An ambience of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die —the last day of the 90-day, Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true health care champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year.
Legislation would make Healthier Beverage Choices Easier for Kids’Meals
On October 16, 2017, City Councilmember Brandon Scott introduced the Baltimore City Healthy Kids’ Meals Bill to the Baltimore City Council. The bill is supported by Sugar Free Kids Maryland, a leading voice in Maryland’s fight against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay and the Baltimore City Health Department.
The proposed legislation would make water, milk and 100% fruit juice the default beverage option for all restaurants kids’ meals in the city of Baltimore. The bill will improve health for Baltimore City children by making the healthy choice the easy choice. Families would be able to order other beverage items upon request.