UCR Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI)

October 16, 2019
Julie Chobdee
Wellness Program Coordinator
UCR Smoke/Tobacco-free Policy Committee
October 16, 2019

Spearheaded by UC President Napolitano in 2016, the Healthy Campus Network (HCN) is a robust network of diverse coalitions on all 10 campuses who work together to promote individual campus and systemwide changes to promote a culture of well-being by focusing on upstream public health measures. The HCN promotes innovative reforms in all dimensions of health and well-being “to make UC the healthiest place to work, learn and live” and is the ideal platform from which to launch the “UC Healthy Beverage Initiative” (UC HBI).    

The UC Healthy Beverage Initiative aims to improve access to tap water as a healthy alternative to sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and provide the opportunity for UC campuses to create healthy beverage zones and make strides towards reducing sugar sweetened beverages.

Unhealthy diets, such as ones high in added sugars, are a major contributor to the development of preventable chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity and its related cardiometabolic conditions (e.g., non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), such as soda, sports drinks, sweetened juice, and sweetened coffees and teas, are the main source of added sugars in the American diet.

UCR HBI’s goal is to improve access to tap water as a healthy alternative to SSBs along with implementing signage and messaging to promote healthy hydration. Your feedback is important to us as we develop out intervention.


We Want Your Feedback

UCR HBI Survey – Please complete by Oct 30, 2019

Please take 5 minutes to complete the UCR HBI Survey. The goal of the survey is to:

  • Assess current use of drinking foundations and hydration stations on campus
  • Beliefs about tap water
  • Awareness of water fountains and hydration stations on campus
  • Ideal locations for water access on campus

Please take the survey here  Those completing both the pre and post intervention survey will be entered into a raffle for one of several gift cards.


Attend a Focus Group and Receive $10 gift card for your time

We’d like to invite you to participate in a focus group to get feedback on your existing knowledge, desires and recommendations for improvements to water access on campus. The UCR Healthy Campus team will be facilitating the focus groups and seeking feedback from the campus community. You will receive a $10 dining dollar gift card for your participation and healthy snacks will be provided.


Faculty: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in Hinderaker 3117

Students: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 4pm – 5:30 pm in Hinderaker B0154

Staff: Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 12 pm – 1 pm in Hinderaker 1127

If you are interested, please contact healthycampus@ucr.edu.