As it warms up in the Geelong
Region this summer, choose water to quench your thirst. Drinking enough
water every day is the best option to keep the body hydrated
The Choose Water This Summer Campaign
is a collaboration between partner organisations in Victoria’s South West region – City of Greater Geelong,
G21(Geelong Regional Alliance), Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Golden Plains
Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Hesse Rural Health, Colac Otway Shire, Surf
Coast Shire, Barwon Water and Bellarine Community Health. The G21 region has a
population of over 320,000 and this increases
dramatically over the summer months.
The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar
has a commitment to
encouraging regular physical activity and healthy eating. More specifically,
the working group focussing on Water & Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs)
have committed to increasing water consumption and reducing consumption of
sugary drinks across the region.
Recent data published in the City
of Greater Geelong’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2018-21
Background Document indicated that
approximately 35 per cent of Greater Geelong
adults drink SSBs eitherdaily, once or several times per week, and as a whole Greater Geelong’s
population consumes less than the recommended amount of water per day (City of Greater
Geelong, 2018). So we are asking all residents
and visitors to Choose Water This Summer.
Water is the best choice for keeping the
body hydrated. It has no added sugar, no kilojoules and is not fizzy, so it is much better
for your teeth and for maintaining a healthy weight. Soft drinks are highly
acidic and this, along with high levels of added sugar, can damage teeth and
lead to tooth decay. Water is also essential
for brain function and can improve physical performance.
Keeping the body hydrated is essential
for good health. Dehydration can lead to feelings of tiredness, thirst,
weakness and 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).
Keep an eye out for the campaign logo
appearing across the region between January and
March 2019, and #choosewaterthissummer.