Frankston City Council is delighted to be one of eight Victorian Council’s to receive a VicHealth Water in Sports grant that will see increased promotion and availability of healthy choices at sports clubs canteens and kiosks.
Council is set to receive $84,000 in funding over two years to work with a Peninsula Health expert on increasing availability, access and promotion of healthy drinks at Council owned sport and recreation facilities and alongside local sporting clubs.
The initiative aims to encourage people to select water as the drink of choice by improving the access to water and other healthy drink alternatives in local sports and recreation facilities.
“By doing this, we are hoping that more people will be encouraged to drink water instead of harmful sugar filled drinks,” said Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton
A high consumption of sugary drinks acts as a major contributor to tooth decay, obesity and other health problems, with 15 per cent of Frankston City residents consuming sugary drinks every day.
“Council will be working with a number of sports and recreation facilities to make water more accessible, visible and available in canteens, kiosks and vending machines,” continued the Mayor.
“This complements the work we’ve already undertaken in partnership with Peninsula Health to create healthier environments for players, supporters and the community such as no smoking in sporting clubs and at sports reserves during games through the introduction of the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Smoke Free Charter.”
Local sports and recreation clubs involved in the initiative include:
- The Pines Aquatic Centre
- Jubilee Park – Frankston & District Netball Association
- Ballam Park Multisport Precinct – Ballam Park Athletics Centre, Peninsula Strikers Junior Soccer Club, Long Island Cricket Club, Karingal Football Netball Club and Karingal Bulls Junior Football Club
- Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve – Auskick, Carrum Downs Junior Football Club and Southern United Football Club
- Overport Park – Frankston Dolphins Junior Football Club and Baden Powell Cricket Club
From April 2018, Council will work with the clubs involved in the project to reduce the consumption and availability of sugar filled drinks on offer at facilities encouraging healthy choices such as water will be more prominently positioned in fridges. Promotional material will also be designed and featured around clubs encouraging water as the drink of choice.