Healthy Meetings & 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.

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| Lactation Rooms |
Green Events | Campus Recycling Services | Berkeley Events Network |
Team Retreats |
Food Donations


UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide


UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide

Together, we can help ensure meetings, events, potlucks and celebrations include the minimum guidelines to include water and fresh fruit or vegetables. Use the Guide to host healthy meetings addressing .

Eat Well Berkeley Catering Program

Find the list of participating caterers featuring healthy menu items and links to their menus.

Shopping Lists


Shopping Lists for Berkeley Bowl, Trader Joe's,
Safeway, Whole Foods

These shopping lists give options for healthier, more natural, prepared foods that can be purchased at popular stores when providing refreshments at meetings and events.


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Cook Well Berkeley

Cook Well Berkeley provides healthy recipes, including potluck recipes such as the watermelon cake.


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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
  • Stretch breaks
  • Breathing/relaxation breaks
  • Movement breaks, including Instant Recess
  • Walking breaks, including walk 'n talk meetings

Eat Well Berkeley Template

Table Tent

Signage to Promote Healthy Meetings

Eat Well Berkeley signage templates you can customize, print, and display promoting your efforts at organizing a healthy meeting (PowerPoint).

Sign (8.5x11"): Display in a plastic holder

Foldable Table Tent: Print on cardstock for best results. Fold into thirds and secure with tape



Table Centerpieces

These no-cost, health-promoting table centerpieces are lovely, 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.

Vegetables (PDFs)

Grains (PDFs)


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Lactation Rooms for Participants or Speakers

Meeting organizers can refer requests for use of a lactation room to the Health*Matters Breastfeeding Support Program webpage to register for access.


Green Events and Conference Resources


Campus Recycling and Refuse Services

Lists of zero waste facilities and caterers, signs for recycling, composting, etc., and how to request zero waste bins for large-scale meetings.

Berkeley Event Planning

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:

  • 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.

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Planning a Team Retreat?

Health*Matters 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



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 droping-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.


  • 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 M-F, 9 am - 5 pm.

  • Daily Bread Project


  • Harrison House
    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. Operate 7 days a week, 9am-7pm.

  • Square Meals Project
    Phone: (510) 649-8154
    2607 Ellsworth
    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.










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