SODAS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO BE SERVED WITH KIDSMEAL IN NEW ORLEANS
Written by Rika C on January 9, 2023
The new year has brought a change to children’s fast food meals in New Orleans, as they now must come with a healthy drink, under a City Council ordinance aimed at reining in childhood obesity.
The Healthy Kids’ Meal Beverage Ordinance, passed last January, went into effect on Sunday and limits children’s meals to water, milk or 100% fruit juice as drink options. Businesses that do not adhere to this change will be fined $200 after third warning.
“We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugar in the diets of children, and excess sugar intake contributes to diet-related diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, later in life,” said Jeanie Donovan, deputy director of the New Orleans Health Department.