Healthy Meetings & Events at UC Berkeley
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a healthful, safe and inspiring place to live, work and study. The UC Berkeley Guide for Healthy Meetings and Events 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.
|Eat Well Berkeley Options for Meetings and Events|
UC Berkeley Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events
Everyone can help ensure meetings, events, potlucks and celebrations with food include the minimum guidelines to include fresh fruit or vegetables and water. Use the Guide to learn lots more.
Find the list of participating caterers featuring healthy menu items and links to their menus.
These shopping lists give options for healthier, prepared foods that can be purchased at popular stores when providing refreshments at meetings and events.
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|Physical Activity Breaks for Meetings & Events|
Instant Recess is a low-impact activity for use as a physical activity break at meetings and events (or in your workspace) that supports group participation with simple callisthenic movements done to music. Developed by Antronette (Toni) Yancey of UCLA's School of Public Health, Instant Recess is specifically designed for the workplace, accommodates all shapes, sizes and abilities, and is appropriate for large or small groups (or solo). This video below is 5-minute clip of Instant Recess to use for a physical activity break at meetings (or to get active in the office):
- Watch the online Instant Recess 5-minute video or borrow the Instant Recess DVD by calling Health*Matters at (510) 643-4646.
- Also see Toni Yancey's You Tube page for a variety of Instant Recess 10-minute videos including hip hop, African dance, Reggae, American Indian Traditions, sports-themes and lots more. Bookmark this page, find your favorites and have fun getting active in the office!
|Green Event and Conference Resources|
- Green Event Guide
Campus Green Event Certification and Resource Guide
- Planning Green and Healthy Conferences
This article reviews the 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference as a model for green and healthy conferences. Article includes a practical checklist for planning your own "green" and healthy conference.
- Signs for Waste Dispensers
Compost, recycling and landfill bins (pdf), a 4-page document of sign you can print and post to use at your events.
|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.
|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
Berkeley, CA 94704
Will accept all food donations. Please call to tell them you have a donation and they may be able to arrange to pick up food. Operates M-F, 9 am - 5 pm.
- 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
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. Website provides phone numbers and information about the types of food and leftovers accepted.
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