Council Member Kallos introduces bill that takes sugary drinks off restaurant kids’ menus
New York, NY, May 23, 2018 — The world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, the American Heart Association backs Council Member Ben Kallos’ bill designed to take sugary drinks off the kids’ menu in New York City restaurants.
The bill aims to make healthier drinks like water, low-fat milk and 100% juice the default option on kids’ menus. By passing this policy, New York City will join a growing number of cities setting healthy standards on kids’ restaurant menus to promote children’s health. Today, the majority of children’s meals at most restaurants are unhealthy. Although parents could still choose from any drink, this policy will help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
"The new normal should be healthy meal and drink options for our children no matter where they are eating, "said Council Member Ben Kallos."If we get this part down, at every food establishment serving kids it will make it much easier and simpler to raise happy healthy children."
“The truth is that New Yorkers are busy, and more and more, we depend on the convenience of restaurant meals to feed our families. That’s why it’s important that restaurants offer healthy options – especially for children,” said LeWanza Harris, MD, MPH, American Heart Association spokesperson and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Improving healthy options on restaurant menus can help improve diet quality and cultivate lifelong healthy eating behaviors, which can help children grow up at a healthy weight and promote lifelong heart health. Drinking sodas and other sugary drinks, like energy and sports drinks, is associated with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. We applaud Council Member Kallos for his vision for a healthier city and we encourage our Council leadership to move quickly on this campaign.”