Actress/producer/director, Eva Longoria, dropped by the Burbank YMCA today to host a special event. Longoria was there to encourage kids to drink more water. Also, the event was to celebrate the donation of thousands of Brita water filter pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations nationwide. This three-year commitment is designed to give kids participating in before and after school programs “… access to clean, clear, filtered water,” according to a news release. Brita’ donation continues its involvement with organizations fighting childhood obesity and promoting healthier lifestyles for kids.
Brita is a major supporter of the “Drink Up” campaign, which promotes water as the drink of first choice for everyone. It’s a collaboration between the private sector organization Partnership for a Healthier America and the PHA Honorary Chair, First Lady, Michelle Obama.
“As one of the nation’s largest providers of childcare and after school programs, it is critical that we help our kids enjoy a healthier future – and this means making healthy choices the easy choice,” said Dr. Matt Longjohn, senior director of chronic disease prevention at YMCA of the USA, in the release. “We are very grateful to Brita for their donation, which will give more Ys the ability to make water the beverage of choice and help us achieve our ultimate goal of being among the healthiest provider of childcare programs nationwide.”
More than 50 youngsters from the Burbank Y summer camp program got to take part in today’s event. They all received special Brita filter bottles and got a few lessons on how to load them with extras like grapes, raspberries, and slices of apple, cucumber, lemon, and kiwifruit.
The event host rose to stardom on the hit TV series, “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012). Since then, Longoria has been very busy with a number of projects including executive producing the Lifetime dramedy, “Devious Maids” and working on the Hulu animated series, “Mother Up.”