#DrinkMoreWaterYoufla - It’s Dental Health Week!
Apunipima is participating in a range of activities over the next fortnight to celebrate Dental Health Week (7-13 August) and community NAIDOC events.
Our staff will be talking about the link between sugary drinks and tooth decay, and promoting the messages #SugaryDrinksProperNoGood and #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla, part of Apunipima’s Healthy Communities social marketing campaign, which aims to reduce sugary drinks consumption among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York.
Apunipima staff will run activities with children and young people as well as hold health information stalls in Weipa, Napranum and Mapoon to promote the campaign messages.
‘The team will run a workshop for Western Cape College secondary students alongside Dr Matt More, Head of Dental Services for Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service in Weipa,’ Apunipima Health Promotion Officer Kiarah Cuthbert said.
‘We will be talking to young people about the amount of sugar in popular drinks, such as soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks and the impact of that sugar on your teeth and overall health.’
‘From there, we will head to Mapoon to spend time at the primary school yarning with kids about the sugar in drinks. We will also invite the kids to take part in a local art competition with the winner’s work used to promote the #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla message in Mapoon.’
‘Apunipima staff will then hold a health information stall at Napranum store and run an after school activity at Napranum PCYC, where young people will also have the chance to take part in a local art competition to promote the #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla message. These activities will be supported by Napranum Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Worker, Ernest Madua who will also be yarning with people about what smoking can do to your teeth and mouth.’
‘The winner of the Napranum art competition will be announced at Napranum NAIDOC event on Friday 18 August where Apunipima will also be holding a health information stall which will include a display showing people how much sugar there is in popular drinks like soft drink, cordial and juice.’