County Executive Baker signed a bill that expanded access to healthier foods and drinks in vending machines on public property in Prince George’s County, MD. This law required at least half of the snacks and drinks in vending machines to meet the full nutritional standards, and all items must meet the sodium and trans-fat standards and contain less than 200 calories per package.
In April, Baltimore became the 10th city to pass legislation that creates healthier beverage options for kids’ meal offerings after strong advocacy and leadership from the Sugar Free Kids Maryland, a grantee of Voices for Healthy Kids, The “Baltimore City Healthy Kids’ Meal Bill” ensures restaurants make the default beverage to water, 100 percent juice or milk for all children’s meals.
All licensed childcare center operators in Maryland must provide healthier drinks to children, give support to breastfeeding mothers and reduce non-educational screen time. This approach to achieving healthier childcare centers was part of a new requirement Sugar Free Kids Maryland was instrumental in passing to improve childhood health.