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.
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.
Read the executive summary here.
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