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Many middle school students steer clear of drinking fountains due to fears about the water’s safety or because they don’t like the taste, according to a recent study.

More than half of middle school students said they drink less than three glasses of water a day, and about one-third said they were unlikely to drink water from school fountains, according to a survey of 3,211 California middle school students.

Replacing sugary beverages with water is one strategy to reduce obesity among youths. While drinking fountains are available in most schools, some studies suggest that students shun fountains because they are concerned about the safety of the water, or they don’t like its taste.

This study assessed whether middle school students’ attitudes about school drinking fountains were associated with intentions to drink water at school, and whether intentions to drink water at...

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