Health and Child Care Professionals


Provider Toolkit

This toolkit for health care providers includes a wide array of resources to learn more about these recommendations and share them with your patients and colleagues.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Messaging and Talking Points
  • Common Q&A
  • Library of Resources for Providers


Comparison of Beverage Recommendations

These resources compare the HER Consensus Recommendations to other beverage guidelines for kids ages 0-5, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, WIC, and CACFP.

Daily Fluid Intake Scenarios

When counseling parents and caregivers on healthy beverage consumption, they may have questions about their child’s total daily fluid needs for adequate hydration, and how much water and milk their child should consume based on the child’s age and overall diet. This resource provides both recommended amounts and example scenarios of daily fluid breakdowns for children ages 1 to 5 years.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Webinars and Provider Toolkit

Healthy Eating Research supported a three-webinar series through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation on “Healthy Drinks Healthy Kids.” This webinar series is available for continuing education credits for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.

  • Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids: Bottoms Up – Helping Parents Make Informed Child Hydration Decisions
  • Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids: Milk, Plant-Based Alternatives, Flavored Milk, Toddler Milk – A Deeper Dive into the Science and Resulting Recommendations
  • Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids: SSBs, Juice, and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners – A Deeper Dive into the Science and Resulting Recommendations

Dairy Milk vs. Plant Milks Decision Tools

The Consensus Recommendations do not recommend plant milks as a substitute for dairy milk. However, not every child drinks dairy milk, and there are now more plant milk options than ever! These resources can assist you in making recommendations to your clients based on their individual situations.

Communications Toolkit

This toolkit includes template communication materials to help spread the word out about healthy drinks for kids.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Draft email
  • Template newsletter/blog post
  • Social media posts
  • Messaging and talking points