The American Heart Association and our partners are committed to helping children grow up at a healthy weight, came close to passing a policy to remove junk food marketing in schools in New Hampshire.
While the bill did not pass, we made great progress in gaining support among lawmakers that there are public policy solutions to improve the nutrition environment for kids. Kids are consuming too much sugar and prefer less nutritive food items to healthy choices. One reason kids form unhealthy food and beverage preferences is the powerful marketing of junk foods directed at children. A recent public opinion survey of NH voters found 2/3 support limiting advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages in schools. We will continue to press lawmakers to pass policies, like this, which improve the environment where our children learn, live and play.