City of Davis Passes First in Nation ‘Kids Meal’ Healthy Beverage Requirement
by Dr. Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
DAVIS, CA, May 27, 2015… “The city of Davis took a bold stand for children’s health last night and in so doing established itself as a national public health leader. While communities all over the country wrestle with the disastrous consequences of growing childhood obesity and diabetes epidemics, Davis drew a line in the sand. The city council showed the powerful role cities can play by passing an ordinance requiring restaurants to serve water or milk as the default beverage in children’s meals. This means that the healthy beverage choice is now the easy beverage choice in D avis restaurants.
Sugary drinks are the single largest source of excess calories in our kids’ diets, providing nearly half of their daily sugar intake. Studies have shown that having just one sugary drink a day increases a child’s risk of becoming overweight by nearly 60 percent. Since restaurants are responsible for about a quarter of children’s caloric intake, this policy will be particularly effective in fighting the childhood obesity crisis.
Instead of receiving soda without requesting it, parents will now have to ask for soda specifically if they want to serve their child liquid candy instead of a healthy beverage. Studies have shown that most parents will stick with the healthier option, protecting their children from the long-term chronic health problems associated with sugary drinks, like diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.”
Read the full ordinance here.
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization at the forefront of solving the obesity and diabetes epidemics by advocating for groundbreaking policies that build a healthier California. The Center has played a leading role in removing soda and junk food from public schools, passing California’s landmark restaurant menu labeling law and advocating for dozens of other statewide and local policies to help Californians make and access healthier choices. For more information about CCPHA and the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages, visit: www.publichealthadvocacy.org.