Food and beverage companies spend nearly $2 billion a year marketing to children, impacting their food and beverage choices, diets, and health. Tell Massachusetts state legislators to support H.2333/S.1464 to protect children from the health risks of sugary drinks.
We need your help! Soon, the Illinois General Assembly will vote on legislation that would improve restaurant kids’ meals. Email the General Assembly today and tell them to vote YES on healthy children’s meals legislation. Healthy beverages should be offered as the first choice to young kids who are still developing eating patterns that will last a lifetime. This legislation will make it easier for parents to make healthy choices for their families.
Children eat about a quarter of their calories from restaurants. When kids eat out, they typically consume more calories, added sugars, and sugary drinks and fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than when they eat at home. Given the large role restaurant foods play in children’s diets and the high demand by parents for healthier options for their kids, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating for children.
Given the large role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and high customer demand for healthier options, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating by children. That includes taking sugary drinks off their kids' menus.