First Lady Asks Everyone to 'Drink Up' With More Water

Bottled water brands, health, beverage organizations join Mrs. Obama for new effort

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and actress Eva Longoria in the aptly named Watertown, Wis., to announce PHA's new effort to encourage everyone to drink more water. The effort brings together more than a dozen organizations committed to encouraging everyone to drink more water more often. According to the Centers for Disease Control 7 Prevention (CDC), approximately one fourth of children do not drink any water on a given day. This new effort will remind people that drinking more water helps you have more energy to do more, longer and with better focus.

Aquafina, Beverly Hills 9oh2o, Dasani, Evian Natural Spring Water, Hint, Voss, Wat-Aah!, and Nestle Waters brands (North America's Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Nestle Pure Life, Ozarka, Poland Spring, resource and Zephyrhills) will be promoting the Drink Up message on products, through public events, via digital, print, social and out of home media efforts and other publicity.

The American Beverage Association and International Bottled Water Association are promoting the effort, while the California Endowment and PVBLIC Foundation are providing financial support for the PHA initiative. Additionally, Food Corps will incorporate messaging from this effort into schools nationwide. Unite4:Good, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, BlogHer Inc., Disney and Nickelodeon will also promote drinking more water.

"Since we started the Let's Move! initiative, I've been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. I've come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water," said Obama. "That's it--it's really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel. So Drink Up and see for yourself."

To remind families of the importance of drinking water, supporters of PHA's effort will carry the Drink Up logo on nearly 300 million packs of bottled water; more than half a billion bottles of water; 200,000 packages of reusable bottles; and more than 10,000 reusable bottles in the next year. Additionally, more than 10,000 outdoor public taps are expected to carry the brand over the next few years. Cities will also be using the logo to encourage people to drink more tap water. And hosts on a dozen TV shows are participating in an around the clock, cross-network, bilingual day of drinking water and encouraging their audience to Drink Up.

PHA will be asking people across the country to visit to upload pictures of themselves drinking water, or find the campaign on Instagram (, tagging their pictures #drinkH2O.

During the event, the First Lady lead 2,000 Watertown High School students and community members in a "Drink Up" toast, and then participated in water games alongside students.

To encourage and remind people to Drink Up, PHA brought together research, marketing, and creative talents to help create and promote its message, including Young & Rubicam, Buck, Antfood, Nielsen, Proclivity Media, VML and Core Strategies.

BRITA is adding the Drink Up logo to packages that contain its reusable filtering bottles. Through a partnership with NBC's The Biggest Loser, BRITA is also promoting the Drink Up message on one of the most popular TV shows on air. SOMA will help promote the effort through social and digital publicity. S'Well Bottle will promote Drink Up digitally and will add the logo to bottles.

Los Angeles County, Chicago, Houston and Watertown, Wisconsin will use the PHA creative in numerous ways to inspire their residents to drink more water. They will place the logo and PSAs on buses and bus stops, in municipal buildings and other places to encourage people to drink more water.

GLOBALTAP will launch a specially designed bottle and filling station for schools and public locations featuring the Drink Up colors and logos. For every public tap station GLOBALTAP installs, one Drink Up tap station will be donated by GLOBALTAP at no charge to a local school. GLOBALTAP plans to have more than 10,000 taps in public locations, and schools within the next few years. Smart Tap will use a unique form of out-of-home marketing by adding the Drink Up logo to its taps, as well as promoting Drink Up messages through social media and other efforts.

Click here to read the remarks by the First Lady at the Drink Up campaign launch.