8) drank before and after a workout and it is definitely a habit I need to keep up!
This heat had really helped me keep up my water intake- I do not drink caffeinated drinks or soda 102 oz yesterday and 72 oz so far today .
Definitely more aware of how much water I am drinking. Feeling better!
I needed this challenge. I have been ignoring my body’s need for hydration. Thank you for this reminder!
Make sure to check out the Hydration Calculator from day 1!
Glad that I get notifications with HnHn about upcoming challenges ,just saw the hydration challenge today and I am on board .I do notice a difference when I am well hydrated and when am not .
I just saw this today and I look forward to increasing my water intake. I know that it has helped my blood pressure significantly when I am fully hydrated.
I just joined the challenge and can't wait to find additional ways to stay hydrated, especially during this 100+ degree weather in Texas! 😀
I joined this hydration challenge! Reminders to hydrate are important even when working from home as I do!🥰
Just saw this and aligns perfectly with healthier eating that I have started to do