An ambitious drive is under way in Australia to ban sugary soft drinks from concessions at swimming pools, community centers and other venues owned by local councils – and it’s spearheaded by the YMCA and Cancer Council.

The movement started in Victoria and is in reaction to a national health problem, especially among children. Stephen Bendle, YMCA advocacy manager, is urging local governments to take a leading role in fighting what he calls Australia’s obesity crisis by helping reduce the number of venues where sugary soft drinks are available.

Interestingly, the Cancer Council’s Victoria prevention director, Craig Sinclair, said the sweet drinks are available in vending machines and canteens at council facilities. But free drinking water is hard to find.

If advocates of this anti-sugary drink movement have their way, that will all change. Read More