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Thirsty? Choose Water!

Central Coast Local Health District

  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 May, 2017
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Niki Kajons

Childhood overweight and obesity is a significant public health issue. A key contributing factor to overweight and obesity in children is the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

This study aims to determine whether a behavioural intervention promoting increased water consumption and the provision of chilled water stations, alone or combined, increase water consumption and effects changes in in year seven secondary school students’ knowledge and attitudes and/or reduces the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

This study is designed to determine the effect of the “Thirsty? Choose Water!” behavioural intervention and the installation of chilled water stations. Sixty secondary schools will receive either:
1. Behavioural intervention
2. Chilled water stations
3. Behavioural intervention and chilled water stations, or
4. Neither intervention.

Collaborators: Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Health Protection NSW, Centre for Population Health