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OPAL Healthy Lifestyle

OPAL Sugar Free Sports – expression of interest

OPAL Charles Sturt is excited to offer a partnership to implement the Sugar Free Sports program. Aussie kids are getting more than 40% of their calories from unhealthy food and drinks, and many sugary products also contain a cocktail of additives and colours that can impact on children’s behaviour, concentration and sleep long after the game. Furthermore, many sweet drinks contain so much sugar that they practically undo the health benefits of playing sport in the first place- just look at how long it takes the average 10 year old to run off the following drinks:

OPAL - Run off the Calories

The Sugar free Sports program helps kids to get most from their game by combining physical activity with healthy foods and drinks. The program is simply about promoting water and fruit during game time. To date around 50 organisations across SA have committed to the program, and we are looking for more partners to come on board.

What we ask:

  • Strongly encourage water (in place of sweet drinks) drinks during game time
  • Offer only fruit (in place of lollies) during game time
  • ‘Game time’ is defined as the time spent on the field under duty of care of the coach, for example approximately 5 mins prior to the game until 5 mins after the game.

What OPAL can offer:

  • A small grant of $400 for time taken to implement the policy ($200 at commencement and $200 upon documenting the policy in your club’s rules or code of conduct)
  • Support with consulting with members, coaches and parents
  • Information sessions to parents/ kids / committee members on sugar and sports
  • Merchandise to assist promoting the message-water bottles, posters and fact sheets.

If you are interested in finding out more, please call OPAL Manager Camilla on 8401 1132 or click here to register your interest in the Sugar free Sports campaign.



Supporting Charles Sturt to eat well and be active.

What is OPAL?

OPAL Vitality logoOPAL is a program that encourages everyone in your community to work together to create all kinds of ways to eat well and be active. Your OPAL Council Team at Charles Sturt are here to support and encourage positive changes in your local neighbourhood.

Children and adults who are active and enjoy healthy eating are more likely to live a healthy life. A healthy lifestyle can offer more energy and confidence, better sleep and greater wellbeing. Eating healthy and being active in your community are also great ways to have fun with family and friends.

How is OPAL supporting Charles Sturt?

Your local OPAL Team based in Charles Sturt will work with you as well as a range of community groups – including schools, health services, Charles Sturt Council and private businesses – with a range of projects that support you and your family to:

  • Grow and share your own fruit and vegetables
  • Get ideas and tips about cooking healthy meals
  • Have healthier meal choices when you are not at home
  • Be close to places that sell healthy and affordable groceries
  • Find it easier to walk or cycle around your local neighbourhood
  • Be active in your local parks or get involved with your local sporting clubs
  • Connect with organisations and services that support eating well and being active

Every 12 months a new fun and interactive OPAL theme will also be launched in your community - so keep a look out for opportunities to get involved!

To find out more about OPAL, visit or contact your Charles Sturt OPAL team on 8408 1132, or email OPAL Manager Camilla Leaver

OPAL EPODE Statement

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