Sport settings are an ideal opportunity to "walk the talk" - or "run the talk"! - and promote water as the drink of champions.
Cigna Round the Bays did just that on Sunday when all walkers and runners had their hard work topped off with the right stuff - water and bananas. Water is the best way of hydrating and recovering from sport.
Gone are the days where participants' hard work was undone by being handed a sport or energy drink loaded with sugars. Recognising the strong links between these sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes, obesity and tooth decay, Sport Wellington chose to use the event as an opportunity to promote water in sport with water bottles at the finish line, a water tanker on site and water refill stations.
Healthy Futures were there too, further hydrating the runners and their support crews with our ice cold, fruit infused water dispensers and showing people just how much sugar is hidden in commonly sold sugary drinks, juices, flavoured milks and waters.
The World Health Organisation recommends a total of 3 teaspoons of added sugar a day for children, 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Showing people the 19.5 teaspoons of sugar in a 800mL bottle of ‘e Liquid Energy’ and the 13 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of Powerade helps people understand why water really is the best drink.
Congratulations Sport Wellington and Wellington City Council on your pro-water event. Providing environments where water is the easy choice helps protect our children from sugary drinks and the diseases they cause. Thank you from Healthy Futures and the children and families of Wellington for your leadership!