Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has won a health promotion award for its efforts to reduce community consumption of sugary drinks.
BHS was recognised for its "Water, drink of Choice" project in the "Promoting healthy eating" category at the VicHealth Awards.
The initiative was driven by above average levels of sugary drink consumption in the Ballarat region, with one in seven residents consuming the drinks daily, and promotes water as the best drink of choice.
They say a can of soft drink contains as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar and leads to obesity, which can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Organisations participating in the initiative include Ballarat Community Health, Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership, City of Ballarat, St John of God Ballarat Hospital, YMCA Ballarat and the Western Victoria Primary Health Network.