21 February 2013
Ounce of prevention update
Welcome to the first newsletter for 2013. At Council Council we've kicked off the year with the launch of the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign so this month we focus on reducing sugary drink intake. We look at Mani's successful weight loss after giving up sugary drinks, we share our tips for reducing your sugary drink intake, and we take a look at how New York City is trying to curb its sugary drink intake. We also review the Victorian government's plan to tackle the alcohol and drug toll.
Success story: Rethink sugary drink and reap the benefits
Mani is a 21 year old personal trainer. But he wasn't always so fit and healthy. After a break up with his girlfriend two years ago, Mani realised his lifestyle wasn't that healthy and set out to make some changes, including reducing his sugary drink intake.
Mani shares his story with us.
Behind the news: Soda wars - downsizing in New York
New York was one of the first US cities to propose a tax on sugary drinks - it was never implemented. However, in recognition of the problem of overweight and obesity among NYC residents, the city health department has a strong focus on addressing this issue.
The latest element of their campaign has raised the ire of a number of groups and is now being challenged in court.
Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition provides us with an insight of what it's all about.
Advocacy: Reducing the alcohol and drug toll in Victoria
Alcohol remains one of the major causes of preventable death and illness in Australia and it is a growing issue in Victoria.
This month, the Alcohol Policy Coalition welcomed the release of the new alcohol and drug strategy by the Victorian Government entitled Reducing the alcohol and drug toll; Victoria's plan 2013-2017.
Find out why the report is significant.
How to: Go sugary drink free
Sugary drinks, such as soft drink, sports drinks, cordial and energy drinks, are a major culprit in Australia's obesity problem.
Cutting out sugary drinks is a great way to reduce your kilojoule intake, and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Shona provides some tips to help us cut back on sugary drinks.