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Clinic to re-open on Tuesday

Clinic to re-open on Tuesday;

Reminder to stay hydrated


The Central Ozarks Medical Center East Elementary Clinic will re-open on Tuesday, July 16, and is open to all Waynesville R-VI students, staff and their families. 


To make an appointment at the clinic, call 573-842-2164.


During the summer, Dr. Laurie Sparr, family nurse practitioner at the school-based health clinic at East, reminds families to drink plenty of water to help stay hydrated. 


Water: How much do we need to stay healthy?

Staying hydrated is important to remain healthy every day, especially during the heat of summer.  Water is needed for all body functions including carrying nutrients and oxygen to all the cells in our bodies, protecting organs and tissues, helping with digestion, keeping blood pressure, heart beat and temperature stable. Hydration also helps cushion joints and flush bacteria and waste from kidneys and bladder. 

Daily water recommendations depend on age and gender.  

v 4-8 years

Ø Boys and Girls-- 7 cups (8 oz) of liquids daily 

v  9-13 years

Ø Girls--9 cups of liquids daily  

Ø Boys-- 10 cups of liquids daily 

v 14-18 years

Ø Girls--10 cups of liquids daily

Ø Boys--14 cups of liquids daily

v Adults-- 18 years and older

Ø Women—11 cups of liquids daily

Ø Men--15 cups of liquids daily. 


v Activity level, heat and humidity can increase how much water our bodies need to stay healthy.  

Daily liquid intake should include mostly water, with limited caffeine and/or sugary drinks. Adding fruit or sparkling water can help jazz up plain water. Plus, many foods have high water content.  Melons, berries, apples, pears are a few fruits that have high water content. Cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, cauliflower, and celery are a few vegetables with higher water content.  Yogurt, soups, puddings, smoothies, and shakes also count towards daily water intake.   

Keep in mind that too much water or too little water can be harmful. For specific information about individual water needs, talk to your medical provider.  


Sources of information for this article included the following: 


CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Drinking Water.  July 1, 2019. Retrieved from:

Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Water: How Much Do Kids Need? July 1, 2019. Retrieved from:

Harvard Health Publish Harvard Medical School. How much water should you drink? July 1, 2019. Retrieved from:

Roswell Park. 10 Healthy Ways to Increase Your Fluid Intake. July 1, 2019. Retrieved from:

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine.  Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate. July 1, 2019. Retrieved from:


Issued July 15, 2019