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Building a Culture of Health: Hydration at Work

The importance of healthy hydration is imperative for a healthy workplace, the role that water plays in the body is not something that should be overlooked. Even a slight amount of dehydration ~2% can lead to headaches, mental fatigue, indecision and reduced concentration. This is why we have made it part of our mission with the help of our NJHCN grant, funded by New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, to increase access and education on healthy hydration through filtered drinking water.

We have done this by installing a water filter on our staff room kitchen sink. We informed staff about the importance of hydrating through a variety of messaging including presentation at a monthly staff meeting. Fact sheets and motivational messages on hydration are hanging throughout the office to encourage staff, clients and visitors to stay hydrated throughout the day. CFPC has also been encouraging staff to participate in our physical activity challenges, our first challenge encouraged staff to use and document the use of their 30-minute wellness breaks provided and outlined in our agency policy. The winner selected at random from participants won a filtered water bottle.

Along with our staff, we have focused on making sure our group rooms also have filtered drinking water available, this includes meeting rooms where adolescent groups meet multiple times weekly, where we hold our healthy and safe community coalition and other meetings. Our treatment offices as well as our substance use Intensive Outpatient group room also have filtered drinking water available for clients. Hydration is important for the body and mind to properly function and is especially important for people in recovery.

About the Grantee

Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC)

The mission of the Center for Prevention and Counseling is to promote hope, health and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. We do this through our 4 departments including Prevention, Counseling, Substance Use Treatment and Recovery support.