Parents in West Dunbartonshire are being encouraged to ensure their children’s back-to-school regime includes a key item – a reusable water bottle.

Health and nutrition expert Amanda Hamilton is supporting a drive by Scottish Water to remind both parents and children of the benefits of taking a reusable water bottle to use at school.

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The best-selling author said: “Encouraging children to have a regular water intake throughout the school day is a vital aspect of maintaining good health and a healthy learning environment.

“It has been proven that through drinking water and staying hydrated children are more attentive and focused during lessons for longer periods of time.

“We are lucky to have safe and delicious water from the tap, we should all be making the most of it.”