November 02, 2010
Contact: LinShao Chin 415-554-7413
Aide to Supervisor Mar
Supervisor Eric Mar’s Healthy Meal Legislation passes with a supermajority
The Healthy Meal Legislation sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by
toys or other youth focused incentive items. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation is co-sponsored by
Supervisors Campos, Chiu and Avalos and was supported by a broad coalition of grassroots
community organizations, parents and health professionals. Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Daly,
Dufty, Mar, Maxwell, and Mirkarimi voted in support of the legislation.
This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood
obesity. The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options. To provide an
incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have
beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.
“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San
Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “This is
a challenge to the restaurant industry to think about children’s health first and join the wide range of
local restaurants that have already made this commitment.”
The effective date of the legislation is December 1, 2011.