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*.
*Victorian Population Health Survey 2014
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.
We identify opportunities to work together to implement and promote co-ordinated actions across local community settings.
We work with existing resources and build on good practice to strengthen local initiatives promoting healthy drink choices.
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.
Our strategies are informed by and build on evidence around the barriers and enablers of healthy drinks choices by children and adults in a range of community settings.
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If you want more information about the North East Healthy Drinks Project please contact:
Healthy Drinks Project Manager
North East Healthy Communities
Tel: 9450 2616
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.