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Survey reveals community support to remove sugary drinks from sporting facilities

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The City of Greater Bendigo has received good feedback from the Water in Sport consumer survey with 139 responses received from individuals over the age of 15.

The Water in Sport project is an initiative of VicHealth and participating Councils that aims to make healthy choices easier in kiosks and cafes at Victorian leisure centres and sports venues.

The survey was promoted within the 10 Greater Bendigo sports and facilities currently participating in the Water in Sport project over a four week period.   The survey was developed by Deakin University and asked consumers and visitors who attend the sites for their feedback on the types of food and drinks available at the centres.

Survey findings:

  • 75 per cent agreed with the statement “sports and recreation centres have a responsibility to promote healthy eating”
  • 72 per cent of respondents believed that the community needs to implement changes to reduce sugary drink consumption
  • 54 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: ‘Removing sugary drinks from sports and recreation facilities will lead to reduced consumption in the community”
  • 50 per cent of respondents identified that sports and recreation facilities should help reduce the consumption of sugary drinks by either removing all sugary drinks from customer view
  • or limiting the amount of sugary drinks available for sale.

City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Matthew Kerlin said the City would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their feedback.

“We’ve had a good sample response which shows how supportive users of our sports and recreation centres are with having access to healthier food and drink options,” Mr Kerlin said.
“The feedback they have provided will help us to better understand the needs and priorities of consumers for healthier food and drink options across our municipality. All the feedback we have currently received will be used to inform future decision making and to make it easier for the community to make healthy choices.
“The results from this survey, strongly supports the current work underway to reduce sugary drinks in our 10 target sports and recreation facilities and it will better inform future healthy food and drinks initiatives.”
There will be opportunities for consumers to participate in a further survey in June 2019. 
For more information on the Water in Sport project, please contact Crystie Ballard on
5434 6000 or via [email protected]       

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