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Water Fountains in Schools - More Powerful than a Sugar Tax?

Geoff Riley

29th March 2016

Could the provision of powerful water fountains in schools and colleges be a more effective and fairer nudge to encourage students to drink more water and avoid sugary products? Evidence in this article published by Salon finds that in schools where fountains were widely available, the body mass index of students was lower than in those where water fountains were absent. "Taking a drink from a water fountain is a piece of (calorie-free) cake."

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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