City makes it easier to choose water

Visitors to key
recreation facilities in South Geelong will be able to quench their thirst
through the installation of new drinking fountains.

The City
received a $50,000 grant from VicHealth to place 11 drinking fountains within the
Kardinia Park precinct and John Landy Athletics Field.

The project has
seen the installation of:

– Four fountains in the Kardinia Park parklands (outside GMHBA Stadium);

– Four at Kardinia Aquatic Centre; and

– Three at John Landy Athletics Field.

Users can drink
directly from the fountains or use the bottle-filling taps to take water away with
them.

The project
follows an initiative by VicHealth, Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and Barwon
Water to install ten drinking stations within GMHBA Stadium.

The VicHealth
program aims to encourage people to choose water as a healthy alternative to
sugar-flavoured drinks.

With no added
sugar and no kilojoules, water is the healthiest option for hydration.

However, health
statistics show that people are not drinking enough water and are consuming
high amounts of sugar.

The City’s
Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2018-2021 showed that, on average,
Greater Geelong’s population consumed less water than the recommended daily
amount.

Data published
in the plan also indicated that about 35 per cent of Greater Geelong adults
drank sugar-sweetened beverages at least once a week.

The fountains
have been branded with the G21 region ‘Choose Water Every Day’ campaign
messaging, to encourage the community to drink water.

The regional
facilities were chosen due to their high visitation and use for organised
sporting events and recreational activities.

Kardinia Park
is home to community netball, cricket and football facilities, as well as
having passive recreational facilities such as playgrounds and a walking track.

Kardinia
Aquatic Centre is a popular destination for families and recreational swimmers,
hosting a large number of swimming carnivals over the summer months.

John Landy
Athletics Field is the birth place of Little Athletics in Australia.

It is a
training base for athletics from novice to elite standards and is heavily used
for athletics carnivals.

Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

This is a great
initiative, as water is clearly the best choice for your health and your hip
pocket.

The new
fountains make it easier for people to freely access water while they are on
the move and enjoying our quality recreation facilities.

VicHealth Acting CEO Dr Lyn Roberts

VicHealth is
proud to partner with the City of Greater Geelong to give locals access to
healthy, fresh drinking water. We want to make
it easy for residents to access tap water instead of sugary drinks. Water is
great for us, free and now even more accessible.

With nearly
two-thirds of Victorians currently overweight or obese, reducing your intake of
sugary drinks is one way to promote a healthier diet and improve health,
prevent tooth decay and help reduce plastic waste.

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