University of California Healthy Beverage Initiative

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Promoting the availability of a free, healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), namely tap water, is a critical component of reducing consumption of unhealthy alternatives like drinks with added sugar.


The UC Healthy Beverage Initiative (UC HBI) aims to support any UC campus interested in creating Healthy Beverage Zones across the UC system by improving access to and promotion of tap water as a healthy beverage and to educate about the health risks of SSBs. The first year will focus on education establishing beverage environment baselines, assessing campus readiness, building unity and securing tap water access as a free and healthy alternative to SSBs.


To install new or update existing hydration stations with bottle fillers and adding fun, interactive signage to destigmatize tap water consumption and create Healthy Beverage Zones at UC Davis.

Opportunities for Involvement:

No opportunities available at this time.

Recent Milestones:

The project leads have established beverage environment baselines, assessed campus readiness, and are beginning to build unity to secure tap water access as a free and healthy alternative to SSBs. The leads have established 10 locations to install new hydration stations and identified 12 areas that could use marketing materials to encourage water consumption. A student design team has designed marketing materials and signage and estimates for installation are being established with hopes that we can begin installation in spring pending COVID-19 setbacks.