Healthy Children’s Meal Beverages

IAPO is advocating to serve kids better. Many kids are consuming 2-3 times the recommended amount of sugar every day. This can negatively impact their weight, mood and behavior today, while increasing their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes later in life – major health issues that disproportionately impact children of color in our communities.

House Bill 3490 and Senate Bill 1846 ensures restaurants provide unsweetened water, milk or 100% juice as the default beverages in children’s meals in Illinois. Among the top-50 restaurant chains that included beverages as part of their children’s meals in 2016, two-thirds include sugary drinks on their children’s menus. This legislation will help ensure healthy choices are available and included for free as part of the default children’s meal package.