Kids' meal beverage policies require a healthy beverage option to be offered as the default beverage in restaurant kids' meals.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, beyond the federally-supported meals programs. In 2013, the USDA put forth the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, detailing the types of foods and beverages that may be SOLD in schools during school hours. The new beverages options allowed under Smarts Snacks in School are summarized in this USDA Issue Brief.
California: SB 12 and SB 965 (enacted in 2005) set up rigorous new nutrition standards for food and beverages offered at elementary, middle, and high schools.
- Los Angeles Unified School District Good Food Procurement Resolution - incorporates food policy that sets nutritional standards for food sold in schools, eliminates milk with added sugars and flavoring, and bans the sale of soda in vending machines, student stores, and cafeterias at LAUSD school sites.
- School Wellness Policies: According to federal law, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs must adopt and adhere to a local school wellness policy. Through the wellness policy, a school district can go beyond state and federal requirements and adopt stronger rules that - for example, restrict the sale or free offering of sugary beverages at all school fundraisers and events that take place on school property, or during non-school hours. For optional policy language, please refer to ChangeLab Solutions’ guide to School Wellness Policies below.
- Model School Wellness Policy , California-specific (ChangeLab Solutions)
- Model Healthy School Vending Policy (ChangeLab Solutions)
- Energy Drink Policies - Mini case studies (ChangeLab Solutions)
Under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, childcare facilities that receive funding under the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are required to make free drinking water available throughout the day and limit the fat content of the milk served to children aged two years and older. The USDA issued guidance for implementation of the water and milk requirements in 2011.
California: AB 2084 (enacted in 2010) requires new beverage standards be included in the licensing and regulation of childcare facilities. Under these beverage standards, clean and safe drinking water must be made available throughout the day, with the only other allowable beverage options being 1% or non-fat milk, 100% fruit juice (one serving per day only), and beverages with no added sweeteners.
- Healthy Beverages in Childcare website (California Food Policy Advocates)
- Nutrition Guidelines for Childcare Settings (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Best Practices for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments: A Guide for Self-Assessment and Policy Development (Network for a Healthy California and Contra Costa Child Care Council)
- Model Childcare Licensing Statute – contains short section on Nutrition Stds (ChangeLab Solutions)
- City of Boston, MA
Executive Order of Mayor Thomas M. Menino: An Order Relative to Healthy Beverage Options
- City of Baldwin Park, CA
Resolution: Healthy Policy Yields Healthy Minds
- City of Carson, CA
Resolution: Municipal Facility Food and Beverage Policy Guidelines for Vending Machines
- County of Los Angeles, CA
Policy #3.115: County of Los Angeles Vending Machine Nutrition Policy
- Model Food and Beverage Policy (PHA)
- Sugar Sweetened Beverage Toolkit for Parks and Recreation Agencies (PHAdvocates, CA Parks and Recreation Society)
- List of Local Beverage Policies in California (PHAdvocates)
- Healthier Vending for Municipalities: Guide and Model Vending Agreement (ChangeLab Solutions)