NYC parents will soon gain support in the effort to feed healthy, nutritious meals to their kids once a newly introduced bill is passed. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos and co-sponsored by Council Members Stephen Levin and Corey Johnson would require that kids’ restaurant meals that include toys as incentives meet specific nutritional standards.
“Parents in New York City are fighting hard for the welfare of our kids,” stated Dr. Tara Narula MD, FACC – member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association NYC Advocacy Committee and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/North Shore LIJ. “We fight for the best schools, the best programs, the best environment. What we shouldn’t have to fight so hard for is healthy food in our restaurants. As obesity remains a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, restaurants should make it easier for us, as parents, to offer healthy, nutritious meals to our children. The healthiest option – one comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables and little unhealthy fat, sugar and salt – should always be the default option. Unhealthy foods should be limited in their accessibility so that it’s easier for our kids to grow into heart-healthy adults.”
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