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08 February 2017

Mayor says turn on the tap for the H30 Challenge


Switch to water for 30 days

Indigo Shire Council and VicHealth are calling on residents to sign up for the H30 Challenge and improve their health.

"The H30 Challenge costs nothing and could make a big impact on your life," the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said.

"A regular 600mL bottle of soft drink contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar and there are around 11 teaspoons of sugar in a sports drink.

"You wouldn't put this much sugar in your morning coffee yet many people are unknowingly consuming such high amounts on a daily basis."

VicHealth's H30 Challenge asks you to make a 30-day pledge to replace every sugary drink you would normally drink with water.

Sugary drinks include sugar-sweetened soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink iced tea, flavoured water and cordial.

Indigo Shire Council is one of 18 Victorian Councils VicHealth is working with this year to promote the challenge. VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter welcomed Indigo's involvement in the H30 Challenge.

"With some two-thirds of Victorians overweight or obese, reducing intake of excess kilojoules through sugary drinks is one way to promote a healthier diet and improve health, prevent tooth decay - and save money," she said.

To sign up, go to www.h30challenge.com.au and receive email updates, text messages, tips, tools and helpful advice to keep you motivated.



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For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Email jenny.oconnor@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 0417 126 409