What we eat and drink impacts our health, but we tend to eat what is easily available. To help children and families eat healthy and decrease their risk for heart disease and diabetes, the American Heart Association aims to make healthy food and beverages available in public places.
Last month, You’re the Cure advocates helped pass a policy to make food offered at city-owned buildings and facilities healthier, including vending machines, cafeterias, concession stands and meetings. Nutrition labeling is required on items, as well as limits on calories, sodium, sugars, trans fat and saturated fat. Additionally, at least 50% of beverages must be water, milk or 100% juice.
This effort is about ensuring that healthier foods and beverages are available in public parks, recreation centers, libraries and other state and city buildings. This small change can lead to better health and can help save money for all of us.
Restaurants, supermarkets and many other businesses are listening to their customers and making healthier foods and beverages more available. We’re thrilled that Savannah, Georgia is doing the same!