Every 12months OPAL releases a new theme to run for the year. Themes can be either around healthy eating or physical activity. Previous OPAL themes have included:
Life Looks Brighter Outside
Give the Screen a Rest Active Play is Best
Make it a fresh snack
Think Feet First- Step, Cycle, Scoot to School
a Healthy Brekky is as easy as Peel, Pour, Pop
Cool fresh water used to be a favourite drink for kids - but nowadays there's so much choice in drinks and many are quite unhealthy.
Soft drinks, fruit drinks, cordial, flavoured mineral waters, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit juice all contain water but they also contain sugar and sometimes caffeine, so they are not good for kids to have everyday. If your kids regularly drink these instead of plain water it may cause tooth decay or they could put on excess weight. So limit swee drinks - and give your kids plain tap water instead.
Tap water is also good for your kids' teeth as in South Australia it has added fluoride that helps to prevent tooth decay.
Our bodies are made up of 50-60% water. That's a lot of water. Even when your kids aren't running around, their bodies are using it up. There's water in the air they breathe out, plus they sweat and cry. For their bodies and brains to work well - and for them to think clearly - the water needs to be replaced. It can come from the food they eat, like fruit and vegetatbles, from milk and other drinks.
As a family, if you swap bought drinks for free tap water, the savings will start adding up.
1 litre of cordial concentrate @ $5.00 per week = $16 per month
1 600ml bottle soft drink @ $3.70 per day = $104 per month
1 600ml bottle of sports drink @ $3.50 per weekend = $14 per month
2 litres of fruit juice drink (25% fruit juice) @ $4.50 per week = $18 per month
These changes alone could save your family 60kg of sugar (15,000 teaspoons) or $1800 each year !!