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Jeri Dembrak, HCS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CEBS, M.Ed.

Director, Wellbeing Works




Wellbeing Works Florida (WWF) is the nation's first worksite wellbeing SHRM State Council program. Working with the best success tool and a team of trailblazing wellbeing leaders, HR Florida is launching the best wellbeing program for employers, employees, teams, and their families in the United States. We are revolutionizing the way wellbeing is delivered to companies/organizations by bringing comprehensive, integrated tools, education, and communications to Florida employers/organizations at worksites and at chapter meetings.


AUGUST 2019 WWF HRFL Monthly Chapter Program Topic 

HRFL Wellbeing Works Florida is rolling out a series of additional monthly quick pre-program wellbeing topics. This month’s August topic is about water and hydration.

The Wonder of Water:
With the dog days of summertime winding down and humidity indexes soaring higher, this is the ideal time to discuss and refresh with water. That’s right! Not soda or tea or juices but some mighty H20!

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the weight of your human body. Staying hydrated is absolutely essential for your overall health. This is important for many key reasons. Water lubricates and cushions your joints, serves as a lubricant, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, aids in digestion, and transports wastes from your body through perspiration and elimination. Being hydrated helps with memory and cognition; it also helps to improve your mood and immune functions.

Question #1:
So how much water should you consume?
(Ask the chapter members to guess the correct answer)

Half of our bodyweight in ounces. (Say for example if you weigh 180 lbs.…we would need to drink 90 ounces of water throughout the day. Start slowly in the morning with heated lemon water and drink it down. Your body is dehydrated and craving water from the night before. Do this before you hit the ground running for your day. Even before you brush your teeth!  Water hydration is essential for good sustained health.)
Question #2:
How much water does the average American consume per day?

The average American only drinks 1.8 cups of water per day!

Why is water intake important especially in hot temps?
With increased summer temperatures and outdoor activities comes increased water loss-through sweating and evaporation-as your body works to stay cool.

Question #3:
What are some of the warning signs of dehydration?

Weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that's dark in color.

Best way to get your daily healthy intake of water:
Space your water intake throughout the day. Start with a cup in the morning and sip it throughout the day. Carry a BPA-free water bottle to work. This will help you track your water consumption. Set a timer and get up to refill your bottle.  Remember that half your body weight in ounces of water per day is your goal. Drinking water can help decrease obesity and improve metabolism.

Screaming for a snack or is it really water during the day? Think twice and quench!
Our bodies sometimes may seem to call out for a snack or food. Instead of grabbing the closest carb, try a glass of water. It might be that your body is just dehydrated.

Brain Power:
Our brain is made up of around 73% water. If you don’t keep up with our water intake, especially in hot weather or while exercising, your thinking and cognition can suffer. Other signs that you may be dehydrated include loss of appetite, dry mouth, mild constipation, and temporary lightheadedness.

Eat your way to hydration:

The good news is that only 70-80% of your daily hydration needs to come from water; the remaining 20-30% should actually come from food! All whole fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, but try these top picks for maximum water benefits:
Watermelon, papayas, pineapples, cantaloupes, strawberries, grapefruit, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, radishes, red, yellow and green peppers, cauliflower, spinach and broccoli. 

Top Off Your Water and Make it Taste Great and Colorful:
Make it fun! Infuse your water with limes, lemons, oranges, berries, or cucumbers.

Cheers to the ultimate lifeforce—pure H2O!

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