Philadelphia is making healthy drinks the default option for kids’ meals. Read on to learn more about this exciting change!
Recently, the Philadelphia City Council passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Reynolds Brown (At-Large) that will require restaurants to make healthy drinks the default option for kids’ meal menus.
“Ensuring that these healthy beverage options are available to families is a step in the right direction toward the health and well-being of our City’s children,” said Councilmember Reynolds Brown.
According to this legislation, a restaurant that offers a kids’ meal must first offer a healthy beverage choice, including water or nonfat milk, rather than the fruit drinks with added sugar and sodas that typically come with the meals.
More than 60% of children in the United States drank a sugary drink on a given day in 2013-2014. And that adds up—17% of daily calories consumed by American children and teens come from added sugars, nearly half of which comes from drinks alone.
“With one in five children impacted by obesity, we need to continue the proactive approach to improve health disparities seen in our city,” said Jacob Zychick, Community Advocacy Director of the American Heart Association. “We believe this legislation is an important step to improve the healthy options that many families purchase in our city and would make the healthier choice the easier choice for many.”
Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the legislation next week. Stay tuned for updates!
Want to make progress in your community? Check out our Healthy Kids’ Meals Toolkit.