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Join Berkeley in becoming the most sugar savvy university!

Be sugar savvy, eat healthier, and feel better! Did you know that excess added sugar is linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and more? Be Well at Work -- Wellness Program (formerly known as Health*Matters) is collaborating with several campus partners on a Sugar Savvy Campaign to reach faculty, staff, and students.


21-Day Sugar Savvy Challenge

Most individuals are consuming 20 or more teaspoons of added sugar a day, more than double the recommended maximum of 6 tsp (100 calories) for women and 9 tsp (150 calories) for men. Take this 21-Day Sugar Savvy Challenge to help you kick the sugar habit and feel better, too!

This challenge has ended - however, you can use these resources at any time to take a self-guided Sugar Savvy Challenge! Available to all. Learn more.

15-Minute Presentations for Staff Meetings

For faculty and staff

Scheduled by request.

A condensed, 15-minute version of the Sugar Savvy Webinar, ideal for staff meetings. This presentation includes:

  • Interactive activity to gauge individual's sugar consumption
  • Mini poster with an action plan and resources
  • "I am Sugar Savvy!" key chain or button
  • Information about other Be Well at Work programs

Request a presentation by contacting us at wellnessfacstaff@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-4646

Past Events

School of Public Health: Expert Panel

Tue, Feb 23, 2016; 5:10-6:10pm
Morgan Hall Auditorium (room 101)

Kristine Madsen, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition
School of Public Health

Shawn LaPean
Executive Director
Cal Dining

Lauren D’Annibale and Kristin Cheng
Tang Health Worker Program

John Swartzberg, MD, FACP - Moderator
Clinical Professor, Emeritus
School of Public Health
Chair, Editorial Board
UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Hosted by UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Sugar Savvy Photovoice

Wed, Feb 24, 2016; 11am-2pm
Sproul Plaza, by Sather Gate

The Tang Health Workers tabled on Sproul to share their photovoice project and present an interactive activity. They also posted healthy tips in their living centers and continue to present their photovoice project to various groups on campus.

Take the Sugar Savvy Pledge at Crossroads

Thu, Feb 25, 2016; 5-8 PM
Crossroads Dining Commons

The Student Nutrition Advocacy Club tabled in Crossroads dining commons to promote the Sugar Savvy pledge and show off the new infused water station.

Sugar Savvy Day

Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Faculty, staff, students, and friends and family were encouraged to take the pledge to be sugar savvy on this day, in whatever way they chose! Ideas included:

  • Drink more water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Start the day with a savory breakfast, such as savory oatmeal, egg and avocado sandwich, toast with almond butter
  • Read labels for the many names for added sugar within the ingredient list on packaged foods
  • Enjoy seasonal fruit after lunch or dinner rather than dessert with added sugar
  • Eliminate or reduce the amount of sugar added to your coffee or tea
  • If you're really motivated -- for this one day, avoid eating or drinking any added sugar.

Sugar: The Newest and Bitterest Truth with Robert Lustig, MD, MSL

Mon, Feb 29. 2016; 12:15-1:15pm
Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business

Is sugar toxic? UCSF neuroendocrinologist Dr. Lustig presents his answer to this question in a presentation to kick off the 2016 UC Berkeley Sugar Savvy Campaign, which includes a one-day pledge, a 21-Day Challenge, and other activities. 

Dr. Lustig's many accomplishments and roles include:

Watch the recording.

Cosponsored by the Dean's Speaker Series and the Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business, and Be Well at Work -- Wellness Program.


Websites & Mobile Apps

Better Beverage Finder




Sugar Savvy Webinar (45 minutes), under Recorded Webinars

Reading material

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

New Food Label 2016

Cravings & Habits

Added Sugar & Health

  • Sugar Belly, Nutrition Action, Apr 2012, posted with permission from CSPI

Food & Drink


The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body

The Happiness Stand by CSPI

The Happiness Stand

Change the Tune by CSPI

Change the Tune