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H3O Challenge officially launched in Wellington Shire

Issued: 
March 8, 2017

The Wellington Shire H3O Challenge was officially launched at the Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) cafeteria in Sale on Wednesday 8 March by Councillor Darren McCubbin and CGHS Chief Executive Officer Dr Frank Evans.

To encourage residents from across the Shire to swap their sugary drinks for water over 30 days, Wellington Shire Council has partnered with CGHS, Wellington Primary Care Partnership, Yarram & District Health Service and GippSport​ to promote the VicHealth H30 Challenge.

CGHS Chief Executive Officer Frank Evans said it was important for them to partner in the H3O Challenge. He said: “As a health service, it is essential that CGHS demonstrates leadership in health promotion. That’s why our aim is to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

“We will support and promote the H30 Challenge across all our sites and services as part of our Healthy Choice guidelines to address cardiovascular disease and obesity.

“We are in the process of drawing up plans to refurbish our cafeteria to support new healthy product lines and some small changes have already occurred in the cafeteria, such as the removal of all soft drinks and the inclusion of special healthy lunch events,” concluded Dr Evans.

The H3O Challenge is not a fad diet and it costs nothing to take part. All people have to do is commit to switching sugary drinks for water for 30 Days. Water is the best healthy choice and is good for us. It helps with digestion and lets us absorb the nutrients and hydration we need to live as well as providing a whole heap of other benefits.

Councillor Darren McCubbin, said: “We all know that consuming too much sugar through sugary drinks can have an adverse effect on our health.

“For many year’s we’ve been told about the health benefits that comes with drinking water, from keeping us hydrated, to assisting with digestion and aiding weight loss. So, take a step towards changing your habits and sign up for the Wellington Shire H3O Challenge today.”

Sign up now at h30challenge.com.au/lga/wellington.

Once you have signed up online, your personalised dashboard will keep you on track. It will tell you how many kilojoules, teaspoons of sugar and cash you’ve saved since starting the challenge. You’ll receive email updates, text messages, great prizes, tips, tools and helpful advice. Challenge yourself today and find out how easy it is to feel better in just 30 days.

There are also 3 x $500 vouchers up for grabs. All you need to do is be registered for the challenge and post a social media photo showing how you are choosing water over sugary drinks with #H3OWellington.

Further information is available by contacting the Coordinator of Social Planning and Policy on 1300 366 244.

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