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Health Promot J Austr. 2010 Aug;21(2):114-9.

Evaluation of the 2008 NSW water campaign.

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  • 1Centre for Health Advancement, New South Wales Department of Health, North Sydney, NSW 2059.



The consumption of soft and other sweetened drinks is an emerging nutrition issue in Australia. In 2005-6, 63% of NSW children aged between 2 and 15 years consumed sweetened drinks (soft drinks, cordials or sports drinks) weekly, 33% of which consumed at least 6 cups per week. In 2008 NSW Health implemented the 'Water Campaign' to increase the proportion of NSW children up to 15 years of age who consume water in place of sweetened drinks.


A pre-post survey study design was used to evaluate the Campaign. Two telephone surveys of stratified random samples of 500 respondents each from the primary target audience (parents and carers of children up to 15 years of age) were conducted across NSW.


Fifty-three per cent of respondents in the post-survey said that they recalled the mass media Campaign when it was described to them compared to 19% in the pre-survey. There was an increase in parents' knowledge of the high sugar content of sweetened drinks and a decline in the reported consumption of sweetened drinks by boys.


Though modest in size and duration, the campaign was successful in achieving a number of campaign objectives, particularly changes in parent's and carer's knowledge and awareness of water related nutrition and reduced reported consumption of sweetened drinks among boys.

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