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.
Food & Beverage Choices Policy
This policy establishes nutrition standards for retail foodservice and markets, vending machines, Athletic concessions, and University-sponsored meetings and events to ensure accessibility of whole and fresh foods, provide healthier alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages, and engage positive communications promoting healthier choices.
It states that all university meetings and events with food or drink should include some nutritious and sustainable choices as outlined in the Healthy Meeting & Event Guide below.
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. This latest version was created in 2018.
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
Lactation Room for Participants or Speakers
Meeting organizers can refer requests for use of a lactation room to the Breastfeeding Support Program to register for access.
Green Events and Conference Resources
Sustainable and Just Catering
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.
The Food Pantry can receive prepared or packaged food that meets the following food safety requirements:
- Temperature Control: food stored at proper temperatures (under 45 deg F or over 135 deg F) and has been at room temperature (between 45 and 135 deg F) for no more than 2 hours.
- Transit time: The food is in transit for no more than 30 minutes.
- Preparation: Food that has been partially served or on a buffet can not be recovered. Food that has been stored and wrapped and not put out can be recovered.
- Dietary restrictions: food is labeled with any known common allergens (gluten, nuts, etc.) and is labeled if it is vegan, vegetarian or contains meat.
- Labeling: please let us know where the food is coming from and when it was produced.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 exempts those who make donations of food and grocery products in good faith to nonprofit organizations (including UC Berkeley) that feed people who are hungry from liability for injuries arising from the consumption of donated food.
There are two ways to get the food to the pantry:
- If you are able to drop off the food, you can drop it off during the Pantry open hours. Location: MLK Student Union # 68, B-North (enter across from Cal-1 Office and do down the stairs/elevator). Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10AM – 7PM; Tuesday and Friday: 11.30AM – 7PM; Saturday and Sunday: 10AM – 2PM.
- Coordinate a pick-up with our food recovery team if you have a large event (minimum of 40 attendees). Contact email@example.com for details.