An Intervention To Improve Personal Hydration

Faculty Sponsor

Rachel Murray

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Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-29-2021


It is well-known that water intake is a key element in maintaining good health. Regular water intake provides many health benefits. Conversely, depriving the body of water can quickly lead to dehydration and negative health outcomes. For several years I have been negligent in providing my body with adequate hydration, so the purpose of this research was to introduce an intervention to increase my daily water intake. My research was a single subject design (myself), so the findings will not be generalizable. I monitored my behavior to improve my daily hydration through increased water intake. I tracked data points on a daily basis and kept a tally of how many ounces of water I drank per day. I established a baseline of 7 days’ worth of data, and then began an intervention of being more mindful of my water intake and intentional about drinking more water. Approximately 3 weeks into the data tracking I employed an altered treatment which was the use of water flavoring in at least 1 of the water bottles I drank each day. This was to help decrease the monotony of drinking water and to assist in achieving the desired results.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Julie Vick is a junior Social Work major from Kouts, Indiana. Her goal is to be a social worker within a school setting. One of her projects for her spring semester class is single-subjects design research, and she chose to focus on a behavior she could track for herself. Adequate daily water intake has been a persistent challenge for her, so she decided an intervention to improving personal hydration would be her focus.

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