by Dan Wolk
In 2015, as part of our Healthy Families Initiative, Davis adopted a groundbreaking ordinance making water or milk the default beverage in children’s meals at restaurants.
Its premise was simple: preserve consumer choice while combating, in sugary beverages, one of the leading contributors to childhood obesity. After all, according to studies, people consuming one or more sugary drinks per day have a 26 percent higher risk of developing diabetes and increases a child’s likelihood of being overweight or obese by 55 percent.
Despite the strength of the beverage industry, the ordinance was adopted unanimously by the City Council and its implementation has been smooth and with the cooperation of restaurants.
Now, Davis’ ordinance is serving as a model for a statewide measure. Introduced by Senator Bill Monning and sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the Latino Coalition for a Health California, Public Health Advocates, and the California State Alliance of YMCAs, SB 1192 would make water or milk the default beverage in children’s meals at restaurants throughout the state.
Davis has been a leader in a number of areas, from bike lanes to environmental sustainability. To this list we can add this ordinance. I ask our City Council and all concerned residents do what they can to support SB 1192. Public health advocates will need our help.
Please join me in supporting SB 1192.
Dan Wolk is a Davis resident and former Mayor of Davis