Sugary beverages contribute to the obesity epidemic and are a top source of calorie in children’s diets.
That’s why our healthy restaurant kids’ meals effort is working to have healthy beverages be the default beverages offered to kids when they eat out.
But a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that of the 38 restaurants that had kids’ menus in the top national chains, 74% still included sugary drinks. This is a decrease from 83% in 2008 but we still have a way to go and voluntary efforts are moving slowly.
In our survey of Vermont parent this past fall, 89% of parents reported feeling concerned or highly concerned about sugary drinks.
It’s time to make the healthy choice the easy choice and remove sugary drinks from kids’ menus. Healthier children’s meals, with beverage offerings such as water, seltzer and low-fat milk, support families’ efforts to feed their children well and help children form healthy eating habits.
Tell your lawmakers you want nutrition standards for restaurant kids’ meals that include healthy beverages for kids. http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2018
Learn more about our efforts at: www.servingkidsbettervt.org