Healthy beverages should be the default option in children's meals.
Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in kid's diets. While the American Heart Association recommends that children over age 2 get no more than 8 ounces of sugary drinks per week, they are consuming ten times this amount. This is putting our children at risk for developing chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. Children's menu meals often come with a sugar-filled beverage as part of the bundled kids meal. Removing sugary drinks as the automatic choice in restaurant kids meals is a great step towards reversing this trend towards overconsumption for children. This coming legislative session You’re The Cure advocates can encourage lawmakers to support children’s health by supporting a policy to remove sugary drinks from restaurant kids meals menus.