We’re taking on a new policy effort to eliminate sugary drinks and set nutrition standards in restaurant kids’ meals. Only 3% of kids' meals options are healthy.
People are eating out more than ever. In fact, nearly half of all food dollars are spent on restaurant meals. That means kids in our community are eating many of their meals outside the home, positioning restaurants as a prime source of their nutrition. That’s why it’s so important that restaurant kids’ meals be healthy.
But right now, most restaurant children’s meals are too high in calories, fat, salt, and sugar, with too few whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. And when children eat out often and the options are unhealthy, kids are conditioned to eat poorly and assume eating unhealthy options is the norm and acceptable. A lifetime of eating unhealthy food can lead to serious health consequences such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
You can help us do something about this. Support our effort to eliminate sugary drinks and set nutritional standards for restaurant children’s meals. Time is of the essence; in the face of the obesity epidemic, we want our kids to be healthy now. With policies in place to ensure kids’ meals include healthy options, restaurants, the state, and families can work together to serve kids better.