Assessing Beverages
Using NEMS-V

The vast majority of healthy people can meet hydration needs by using thirst as a guide.  The Institute of Medicine does not specify exact requirements for water, but set general recommendations for women at approximately 91 ounces (about 11 cups) of total water -- from all beverages and foods -- each day, and men an average of approximately 125 ounces (about 15 cups) daily of total water. (IOM, Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate. Consensus Report. Feb 11, 2004.)

Many offices have water fountains or water canteens. However, vending machines offer a variety of additional beverage choices. NEMS-V can assist your workplace in offering a variety of healthy beverage options.


View beverage coding critera.

View samples of beverages that meet green, yellow and red categories.

View suggestions on changing red foods to green.

nems logo


Mix it Up Poster