Drinking water to stay hydrated is the obvious choice. It’s clear we should do it every day. It’s clear it is the number one choice for kids at training and on match day and it is especially clear that it is the healthiest way to stay hydrated for all athletes.
GippSport and South Gippsland Water have partnered to promote water consumption at our grassroots sporting clubs by offering clubs free sports water bottles and a chance to have their canteen assessed in attempt to increase water consumption.
The facts around not drinking water are alarming. 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 adolescents in Australia are classed as overweight or obese. Sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) can have up to 16 teaspoons of sugar per bottle which is well above the recommended daily amount. Diets high in added sugar can lead to unhealthy weight gain and obesity, increase the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer in the future.
GippSport Program Coordinator Gene Parini is urging local clubs to be leaders of change, “Our sporting clubs are places we spend a lot of time at. For some they can be like second homes so promoting water consumption and having access to water is really important.”
South Gippsland Water are proud to support greater water consumption at clubs by providing the free sports bottles for teams across South Gippsland. “The bottles we’re providing are the team type that can be safely shared between team mates. It ensures if a player forgets their water bottle there is always one on hand”, explained Ros Griggs from South Gippsland Water.
GippSport is working with clubs throughout the 2016 season to review canteens and increase sales of water by making small changes that can have a big impact on people’s health. They would like your club canteen or sports facility to trial changes in how water is promoted and sold at the venue. You determine the change and they’ll support you to make it happen. Changes can include promotional material, price changes and sales analysis.
For clubs in the South Gippsland area to access drink bottles and express interest in the canteen trial you can contact Gene Parini on (03) 5674 6004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.