Australian study shows sugary soft drink link with tooth decay

January 31, 2013
Allison Van Beers
AFN
THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Australian research, published online this month and to be published soon in the American Journal of Public Health,  has shown that the “consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) should be considered a major risk factor” for dental problems such as tooth decay and cavities.

According to the study, “caries [otherwise known as tooth decay disease or a cavity] was significantly associated with greater SSB consumption”.

Undertaken by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), which operates out of the University of Adelaide, the four year study involved 16, 508 children, aged 5 to 16 years old.

“Children who brushed their teeth less often and were older, male, of low Social Economic Status, from rural or remote areas consumed significant more SSBs”, notes the study.

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Australians urged to rethink sugary drinks

HEALTH organisations are trying to take the fizz out of Australians’ love of soft drinks.

January 17, 2013
The Australian

Along with the launch of a new TV campaign to warn of the dangers of sugary beverages, they’ve also proposed a tax on drinks with high sugar levels.

The campaign, Rethink Sugary Drink, which launches today, will encourage Australians to give up the soft drink habit and switch to water and reduced-fat milk.

The TV ad, borrowed from a similar New York campaign, is part of a call to action by the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation to stem obesity rates.

They have called for a government tax on sugary drinks and asked schools and non-government organisations to limit their sale and availability.

Cancer Council Australia public health committee chair Craig Sinclair said a regular 600ml soft drink contains about 16 packs of sugar.

Read more from The Australian

aquafil Water Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains

Water is essential for healthy living and is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances. Tap water represents value for money as it’s cheaper for the community than buying bottled water or other soft drinks.

The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Lord Howe Island Installs aquafil Refill Stations

January 14, 2013

aquafil refill stations helping save marine life

The ocean and coastline are home to a vast array of marine life. Life that is being threatened by the amount of plastic waste floating around the oceans. One way to reduce this waste is to reduce the sale of the single use water bottle. The aquafil range of water bottle refill stations and drinking fountains serve as a dynamic  educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources.

Lord Howe Island is a taking an active role in reducing the amount of plastic used on the island by charging a fee for plastic bags, promoting the use of Keg beer and installing aquafil water refill stations.

Lord Howe Travellers recently sponsored the installation of an aquafil water refill station at Lord Howe Island Airport. The Lord Howe Island Board assisted with free installation and two more aqua water refill stations are planned for major tourist spots on the Island.

The aquafil refill stations are to encourage people to use refillable water bottles and help protect seabirds and marine life affected by plastic pollution.

Not only is plastic waste an eyesore for tourists and beach goers, it also poses a serious risk to the seabirds and marine animals who are becoming sick and dying from ingesting plastic.

But it is not only residents and tourists causing this problem, it is people thousands of miles away who consume and dispose of plastic without realising the implications of their actions.

Read more about what is being done to reduce the the amount of plastic washing up on Lord Howe’s beaches…

US town bans bottled water

January, 3 2013
Hugh Radojev
TNT AU Magazine

A law passed in the town of Concord in the state of Massachusetts has made the serving of water in single-serve plastic bottles illegal.

This law which went into effect in the town over the New Year is aimed at targeting pollution from the dumping of plastic bottles in waterways and streams.

The ban is intended to encourage the use of tap water and as a result does not stretch to any other liquid that may be found in a plastic bottle such as Coke or Pepsi.

Indeed it says in writing that the law only, “applies to non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water.”

Jean Hill, an 84-year old activist devised the ban as a way of combating the rising number of plastic bottles being dumped in landfills.

Read more from TNT…

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The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

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