Glass of water

Thursday 11 November 2010 

Institute of Child Health, London, UK 

Water is essential for life and maintaining optimum levels of hydration for health is important for all age groups. However there are lots of mixed messages about how much, and what to drink, which can be confusing for consumers.

Is it true that tea and coffee do not count towards my fluid intake?

What is the best way to stay hydrated during exercise?

How much fluid do children and older people need?

The answers to these questions and more were discussed at the British Nutrition Foundation conference on hydration and health in central London on 11 November 2010.

This one-day conference included presentations from expert speakers, as well as an opportunity to hear invited original communications from PhD students and academic researchers presenting the latest research on hydration and health. Some of the presentations from the day are available to download below.

The programme was as follows:

10.00        Introduction
Bridget Benelam, BNF

10.15        Hydration in infants and children
Vanessa Shaw, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK

10.45        Maintaining hydration in older adults  
Prof Patrick Ritz, CHU de Toulouse, Université Paul Sabatier, France

11.35        Hydration and physical activity
Dr Susan Shirreffs, University of Loughborough, UK

12.05    Hydration and consumers; messages and mis-messages
Catherine Collins, St Georges Hospital, UK

13.35    Short communications session – introduction from chairs
Prof Ron Maughan and Dr Jane Holdsworth

13.45    Beverage consumption in 9-13 year old children
By Tara Coppinger, presented by Dr Sue Reeves, University of Roehampton

14.00    Water consumption in free-living adults
Ejlal Al-Jalili, University of Loughborough, UK

14.15    Drinking habits and drivers of consumer choice in a representative sample of the Portuguese population
Patricia Padrao, University of Porto, Portugal

14.30    Assessing hydration status in the work place
Stephen Mears, University of Loughborough, UK

15.05    Knowledge, attitudes and practices of sportspeople with respect to their hydration
Dr Karen Reid, University of Wales, Trinity St David

15.20    The use of bioelectrical impedance analysis in assessing hydration status of runners competing in a multi-stage ultra-marathon conducted in a hot ambient environment
Dr Ricardo Costa, Coventry University, UK

15.35    Clinical signs of dehydration in older people: a diagnostic systematic review
Dr Lee Hooper, University of East Anglia, UK

15:50    Conclusions – summing up what we know from research and what more needs to be done
Prof Ron Maughan, University of Loughborough, UK

16:20    Final remarks

Financial support for this event was received from the European Hydration Institute to enable the cost to delegates to be subsidised.

Audio podcasts
Some of the speakers presentations are available as audio podcasts to download below. To view the podcasts, right click on the link and select the option 'Save link as...':

Catherine Collins - Hydration and consumers; messages and mis-messages

Dr Susan Shirreffs - Hydration and physical activity

Vanessa Shaw - Hydration in infants and children


For more information on healthy hydration click here