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Rethink Sugary Drink



Rethink Sugary Drink is a joint campaign by the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation that aims to raise awareness about the amount of sugar in sugar-sweetened drinks, and the associated weight gain from overconsumption.

The program aims to highlight the amount of sugar in different types of sugar-sweetened drinks including soft drinks, energy drinks, vitamin water, iced tea and fruit drinks, and to promote switching to consumption of water, reduced fat milk or other unsweetened options.

The program includes:

The three organisations involved have also released a consensus statement detailing their recommendations regarding the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in Australia.

This program is supported by Nutrition Australia, the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia, the Heart Foundation, and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

In July 2016 the Rethink Sugary Drink, the Sports Drinks are Gammin! campaign was launched for Victorian Aboriginal community people.

Abstract adapted from Rethink Sugary Drinks


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Related publications

Cancer Council Victoria (2016)

Sports drinks are gammin!.

: Cancer Council Victoria

The Rethink Sugary Drinks, the Sports Drinks are Gammin! campaign draws on the experiences of five Aboriginal athletes to encourage Aboriginal community members in Victoria (Vic) to drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The campaign was launched because the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (e.g soft drink, sports drinks) is associated with increased energy intake and in turn, weight gain and obesity. Also because obesity is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

In this video the five athletes talk about their experience using sports drinks and why they now choose water to hydrate their bodies.

The video was produced by the Cancer Council Victoria

Abstract adapted from Cancer Council Victoria

Cancer Council Victoria (2015)

You wouldn't eat 16 teaspoons of sugar, so why drink it?.

: Cancer Council Victoria

This video as part of the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign encourages Victorian Aboriginal community members to reduce their intake of sugar. Regular consumption of sugary drinks like soft drink can lead to serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dental problems.

Abstract adapted from Cancer Council Victoria


Last updated: 24 July 2017
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