Healthy Beverage Initiative

This program aims to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages at UC Davis and UC Davis Health campuses. 

UC Davis has disseminated a survey to the campus community to learn where more appealing options for drinking water is most needed. This survey will inform where water-filling stations should be installed at both UC Davis and UC Davis Health campuses. 

The project also includes the integration of signage, and an educational program to promote the benefits of drinking water. 


Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB) Explained

School and health systems across the US have begun to reduce or remove the  availability of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) including:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened teas and coffee Sport and energy drinks
  • "Fruit" drinks with added sugar

Why should UC Davis and UC Davis Health create SSB-free zones?

SSBs are linked to a number of health problems including Type 2 diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease.

  • SSBs are the #1 source of added sugar in the American diet.1
  • Diabetes costs California $37.1 billion per year.2
  • 1 in 4 young adults are pre-diabetic.3
  • The CDC estimates that by 2050, 1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.4
  • Just one SSB/per day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by 26%.5
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