IHOP, Applebee’s to Eliminate Sugary Sodas from Kids’ Menu

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2015

IHOP, Applebee’s to Eliminate Sugary Sodas from Kids’ Menu

In response, Monifa Bandele, Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising released the following statement:

“MomsRising applauds DineEquity, the owner of IHOP and Applebee’s restaurant chains, for announcing today that they are removing soda as a default option on the kids’ menu at their restaurants. On behalf of our more than one million members, MomsRising has urged DineEquity and other chain restaurants to improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals by promoting healthier drink options for children. The voices of moms and families are being heard far and wide!”

“DineEquity now joins Dairy Queen, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway, Chipotle, and Panera in making this important first step. Currently, almost one in three young people are at risk for nutrition-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. Sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda play a unique role in promoting disease because they are the largest source of added sugar in children’s diets.”

“While we are encouraged by DineEquity and other restaurants taking this important step, we are still reaching for a future where restaurants do even more to offer healthy options for children and adults by serving whole grain rolls, providing more fruit and vegetable options, reducing sodium across the menu, and adopting a comprehensive policy to limit the marketing of unhealthy food to children. However, until that day comes, we are bolstered by these positive movements in the right direction and we will continue to make our voices heard on this important issue.”

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MomsRising partner organizations the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) also released statements on DineEquity’s decision to promote healthier drink options for children:

ICCR Statement

CSPI Statement

MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others. MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2013,Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list. MomsRising also maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.

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