Choose Water Every Day

As part of the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar’s commitment to encouraging regular physical activity and healthier eating priority, the working group have committed to a collective group action focusing on increasing water and reducing sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) consumption in the G21 Region.

The ‘Choose Water This Summer’ campaign has been updated to ‘Choose Water Every Day’ and is a collaboration between G21, five local government areas, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe and Surf Coast Shire, local health services, including Barwon Health, Bellarine Community Health, Hesse Health, Colac Area Health and other partners, Barwon Water.

Why is water the best drink for good health?

Water is the best choice for keeping the body hydrated. It has no added sugar and no kilojoules, so is much better for your teeth and the waistline. Soft drinks are highly acidic and this, along with high levels of added sugar, can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay.

Drinking soft drinks and other drinks with added sugar, can lead to putting on excess weight or becoming obese, and this may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers (ABS 2014). 

Keeping the body hydrated is essential for good health. Dehydration can lead to feelings of tiredness, thirst, weakness, lethargy, the senses become weak and psychological reaction times will be impaired. 

Water is the best choice for hydration and therefore swapping sugary drinks for water can help to improve health and wellbeing for everyone (WHO 2015).

How can you support this campaign?

The Choose Water team have developed resources that can be accessed here. Please post, print and display where appropriate and use the hashtag #CHOOSEWATEREVERYDAY

For more information on Sugary Drinks go to: 

h30challenge.com.au

www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au

www.cancervic.org.au/healthyweight