Watery competition promotes healthy habits

A STUDENT competition is helping to promote better health by encouraging people to make a simple change to their daily routines.

Run by the Clarence City Council, the ‘Choose Water’ competition is asking young participants to convince others to drink water instead of other less healthy options.

The program teaches people that drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst – it’s free and doesn’t contain sugar.

It is also better for the prevention of tooth decay, and the fluoride in tap water can help strengthen teeth and bones.

It’s hoped people will drink more water and learn of other benefits too, such as the cost savings of drinking water from a tap.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the competition was a fun way to get out an important health message.

“Drinking water can take a little bit of getting used to, but there are many benefits from making the change,” he said.

The initiative is a partnership with the Tasmanian Health Service, Public Health Services and Move Well Eat Well.

At the recent launch of the competition, students from Bellerive, Rokeby and Clarendon Vale primary schools shared ideas of what they do at their school to encourage people to drink more water.

Little Bee Early Learning Centre also shared information on how the centre is integrating drinking water into its daily childcare practice.

All students who live or go to school in Clarence are eligible to enter the competition, either individually or as a group.

There are three categories for each age group and entries need to promote and explain the theme “choose water as your drink of choice.”

Early childhood entries need to create a postcard, primary school entries need to create a poster and secondary school/college entries need to create a multimedia clip.

The winners from each category will be announced during National Water Week in October and will receive a gift voucher and a cash prize of up to $1000 for their early learning centre or school.

The winning entries may also be used in promoting the ‘choose water’ message in Clarence and across Tasmania.

Entries close on 7 September 2018.

For more information or to enter, visit www.liveclarence.com.au/choose-water-competition/

Caption: Students from Clarendon Vale Primary present at the Choose Water Promotion Competition launch.