URGENT: Your Voice Needed! Yes on 6455!

Mar 5, 2020 by

URGENT: Your Voice Needed! Yes on 6455!

URGENT: Washington State is on the cusp of increasing access to healthy beverages for kids, but we need your help to ask the State House to approve this critical legislation. With just over one week remaining in the 2020 Legislative Session, time is running out for the legislature to pass the Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids bill (SSB 6455). This legislation ensures that the default beverage on kids’ menus at restaurants and fast food establishments is a healthy option – water, unflavored milk, or certain non-dairy milk alternatives. If approved, the default beverages on kids’ menus in our state will no longer include drinks like soda, 100% juice and chocolate milk that contain more sugar than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit for children.

Contact your State Representative TODAY and ask them to VOTE YES on SSB 6455 – the Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids bill.

  • The research is clear: Drinking sugary drinks regularly leads to increased risk of poor health outcomes including an increased risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, poor oral health including cavities, and more.
  • Each week, 85% of families nationwide report eating out an average of five times. This means that what a kid eats or drink is often determined by what is listed on a kids’ menu, and as of 2019, 61% of the top 50 restaurant chains nationwide had sugary drinks on their kid’s menus.
  • Even 100% fruit juice can contain more sugar than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit for children. Fruit juices and flavored milk are often perceived as a healthier option, but they can contain as much sugar and as many calories as sodas or other sugary drinks.

This is a simple solution that helps parents choose healthy drink options for their children when they eat out. Join us in asking State Representatives to put healthy drinks on the menu!

Click here to email your Representative!

You can also learn more about the support for this policy and the research that supports it by visiting our campaign website.Your Voice Needed to Support Healthy Drinks for Healthy Kids

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