FOOD AND WATER
Food is a complex issue and includes everything related to UBC Okanagan’s food system from healthy food options, to food insecurity. Previous VOICE research been used to influence new food contracts and provide decision makers with facts.
Campus health initiatives have ensured available drinking water in every building on campus with appropriate signage indicating the water has been treated.
Healthy Beverage Initiative
UBC Wellbeing Scholar, Morgan Alford, and Campus Health Voice team conducted a survey at UBCO to assess attitudes toward healthier beverage choices and consumption patterns. In June 2018, 438 campus community members completed the survey.
Based on findings the following interim recommendations were made to guide the implementation of the Healthy Beverage Initiative on UBCO’s campus:
- Provide healthy alternatives to sugar sweetened beverages at competitive prices in all food outlets and vending machines.
- Install more complimentary water-bottle refilling stations and improve the maintenance of existing water stations to address concerns about poor quality water.
- Investigate accessibility to quality drinking water in campus residences.
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The Campus Health Voice students conducted a survey at UBCO to assess student attitudes toward healthier beverage choices and consumption patterns
Did you know that students are one of the most vulnerable populations in Canada for experiencing household food insecurity? What exactly is this issue faced by 40% of your UBC peers?
VOICE student co-researchers, Kimberly Rutledge and Desiree Amaral, joined 70 students from across Canada at the National Student Food Summit held at McMaster University.
UBC is planning a Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI) to encourage the campus community to choose healthier beverages