Sugar-sweetened beverages are responsible for alarming health and economic burdens. So UBC Wellbeing – in collaboration with a Food and Nutrition Working Group – explored options for a Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI).
Students performed SEEDS research to map beverage consumption at the Vancouver campus, interviewing and surveying over 400 students to understand behaviours and gather community input. And a Sustainability Scholar further explored how best to develop an evidence-informed HBI strategy.
Following UBC Executive approval, UBC Food and the AMS have committed to making impactful changes to their operations to support three core actions: 1) encouraging drinking water consumption; (2) promoting healthier beverage choices within our community, and; (3) modifying our environment to support healthier beverage consumption.
A research team will study their effectiveness.