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Rethink Sugary Drink is a partnership between Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation.

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Why are we concerned about the amount of sugar in soft drinks and sugary drink overconsumption?

Because the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (e.g soft drink, sports drinks) is associated with increased energy intake and in turn, weight gain and obesity. It is well established that obesity is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.  

And Australians are big consumers of sugary drinks. In 2006, Australia was among the top 10 countries for per capita consumption of soft drinks.  

By highlighting the amount of sugar in sweetened beverages such as soft drink, energy drinks and sports drinks, we're hoping to encourage Australians to rethink their sugary drink consumption and switch to water, reduced-fat milk or unsweetened options.

The three health organisations have signed a consensus statement with a series of recommendations around tackling the overconsumption of sugary drinks.

Rethink Sugary Drink is supported by the Australian Dental Association Inc, Dental Health Services Victoria, Kidney Health Australia, Nutrition Australia, Obesity Policy Coalition, Stroke Foundation and VACCHO.

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The Australian Dental Association is committed to improving Australians' oral and general health – for this to be possible, the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages must be significantly reduced. Artificially sweetened or ‘diet’ soft drinks must be limited as well since they too can cause tooth erosion.
 Dental Hygienists Association of Australia The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) is an advocate for preventive oral health. As the peak body representing Oral Health Practitioners, the DHAA promotes oral health through education, research and policy advice. Reducing the consumption of sugary beverages is necessary for limiting the burden of tooth decay in the population, and the DHAA is proud to support the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign.
 Dental Health Services Victoria logo Sugary drinks can cause severe health problems for children and adults alike. In fact, sugar sweetened drinks are associated with tooth decay and erosion, obesity and type 2 diabetes, just to name  a few. That’s why Dental Health Services Victoria is passionate about helping the community to Drink Well. Drinking healthier alternatives (fluoridated tap water and reduced-fat milk for example) to sugary drinks will help maintain healthy teeth and mouths and reduce the risk of developing other chronic diseases associated with poor drink choices.
Kidney Health Australia is a national health care charity with a vision 'to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease'.  As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia promotes good kidney health through delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support. Kidney Health Australia is passionate about reducing the amount of sugary drinks consumed by the Australian public. Drinks containing sugar may cause or worsen health related problems, and should therefore be avoided and replaced with water.
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Just one can of soft drink a day could see you drink over 70 teaspoons of sugar each week and gain 6.5kg of weight every year! Sugary drinks are a major contributing factor to overweight and obesity, and tooth decay in Australia. That's why Nutrition Australia is proud to support a campaign that inspires all Australians to choose water and Rethink Sugary Drinks. 
 Obesity Policy Coalition logo The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) aims to influence change in policy and regulation to help stem the rising rates of overweight and obesity in Australia, particularly in children. The OPC supports policy interventions to help reduce consumption of sugar sweetened drinks including supply in schools, workplaces and other settings; pricing, and marketing promotions.
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The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works with stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community. We are the voice of stroke in Australia. Our mission is to stop stroke, save lives and end suffering.
VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal health in Victoria representing 27 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations around  Victoria.  We are a centre of expertise, policy advice, training, innovation and leadership in Aboriginal health. VACCHO champions community control and advocates for health equality and optimum health of all Aboriginal people in Victoria. Within VACCHO’s public health and research unit, the nutrition team is committed to preventing diet-related disease in the Aboriginal population. Reducing consumption of sugary drinks is a key component of this work.