Get Soda off Restaurant Children's Menus

McDonald’s recently announced it would no longer list soda on the kids’ meal section of its menu board.  Subway, Chipotle, Arby’s, and Panera also have taken soda off their children’s menus.  But still, most of the top chains, including Wendy’s, Burger King, and Chili’s, still promote sugary beverages as a part of their children's menus.  Will you help us change that?
Girl Drinking Soda
While taking soda off the menu is not the only improvement needed to make restaurant children's meals healthier, soda and other sugar drinks uniquely promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of calories in children’s diets and provide nearly half of their added sugars intake.  Drinking just one sugary drink each day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese by 60 percent.

Please take a minute to ask the top restaurant chains to take soda off their kids’ menus. If McDonald’s can do it, so can they.  

Recipients

  • Michael Archer, CEO of Applebee's
  • Preston Atkinson, CEO of Whataburger
  • Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Randy Kibler, CEO of Bojangles'
  • Linda Lang, CEO of Jack in the Box
  • Stuart Mathis, CEO of Quiznos
  • Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's
  • Ricky Richardson, President of T.G. I. Friday's
  • Wyman Roberts, President of Chili's
  • Salli Setta, CEO of Red Lobster
  • Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Elizabeth Smith, CEO of Outback Steakhouse
  • Jeff Warne, CEO of Perkins

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Message

Please take sugar drinks off your children's menu

Dear [Restaurant Chain Executive],

I write to ask you to remove soda and other sugary beverages from your children's menu and instead promote only healthier beverages, like low-fat milk and water, with your children's meals.

Soda and other sugary drinks promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of calories in children's diets and provide nearly half of their added sugars intake.

Families eat out twice as often as they did in the 1970s, with children eating about a quarter of their calories at fast-food and other restaurants. Given the growing role of restaurant foods in children's diets and the high rates of childhood obesity, restaurants should do more to help children eat better and to make it easier for parents to feed their children healthfully.

McDonald's recently announced it would no longer list soda on the kids' meal section of its menu board. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's, and Panera also are not offering soda as a beverage option on their children's menus.

I ask that you take the same step, and not include soda and other sugary drinks on the children's menu. If McDonald's can do it, so can you.

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