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H30 Challenge

The sweet benefits of canning sugar

News Article Date: 
Monday, 9 May 2016

Council has jumped on board VicHealth’s H30 Challenge and is offering residents both health incentives and great prizes to switch sugary drinks to water for 30 days.

A 2013 health survey showed that more than one in eight adults in Warrnambool drink soft drink every day. This was an increase of almost three per cent since 2011.

The H30 Challenge aims to kick-start healthier habits, promoting water as the drink of choice for 30 days. Sugary drinks such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice, flavoured waters and cordial, are generally packed with way too much sugar and can contribute to weight gain, tooth decay and increased health risks.

While VicHealth wants to see all Victorians drinking more water and less sugary drinks, the H30 Challenge is targeting young adults 18-34 years, who are some of the highest consumers of sugary drinks.

Council will be promoting the H30 Challenge to workplaces, sporting clubs and post-secondary education providers such as Deakin University and South West TAFE.

By making a switch from sugary drinks to water in the long term, you could:
• Help maintain a healthy weight (or even lose weight)
• Reduce waste (by using a reusable bottle)
• Reduce the risk of tooth decay
• Save around $1500 a year if you drink tap water (instead of a 600ml sugary drink bought daily)

In addition to the health benefits, if you sign up to the Warrnambool campaign during May you could also win $1000 worth of travel vouchers or one of six FitBit Zips (smart pedometers)*

So how do you win?
1. Choose a start date in May that suits you
2. Sign up at
3. Commit to switching sugary drinks to water for 30 days

For more information and tips to help you switch visit:

*Conditions apply – winners will be randomly selected from all residents who sign up to the H30 Challenge on or before the 31st May 2016. To be eligible for prizes, you must live in the City of Warrnambool (municipality) and must be 18 years or older.

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