Families are eating out more than ever these days, given our busy schedules and the growing affordability of restaurant meals. Eating out, which used to be a rare treat, has become a daily necessity.

In fact, Americans are now spending more of their food budgets on foods prepared outside the home than for foods at home. That means children consume about a quarter of their calories from eating out, and about 42% of children ages two to nine eat fast food on a given day.

Given their growing role in families’ diets, restaurants should do their part to support families and help make sure all of us—especially children—have healthy options.

The information throughout this site will help you talk to restaurant owners, community leaders, and decision makers in your town to make sure we take the right steps to serve kids better.

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Stockton passes ‘Healthy-by-Default’ Kids’ Beverage Ordinance

Earlier this month, the Stockton City Council passed an ordinance requiring either water or milk to be served as the default beverage in children’s meals.

 

ABC 10

August 31, 2016

Health Buzz: Kids’ Menus Improving But Not Enough

When it comes to kids’ meals, fast-food and full-service restaurants are doing better at reducing calories, a new study finds.

US News & World Report

August 31, 2016

New Restaurant Serves Healthy Meals With Prices Based On The Neighborhood

A new restaurant chain opening their first location in South L.A. this Saturday will offer healthy, grab-and-go meals.

LAist

August 31, 2016