Greater Geelong City Council

02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2018 17:22

VicHealth funding to help reduce soft drink promotion

The City has received a grant from VicHealth to support reducing the amount of soft drink promotion in City-operated leisure centres.

The funding will help the City implement its Healthy Choices - Sugar Sweetened Beverages Strategy to reduce the proportion of sugary drinks on display in fridges and increase promotion of water as the drink of choice for health.

In 2018, the display of soft drinks will be reduced to less than 20 per cent of fridge space in the City's leisure centres to encourage people to opt for water.

Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:

This strategy is about making sure water is displayed more prominently in our leisure centre fridges, while reducing the proportion of sugary drinks on display - encouraging people to make healthier choices.