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Assessing the Implementation of Kids’ Meals Healthy Default Beverage Policies in the State of California and City of Wilmington, Del.

Authors: Allison Karpyn, Lorrene Ritchie, Phoebe Harpainter, Laura Lessard, Marisa Tsai, Jesse Atkins, Kathleen McCallops, Tara Tracy, Gail Woodward-Lopez, Wendi Gosliner

August 2020

HER Default Drinks Brief

There is clear and consistent evidence that reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) would improve kids’ health. SSB consumption is closely tied to increased risk for developing overweight and obesity, getting dental caries, and potentially developing insulin resistance among children. In response, many government entities have enacted a range of policies intended to limit kids’ SSB consumption and encourage healthier choices.