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Get Involved in the H3O Challenge

Golden Plains Shire Council is supporting VicHealth’s H30 Challenge. The H30 Challenge asks people to make a 30-day pledge to replace sugary drinks with water.

The aim of the challenge is to help establish healthier habits, with water becoming the main choice of beverage in the long-term. Sugary drinks include sugar-sweetened soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink iced tea, flavoured water and cordial. These drinks can contain up to 17 teaspoons of sugar!

The target for Golden Plains Shire Council is to have over 100 residents take up the H30 Challenge. A recent region profile revealed 18.4% of Golden Plains Shire residents are likely to drink soft drink daily compared to the state average of 12.7%.  One 600ml soft drink a day can equate to over 23kg of sugar each year. What’s more, dental conditions for children aged 0 – 14 years in Golden Plains Shire Council are almost double the state average and Type 2 diabetes rates within the Shire have almost doubled in prevalence over the last 10 years. 

By making a switch from sugary drinks to water in the long term, individuals can:
• Help maintain a healthy weight
• Reduce their risk of tooth decay 
• Reduce waste (by using a reusable bottle)
• Save around $1,460 over a year if they switch to tap water instead of a daily purchased beverage (based on the estimated price of $4 per 600ml soft drink bought daily).

How to participate in the H30 Challenge 
1.  Sign up at
2.  Choose a start date that is convenient for you
3.  Switch sugary drinks to water for 30 days and reap the rewards 

You’ll receive regular emails to keep you motivated along the way! 

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