Advocating for Healthier Kids’ Meals in Chicago Restaurants
Parents lives are busy — That’s why it’s so important that restaurants offer healthy food and beverage options—especially for children. It’s time to #ServeChicagoKidsBetter!
- The majority of children’s meals at the most popular restaurants are unhealthy. They are packed with calories, salt, and fat.
- Children consume almost twice as many calories at restaurants compared to a typical meal at home.1
- To help parents, restaurants can offer water/milk, more fruit, vegetables, or whole grains and make sure the meals are not too high in calories, especially from excess fat and salt.
- Serve Chicago Kids Better Fact Sheet
- Voices for Healthy Kids: “Science-Based Rationale for Healthy Kids Meals” Fact Sheet
- Voices for Healthy Kids Website
Parents can Fight for Change:
Join the Chicago Kids’ Meals Parent Advisory Group
CLOCC is seeking volunteers to join our parent advisory group which will guide work to improve kids meals at restaurants in Chicago this year. We are looking for a diverse group of passionate parents to drive strategy around the issue here in our city. If you have children between the ages of 2 and 12, live in Chicago and are interested in volunteering, please complete this form.
Facts About Eating Out with Children:
- Americans spend more of their food budget on foods prepared away from home than on foods at home.2
- 89% of parents report making a purchase from a fast-food restaurant for their children in the previous week.3
- In a typical day, 1 in 3 children eat foods/beverages from fast-food restaurants4
- In 2015, 10% of children obtained 25-40% of daily calories from fast food; 12% of children obtained more than 40% of daily calories from fast food.5
“Studies link eating out more with obesity, higher amounts of body fat, and higher body mass index. They also show that eating fast food meals often is associated with consuming more calories and saturated fat.” – American Heart Association