Healthy Meetings and Events
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a healthful, safe and inspiring place to live, work and study. The UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide represents a step toward that commitment by ensuring faculty, staff and students have access to healthy food and beverage choices at all campus-supported events serving refreshments.
UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting Guide
UC Berkeley is committed to ensuring healthier food and beverage options are available at campus meetings and events. The UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide provides you with guidance on including healthier food choices (whether you are using catering services, shopping at local stores, or hosting a potluck), tips to include activity breaks to help make meetings more productive, and additional resources for event planners.
Eat Well Berkeley Catering Program
Cook Well Berkeley
Activity Breaks for Meetings & Events
The Activity Breaks page provides numerous resources for event planners, as well as anyone fitting activity and relaxation breaks into their day. Get specific tips, exercises, and videos for:
Standing breaks for all types of meetings
Movement breaks, including Instant Recess
Walking breaks, including walk 'n talk meetings
Signage to Promote Healthy Meetings
Eat Well Berkeley signage templates you can customize, print, and display promoting your efforts at organizing a healthy meeting.
Sign (8.5x11"): Display in a plastic holder
Foldable Table Tent: Print on cardstock for best results. Fold into thirds and secure with tapeAbout the Healthy Meeting
About the Healthy Food
These no-cost, health-promoting table centerpieces are colorful and easy to make. Print in color on a heavy 8 1/2 x 11" white paper, cut along the dotted line and glue two sides together to form a cube. You can use them alone or place a vase with herbs, wheat or flowers in the middle.
Lactation Room for Participants or Speakers
Meeting organizers can refer requests for use of a lactation room to Be Well at Work Wellness' Breastfeeding Support Program webpage to register for access.
Green Events and Conference Resources
Green Event Guide: Campus Green Event Certification and Resource Guide
Signs for Waste Dispensers: Compost, recycling and landfill bins, a 4-page document of sign you can print and post at events.
Planning Green and Healthy Conferences: This article reviews the 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference as a model for green and healthy conferences. It includes a practical checklist for planning your own "green" and healthy conference.
Zero Waste Events
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services: Find approved zero-waste caterers and facilities and request zero-waste bins for large-scale meetings.
Networking Resources for Campus Event Planners
Berkeley Events Network (BEN)
BEN is a professional networking group that provides information on resources, tips, and policies of interest to UC Berkeley event planners. To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC Berkeley Event and Meeting Planning Certificate Program
This comprehensive training program for campus event planners is offered by University Relations with seminar leaders from University Events and Ceremonies.
For Team Retreats
Be Well at Work Wellness Program can help you plan a healthy retreat by providing planning consultation or an instructor-led activity break.
We also offer a hands-on cooking workshop for small groups of 10-12.
Contact us at (510) 643-4646 or Wellnessfacstaff@berkeley.edu.
Food Banks or Shelters for Donations
If you anticipate having leftover food from a meeting or event, some food banks or shelters may be happy to accommodate you and pick up your leftovers or provide directions for dropping off leftovers. Advance planning is helpful, as you may need to leave a phone message so that someone from the organization can get back to you. Details below are subject to change.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Phone: (510) 635-3663, ext. 358 or 341
Fax: (510) 635-5773
7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, CA 94621
Only accepts non-perishable items in unopened packages. Can provide information about other organizations that may accept your donation, depending on what type of food you have leftover.
Berkeley Food & Housing Project
Phone: (510) 649-4965
Fax: (510) 649-4982
2362 Bancroft Way, room 210
Berkeley, CA 94704
Only accepts non-perishable items in unopened packages and you must be able to drop off food. Operates Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.
Phone: (510) 525-0843
711 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Harrison House is a shelter located in Berkeley providing services for homeless individuals and families. They will accept all food donations and you must be able to drop off food. Operates 7 days a week, 9am-7pm.
Square Meals Project
Phone: (510) 649-8154
2607 Ellsworth Street #201
Berkeley, CA 94704
Will accept non-perishable food, fresh fruits and vegetables. Call for hours and to arrange for them to pick up your donation.
Find a list of organizations and programs that may accept your food donations. This page provides phone numbers and information about the types of food and leftovers accepted.