Thirsty? Choose Water! is a research project led by the Central Coast Local Health District to examine the consumption habits, attitudes, and knowledge of secondary school students regarding water and sugar-sweetened drinks.
The project is being delivered to over 85 secondary schools from across five different NSW health districts, and received MRFF funding from NSW Regional Health Partners as part of the Rapid Applied Research Translation program.
CCLHD Health Promotion Director, Nicole Kajons, said the research will help shape
strategies to address the “worrying trend” of the high intake of sugar-sweetened drinks with more than half of NSW children aged 12-15 years consuming these drinks daily.
It recently gained media attention in the Liverpool City Champion newspaper featuring students from East Hills Girls Technology High School, who are participants of the Thirsty? Choose Water research project.