Making milk the top choice for Minnesota’s kids

Legislators held a press conference this week to announce a bill to make healthy beverages, like water and milk, the default option in kids’ meals served at restaurants in the state. Not only is milk the state beverage, but the dairy industry is a major component of our state’s economy. This bill would help promote the importance of milk in a child’s diet and support this important industry. Health advocates agree; both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association support making milk a default beverage on children’s menus to help promote healthy habits in our children. Currently, more than 80% of the top 200 restaurant chains feature sugary drinks on their kid’s menus, which are the single leading source of added sugars in the American diet. This bill would help turn children away from these unhealthy drinks and encourage healthier habits that will follow them throughout their lives and into adulthood.

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