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Parks can be a great place for children to get active, whether it’s playing in the playground or kicking a football about. But this physical activity can be thirsty work.
This survey by the Children’s Food Campaign found that the vast majority of parks lack drinking fountains or other sources of drinking water, leaving children to go thirsty or visit the nearest ice cream van, shop or takeaway where there may be few healthy options available, and lots of tempting but unhealthy drinks and snacks on offer. Even where parks did have fountains, too often they were difficult to find, not working or too few for the size of the parks.