Sport and recreation facilities across Shepparton are taking up the challenge to encourage patrons to drink water and healthy drinks through the VicHealth Water in Sport program.
The program aims to improve access to and promote water and healthy drinks in all Council-run sport and recreation facilities. By doing this, it will make choosing a healthy drink the easy choice.
Greater Shepparton City Council was one of the eight selected councils to be awarded a grant from VicHealth to implement the 'Water In Sport' program.
Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Active Living David Booth said this small change can encourage consumers to make healthier choices simply by changing the placement of drinks.
“The aim is not to remove peoples choices as such, however to guide them into making healthier choices and consume more water – making the healthy choice, the easy choice,” said Mr Booth.
Many sport and recreational facilities tend to offer drinks with added sugar through their canteens, kiosks and vending machines. Drinking water instead of these sugary sweetened beverages is not only better for health, but incredibly important for hydration before, during and after playing sport and being active
Sugary drinks are currently the largest source of added sugars in the Australian diet. High consumption contributes to poor health, in particular, the increased risk of weight gain, some chronic diseases and an increased risk of tooth decay,” said Mr Booth.
Council-run facilities taking part in the program include SPC KidsTown, the Shepparton Sports Stadium, rural outdoor pools in Merrigum, Tatura, Mooroopna and Aquamoves Verve Café.
Now for some statistics:
In Greater Shepparton, 56.5% of residents are considered either overweight or obese, which is higher than the Victorian state average (50%).
The proportion of children with at least one decayed, missing or filled primary teeth (baby) or permanent (adult) tooth, attending public dental services are:
0–5 years (46 per cent)
6–8 years (70 per cent)
9–12 years (67 per cent)
13–17 years (74 per cent)