5-Day Hydration Challenge

  • Monday-Friday, May 15-May 19
  • Download and print the Hydration Tracking Sheet to keep track of your intake and submit a copy by Wednesday, May 24 by emailing it to Derek Fiacco, Cornell Wellness' Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • 2 Prize Winners will be selected

How Does The Challenge Work?

Using the downloadable hydration tracking sheet, write down your water intake in fluid ounces per day, as well as the total fluid ounces you drank at the conclusion of the 5-day time period. The goal is to try and drink 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces per day. Email your completed hydration tracking sheet to Derek Fiacco, Cornell Wellness' Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to be entered into the prize drawing. One prize winner will be drawn from all individuals who drink a minimum of 50 fluid ounces of water over the course of 1 day. Another prize winner will be drawn from all individuals who drink a minimum of 50 fluid ounces over the course of 3 days. Note: 8 fluid ounces = 1 cup. 

Why Do We Need Fluids?

Water in the body is essential for many important processes to take place. From our blood system carrying essential glucose, oxygen and nutrients to cells, to the kidneys getting rid of waste products we no longer want, fluid in the body is vital to allow these processes to occur. It also lubricates our joints and eyes, helps our digestive system function and keeps our skin healthy. Simply waiting for the sensation of thirst is not a good enough sign of a need to drink. By the time we feel thirsty our body is already dehydrated and potentially suffering from impaired memory and cognitive performance, delayed reaction times, loss of appetite, dizziness and headaches. With warmer weather on the horizon, it's important to understand that we are uniquely designed to regulate our own body temperature by losing more water through the skin in the form of sweat, which in turn acts to cool the body helping to maintain a stable core temperature. The more water we lose through sweat, the more we need to replace. To learn more about the importance of staying hydrated, read through Wellness’ Blog post, How To Stay Hydrated.