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Legislative Action Alert
November 3, 2010
SF Passes Landmark Healthy Kids' Meals Legislation!
Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the proposed Healthy Meal Incentive ordinance. Backed by a diverse coalition of caregivers, doctors, health officials, teachers, and community members, this landmark law sets much-needed nutritional standards for restaurant meals sold with toys or other youth-focused incentive items.
The law makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to require restaurants to meet set levels of calories, sugar, and fat, and provide a serving of fruits or vegetables when offering meals accompanied by toys. It follows on the heels of a similar measure passed in Santa Clara County earlier this year.
Strategic Alliance applauds SF Sups’ leadership and commitment to healthier food and activity environments. We encourage advocates to show your support by writing opinion pieces, pitching stories to journalists and penning letters to the editor.
Here are some angles you could cover in your response:
Learn more about SF’s landmark law by visiting Strategic Alliance’s Local Policy Database.
Select News stories on the SF Healthy Meal Incentive Ordinance:
SF Examiner Kids’ Meal Toys Taken From Tots
San Francisco Chronicle SF Fast-Food Toy Ban Gets Supervisors’ First OK
LA Times San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
Sacramento Bee San Francisco OKs Law Requiring Healthier Kids’ Meals
Get something in the news? Tell us about it.
The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity away from a focus solely on individual choice and lifestyle towards one of environmental influences and corporate and government responsibility. Current Steering Committee members are: California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit), California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) , California Project LEAN, California WIC Association (CWA), Child Care Food Program Roundtable, Latino Health Access, Partnership for the Public's Health, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, Samuels & Associates, and Public Health Law and Policy.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
The Strategic Alliance is currently engaged in building a broad and diverse statewide membership. To join or for more information, please visit us on the Web, www.eatbettermovemore.org, or contact Shakirah Simley at 510.444.7738 or Shakirah@preventioninstitute.org. And even if you're already a member, please forward this message on to your colleagues so we can continue to strengthen our coalition. Thank you!
The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and
physical activity - from a focus solely on individual choice and lifestyle,
towards one of environmental influences and corporate and government responsibility.