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The City of Berkeley's Public Health Division is proud to launch the Healthy Berkeley Program website (formerly known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Program).  The purpose of this website is to provide the public with additional information about the City's distribution of funding allocations to support community- and school-based strategies for reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and raising awareness about the harmful health impacts of sugar-sweetened beverages in children, youth, and adults in Berkeley. The City's strategies for reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and its impact on type 2 diabetes, obesity, and tooth decays in Berkeley include the following initiatives:

  1. Taxing the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley
  2. Establish a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts (SSBPPE) Commission 
  3. Fund community- and school-based initiatives to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley
  4. Organize direct public education including mass media campaign
  5. Collaborate with other jurisdictions and community partners.

NEWLY PUBLISHED! Berkeley Residents Buying Fewer Sugary Drinks and More Water Thanks to Soda Tax

The Berkeley City Council allocated 3 million dollars for community agency and Berkeley Unified School District funding in FY 2018 and FY 2019. Read Resolution No. 67,764 N.S. for more details.  

Get the Facts

Did you know half of all African American and Latino children will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime? In most cases, it is preventable. Excessive amounts of sugar can damage your body, triggering diabetes, obesity and dental caries. Find out what you can do to reduce type 2 diabetes, obesity, and dental caries.

Cut back on sugary drinks consumption. Click here for facts about sugar-sweetened beverages and consumption in America. .

Be Healthy, Choose Water!

 

Funded Programs

Since 2015, the Berkeley City Council has allocated a total of $5 million from its General Fund to fund community and school-based programs for reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley and to address the effects of such consumption; to fund public education campaigns; to evaluate program implementation and funded initiatives; and to support staffing and operating costs at the Public Health Division. Read more...

The Commission

City of Berkeley's Ordinance 7388-NS § 7.72, 2014 established the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts to make recommendations on how and to what extent the City should establish and/or fund programs to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley and to address the effects of such consumption. Read more...

 

 

 

Partner With us for a healthy Berkeley.

We can't do it alone. We encourage local businesses and restaurants, non-profits, medical professionals and others to join us by sharing knowledge, offering healthy food and beverage options, and promoting an active lifestyle.

Let's work together for a Healthy Berkeley.

 

Thank you to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for the initial funding

and to collaborative partners including: 

Healthy Food America, University of California Berkeley, Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC), Public Health Institute, and others.