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Healthy Beverage Initiative

Our UBC community members work and learn within a demanding, high-performance academic environment. Having access to nourishing food and beverages, and the necessary information to make healthy choices, helps them thrive. A Healthy Beverage Initiative is an important step towards changing our on-campus environment to better support their wellbeing. 

The Healthy Beverage Initiative is a collaboration between faculty, staff, student, and vendor stakeholders, to create a campus environment where it's easier to make healthier choices.  HBI supports the UBC Wellbeing Strategic Framework target to "reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by 50% by 2025". Through community engagement, the Food and Nutrition Committee identified three actions to support this target: 

Action 1: Encourage tap water consumption

Action 2: Promote healthier beverages choices in our community

Action 3: Modify our environment to support healthier beverage consumption


Background: Why a Healthy Beverage Initiative? 
  • What are sugar-sweetened beverages?
  • The not-so-sweet stats on sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Getting started with HBI 

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Action 1: Encourage tap water consumption

Explore and implement opportunities to adapt our environment to increase safe drinking water consumption.

Projects and Initiatives 

  • SEEDS sustainability projects 

Action 2: Promote healthier beverage choices within our community 

Create a campaign to encourage our community members to make healthier, more nutritious beverage choices, and promote drinking water.

Projects and Initiatives

  • UBC Drinks Tap Water Campaign 
  • SEEDS Sustainability Projects 

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Action 3: Modify our environment to support healthier beverage consumption.

Food service providers commit to making meaningful changes to the beverage environment to encourage healthier beverage choices.

  • Negotiating pouring rights contracts 
  • Modifying dining hall offerings
  • Vending at UBC


We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.