Choose Water This Summer

As it warms up in the Geelong Region this summer, choose water to quench your thirst. Drinking enough water every day is the best option to keep the body hydrated #choosewaterthissummer

The Choose Water This Summer Campaign is a collaboration between partner organisations in Victoria’s South West region – City of Greater Geelong, G21(Geelong Regional Alliance), Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Golden Plains Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Hesse Rural Health, Colac Otway Shire, Surf Coast Shire, Barwon Water and Bellarine Community Health. The G21 region has a population of over 320,000 and this increases dramatically over the summer months.

The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar has a commitment to encouraging regular physical activity and healthy eating. More specifically, the working group focussing on Water & Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) have committed to increasing water consumption and reducing consumption of sugary drinks across the region.

Recent data published in the City of Greater Geelong’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2018-21 Background Document indicated that approximately 35 per cent of Greater Geelong adults drink SSBs eitherdaily, once or several times per week, and as a whole Greater Geelong’s population consumes less than the recommended amount of water per day (City of Greater Geelong, 2018). So we are asking all residents and visitors to Choose Water This Summer.

Water is the best choice for keeping the body hydrated. It has no added sugar, no kilojoules and is not fizzy, so it is much better for your teeth and for maintaining a healthy weight. Soft drinks are highly acidic and this, along with high levels of added sugar, can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay. Water is also essential for brain function and can improve physical performance.

Keeping the body hydrated is essential for good health. Dehydration can lead to feelings of tiredness, thirst, weakness and lethargy. The senses become weak and psychological reaction times will be impaired. Water is the best choice for hydration and therefore swapping sugary drinks for water can help to improve health and wellbeing for everyone (WHO 2015).

Keep an eye out for the campaign logo appearing across the region between January and March 2019, and #choosewaterthissummer.


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Page last updated: Monday, 6 May 2019
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