Second International ILSI North America Conference on Hydration and Health, November 15–16, 2011 – Miami Beach, Florida



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  1. Errata: Corrigendum Volume 71, Issue 2, 133, Article first published online: 28 January 2013

  • Disclosures and acknowledgments

  • Published as a supplement to Nutrition Reviews. Individual papers are based on presentations delivered at the Second International Conference on Hydration and Health held in Miami Beach, Florida, November 15-16, 2011. The conference was organized by the Hydration Committee of the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America) and was supported in part by educational grants from the Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Dr.Pepper Snapple Group, Nestle Waters, and PepsiCo. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and guest editors and do not necessarily represent the views of ILSI North America or the publisher, editor, or editorial board of Nutrition Reviews.

  • Author disclosure: see author disclosure for each individual paper.

  • This collection of papers was commissioned and financially supported by the Hydration Committee of ILSI North America. All nonindustry participants were offered reimbursement for their travel expenses and an honorarium for their conference attendance, presentation, and the preparation of a manuscript. For more information about the committee or ILSI North America, call +1-202-659-0074 or e-mail The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the view of ILSI North America.

  • The guest editors and authors gratefully acknowledge the support of ILSI North America and its Hydration Committee, which led to the development and preparation of the conference and this supplement. In particular, the committee wishes to thank Ms. Heather Steele and Ms. Pauline Rosen for their hard work in organizing the conference and supplement. ILSI North America is a public nonprofit scientific foundation with branches around the world that provides a forum to advance the understanding of scientific issues related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. ILSI North America carries out its mission by sponsoring relevant research programs, professional education programs, and workshops, seminars, and publications as well as by providing a neutral forum for government, academic, and industry scientists to discuss and resolve scientific issues of common concern for the well-being of the general public. The programs of ILSI North America are supported primarily by the ILSI North America industry membership.

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On November 15 and 16, 2011, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America Hydration Committee organized a second international conference on hydration and health in Miami Beach, Florida. (A first conference on hydration and health promotion was held in November 2006.) The 2011 conference featured experts in the field of hydration from the United States, Europe, and Asia, and attracted attendees from government, industry, professional organizations, and academia. The conference reviewed the available science on hydration and related health issues, highlighting new and recent research. The conference also provided a scientific discussion of the compilation of data on fluid intake as it relates to health, well-being, disease, and human performance. The meeting format featured formal presentations with discussion, and panel sessions that considered future steps and recommendations.

The goals of the conference were to present new research on fluid intake and the impact of hydration status on mental and physical markers of health and well-being, as well as to identify research needs to further understanding of the relationship between hydration and health.

The purpose of this supplement is to relate the key findings presented at the conference on the latest research and scientific knowledge as well as future research needs in the area of hydration.