Healthy New You week two: water

January 16, 2015 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

Drinking more water is an easy way to improve your health, which is why it’s this week’s focus for Rocket Wellness’ Healthy New You program at The University of Toledo.

“We have to make sure we’re hydrated,” said Andrea Masters, assistant director of Rocket Wellness. “It helps brain focus and it helps a lot of our organs function correctly.”

To do that, Masters said we should be drinking 64 ounces a day or more depending on your level of activity; if you exercise then you should drink more. She said that getting a good amount of water should be a priority, but it doesn’t have to be all that you drink.

“Make sure you drink all the water that you need to before you have a glass of juice or soda. That way you know at least you got your water in,” Masters said.

One tip for getting the right amount of water each day is to take a big water bottle with you wherever you go, and make it a goal to fill it up a certain amount of times. There also are free apps that help you track the amount of water you drink.

Masters says it’s also important to keep it interesting — you can add flavor to your water with lemons, cucumbers, or other fresh fruit and veggies. Some people prefer to drink sparkling water for the texture, and others find it easier if they drink through a straw.

This week’s challenge is a team challenge, and points will be awarded based on the amount of water that a team of four drinks throughout the week. The week to track water intake is Monday through Sunday.

Teams that drink 1,792 ounces or less will get one point per person — 1,792 ounces is the equivalent of 64 ounces per person per day of the week, which is the suggested water intake. Teams with 1,793 to 2,016 ounces get two points per person, 2,017 to 2,240 ounces get three points per person, 2,241 to 2,464 ounces get four points per person, and 2,465 ounces or more get five points per person.

“Accountability and team support is important when you’re making any type of change,” Masters said.

Don’t forget, there is still a chance to earn bonus points by participating in the walking programs held on both campuses. Rocket Walk is held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Student Recreation Center and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Morse Center.

For more information and to see the weekly video, visit the Rocket Wellness website at

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