Healthy Drinks

North East Healthy Communities is supporting our member organisations to work together to create public places and spaces that promote healthy drink choices.

There is a direct relationship between high sugar consumption, long-term weight gain and increased risk of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes:

  • At a global level, dietary risk now surpasses smoking as the leading factor for global disease burden.
  • At a local level, communities across the north east catchment of Melbourne are recording above average rates of sugary drink consumption and rising obesity.

Our campiagn

Public sector collaborations are proving an effective way to drive positive change in health behaviors across local communities.

In Australia and internationally, healthy drinks campaigns focused on schools, workplaces, and community services are reducing the sale and consumption of high sugar content drinks by children and adults. North East Healthy Communities Members have formed a Healthy Drinks Alliance committed to implementing coordinated actions across the municipalities of Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik to reduce the promotion of sugary drinks and encourage water as drink of choice.


To work collaboratively to support healthy drink choices.


To trial initiatives and advocate for policy, regulatory and environmental reforms that reduce the promotion, affordability and availability of sugary drinks and promote water as drink of choice.


To follow key health promoting principles and practices (as cited in the Victoria Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015 – 2019 and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion) that guide and support preventive health collaborations and community-based initiatives.


Collaborative: we identify opportunities to work together to implement and promote coordinated actions across local community settings.

Strength-based: we work with existing resources and build on good practice to strengthen local initiatives promoting healthy drink choices.

Place-based: we prioritise opportunities to engage local service providers, client groups and at risk populations in the creation of public spaces that promote healthy drink choices.

Evidence-based: our strategies are informed by and build on evidence around the barriers and enablers of healthy drinks choices in a range of community settings.

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If you want more information about the North East Healthy Drinks Project please contact:

North East Healthy Communities


Tel: 9450 2614

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North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.