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Welcome to the Rethink Sugary Drink Critics' Choice

Critics' Choice is an initiative coordinated by Rethink Sugary Drink, a partnership between 13 health and community organisations, as part of a strategy to reduce sugary drink consumption among young people. By highlighting the amount of sugar in sugary drinks, 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.

Regular consumption of sugary drinks is bad for your teeth and can lead to weight gain, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart and kidney disease, stroke and some cancers.

We have nine advertisements from around the world for you to watch, a free teacher resource which aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education for Years 5 to 10, information and facts about sugary drink consumption and the opportunity for your students to vote on their favourite advertisement.

The objective of Critics' Choice is for students to view advertisements and think about the different issues surrounding sugary drink intake. Students are then encouraged to complete activities from the teacher resource and vote for the advertisement they think is most effective at encouraging young people to reduce their sugary drink intake. Students who vote will go into a draw to win one of three $500 sporting equipment vouchers for your school. Remember, the more students who vote, the greater chance your school has of winning.

  • Step 1:

    Watch the above showreel of nine advertisements on the health impacts associated with regular sugary drink consumption. Students then have the opportunity to be a critic by voting for the advertisement they think is most effective at encouraging students to reduce their sugary drink intake.
  • Step 2:

    Teachers are encouraged to engage students in discussion surrounding health implications associated with sugary drinks and complete activities from the teacher resource. The resource is aimed at upper primary and secondary students. It is up to the teacher to decide which activities are suitable for their students.
  • Step 3:

    Students submit their vote and go into the draw to win one of three $500 sporting equipment vouchers for your school.
    Voting has closed for 2016.

Note: It is recommended that teachers view the advertisements prior to use with students to determine suitability. It is also recommended that teachers familiarise themselves with school procedures for managing students who may become upset during the lesson.

Voting closed for 2016

However, you can still watch the ads.