Warracknabeal gets drinking fountain after YCHANGe challenge

A NEW drinking fountain at Warracknabeal has been installed, following a health challenge in the town.

Yarriambiack Shire’s obesity prevention program, YCHANGe, ran a challenge to see if people could drink more water and less sugar.

The H30 Challenge started in March 2016 and the winning team was the Warracknabeal Rotary/Lions Club.

The clubs decided to use their prize money to install a water fountain in Warracknabeal’s Lions Park. 

GWMWater installed the fountain as part of its commitment to install Choose Tap drinking water fountains in towns in the region.

YCHANGe’s Jill Whelan said having the drinking fountain at the place were people were gathering and exercising was a great way to encourage people to drink more water.

“A can of soft drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar and water has none,” she said.

“Sugary drinks provide our bodies with nothing that we need – they’re bad for our teeth, our waistlines, and one can of soft drink a day increases our risk of diabetes by 22 per cent. 

“If you change just one thing to build a healthier you, give up sugary drinks or restrict consumption to once a week and you’ll see the benefits.”

Yarriambiack mayor Graeme Massey said it was important that residents maintain their health and wellbeing. 

“Equipment like this donated by GWMWater mean a lot to the livability of a small town,” he said.

“It’s also great to have the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the H30 Challenge and to congratulate the winning team for using their prize money to benefit the whole community.”