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    Bronze medallist joins fight against sugar

    Olympic pole vault athlete Eliza McCartney made headlines for her bronze medal and now she's using her platform to join the fight against sugary-drinks.

    28 October 2017

    Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney is taking a anti-sugary drink campaign to new heights.

    Ms McCartney is the new face of the Switch to Water Challenge which encourages people to switch sugar drinks for water.

    She has teamed up with the New Zealand Dental Association to get Kiwis to swap sugary drinks for water for the month of November.

    Dental treatments were the second biggest cause of hospital admissions for children last year and more than 6600 children under the age of 12 have ended up in hospital with a rotten tooth.

    NZDA President Dr Bill O'Connor says that sports drinks, fizzy drinks and "diet" versions of these drinks were a major risk to health.

    "We're also pushing the message that these drinks are highly acidic - each sip can erode or eat teeth away," he said.


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