Baltimore restaurants are now officially excluded from sodas and other sugary drinks on children's menus, according to a city government that came into effect Wednesday.
Baltimore is now the largest US city and the first on the East Coast to insist on this type of action, said Shawn McIntosh, director of advocacy group Sugar Free Kids Maryland. Seven California cities and Lafayette, Colorado, have issued similar regulations, according to health authorities.
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Milk, 100% fruit juices, water and flavored or tingling water with no added sweeteners must now be the standard drinks for children's meals in Baltimore restaurants. Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the legislation earlier this year
The regulation aims to stop the overconsumption of sugary drinks in adolescents, which is considered a key factor in high rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes
"Taking empty calories from sugary drinks is a powerful one Changing lifestyles that can help our children become and stay healthy will help families make healthy choices a simple choice, "said Drs. Leana Wen, health commissioner from Baltimore in four Baltimore kids currently has at least one soda every day after Sugar Free Kids Maryland. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that every third schoolchild in the city is obese.
Baltimore restaurants that do not comply with the regulation will face a $ 100 fine, McIntosh said. She said restaurants have "hopefully boarded" and changed their children's printed menus, but they are not expected to have completely changed this counter until Wednesday.
"You need to at least stick a sticker, have signage" Your online menus need to be changed, because that's a simple fix. Therefore, they do not expect them to print any new menus until today, "she said.
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The "Healthy Beverages for Kid meals" regulation was rejected by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, and in an e-mail on Wednesday, Vice-President Melvin Thompson said, "Public policy that interferes with the details of restaurant operations is aggravating the business challenges facing city restaurants. "