IBWA Supports New Effort to Inspire People to Drink More Water

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is proud and excited to be a supporter of a collaboration between the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage Americans to make an easy choice to help improve their health and well-being every day: drink more water.

The campaign launches today in Watertown, Wisconsin, and the First Lady, joined by IBWA and other supporters, will encourage people to drink more water, more often. “Safe, refreshing water is one of the best and healthiest choices that nearly everyone can make every day, whether at home, at work, or ‘on the go,’” says IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss.  “It is an easy way to stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.”

According to the Institute of Medicine and the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, one-third of American adults are overweight and another one-third is obese. And, over the last 30 years, children’s obesity rates have climbed from five percent to 17 percent.  Drinking water is regularly cited as a key component of a more healthful lifestyle and promoting greater consumption of water from all sources is vital.

PHA is asking people across the country to visit www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org<http://www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org> to get more information about the campaign. Anyone can use the logo and messages to encourage others to drink more water by Tweeting about it, Facebooking it, Instagraming it, and talking about it. The effort can be found across social media properties at @urH2O or via the hashtag #drinkH2O.

IBWA and its members are actively promoting the initiative’s efforts to encourage more Americans to drink more water more often. “Safe, refreshing, and convenient bottled water plays an important role in providing people with a healthy hydration beverage.  We look forward to working with the PHA and others on this important health initiative,” says Doss.

About The International Bottled Water Association

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters.  Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers.  IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products.

In addition to FDA and state regulations, the Association requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations.  A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.  Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or log onto IBWA’s web site (www.bottledwater.org<http://www.bottledwater.org/>) for more information about bottled water and a list of members’ brands.