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Ten of Australia’s leading health and community organisations have today joined forces to call on the Federal Government to introduce a health levy on sugary drinks as part of a comprehensive approach to tackling the nation’s serious obesity problem.
8 March 2017: An alliance of Australian health and community organisations is urging kids to ditch sugary drinks to help stem the tide of the growing national obesity epidemic, before it starts to impact on the kidney health of a new generation.
16 February 2017: A Victorian advertisement depicting an infant drinking straight sugar from a bottle has been voted the most effective campaign to make young people aware of the health effects of sugary drinks by more than 700 primary and secondary school students across the country, as part of the Critics' Choice program developed by Rethink Sugary Drink.
8 February 2017: As many as one in four adults in some parts of regional Victoria drink sugary drinks every day, despite being a contributor to high rates of overweight and obesity.
24 October 2016: Leading health experts are urging students to avoid using energy drinks to fuel study sessions and exams as some products deliver an enormous 21 teaspoons of sugar and as much caffeine as two and a half espresso shots.
20 July 2016: A new digital campaign is using local Aboriginal sporting role models from the Victorian community to highlight the health effects of regularly downing sports drinks.
17 March 2016: The Rethink Sugary Drink alliance has commended the UK government for committing to introduce a tax on sugary drinks; and urge the Australian Government to investigate the effectiveness of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and to follow the UK’s lead.
16 December 2015: A new, thought-provoking video launched today shows how much exercise you would need to do to burn off your sugary drink habit – 52km of running each week in some cases!
3 August 2015: The health experts behind the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign are urging Australians to give their teeth a break and cut out sports drinks for good as part of Dental Health Week.
7 April 2015: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 2-3 years are three times more likely to drink soft drinks than non-Aboriginal children, new figures have revealed.