Council hopes that water makes a splash

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FRANKSTON Council is one of eight Victorian councils receiving support from Vichealth to help make water the “drink of choice” at local sporting facilities.

Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said it was “time for parents to really think about what their children were drinking when they participated in local sport.”

 “It’s concerning to find that more than half the Frankston City population is overweight or obese and the dental health of children within the Frankston region is poorer than the Victorian average,” he said. 

“Most people attend a sports facility for their general health and fitness, so offering lots of sugary drinks is counterproductive to that and we’re finding the community support this.”

Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre,  Pines Forest Aquatic Centre, Frankston District Netball Association, Ballam Park Athletics Centre, Peninsula Strikers Junior Soccer Club, Long Island Cricket Club, Karingal Football Netball Club, Karingal Bulls Junior Football Club, Carrum Downs Auskick, Carrum Downs Junior Football Club, Southern United Soccer Club, Frankston Dolphins Junior Football Club, and Baden Powell Cricket Club will be participating in the program.

Cr O’Reilly said it will see “simple changes like reducing the size of sugary drinks, introducing sugar-free varieties, and ensuring healthy options like water are in the most prominent position in the drink fridges, ensures we’re on our way to a healthier Frankston.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 18 February 2019

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