Please urge restaurants to offer healthier kids' meals

Families eat out twice as often as they did in the 1970s, with children getting a quarter of their calories from fast-food and other restaurants. Given the growing role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and high rates of childhood obesity, providing children with healthier choices when eating out makes a difference.

Unfortunately, 97% of children’s meals at the top restaurant chains are unhealthy.  Children’s meals have too many calories, saturated fat and sodium, and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 

Please urge the top restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals.  Thank you.

 

Kids' meal

Recipients

  • Preston Atkinson, CEO of Whataburger
  • Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes
  • Samuel Beall, CEO of Ruby Tuesday
  • Emil Brolick, CEO of Wendy's
  • Stephen Carley, CEO of Red Robin
  • S. Truett Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A
  • Andrew Cherng, CEO of Panda Express
  • Greg Creed, CEO of Taco Bell
  • Steven Davis, CEO of Bob Evans
  • Roger Eaton, CEO of KFC
  • Steve Ells, CEO of Chipotle
  • Richard Federico, CEO of P.F. Chang's
  • John Gainor, CEO of Dairy Queen
  • David George, President of Olive Garden
  • Bernard Hees, CEO of Burger King
  • J Clifford Hudson, CEO of Sonic
  • Valerie Insignares, CEO of Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Linda Lang, CEO of Jack in the Box
  • Stuart Mathis, CEO of Quiznos
  • John Miller, CEO of Denny's
  • Hala Moddelmog, CEO of Arby's
  • William Moreton, CEO of Panera Bread
  • David Pickens, CEO of Red Lobster
  • Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's
  • Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Elizabeth Smith, CEO of Outback Steakhouse
  • Julia Stewart, CEO of IHOP
  • Zane Tankel, CEO of Applebee's
  • Donald Thompson, CEO of McDonald's
  • Kelli Valade, CEO of Chili's
  • Jeff Warne, CEO of Perkins

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Message

Please provide healthier children's meals

Dear [Decision Maker]:

A new report finds little progress in improving children's meals over the past four years. The percentage of children's meals that are healthy increased by only two percentage points between 2008 and 2012, from 1% to 3%.

I write to ask that you commit to providing children with healthier meal options at your restaurants by reformulating current menu options to reduce the amount of calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugars, offering more fruit and vegetable options, making the grains whole grain, and removing soda and other sugary drinks from the children's menu. If you are not already a member, I also urge you to join the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program.

Improving your children's menu will help give parents the menu options they want and need to feed their children healthfully. Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]