Rule could require Louisville restaurants to offer healthier kids meal options

LOUISVILLE Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville restaurants could be forced to make healthy changes to kids meals. Metro Council passed the new rule Thursday night by a 13-11 vote.

Kids meals would be required to offer healthy options that meet nutrition requirements. The change would also prevent restaurants from making the default beverage a soft drink and require it to be a healthier option, like milk.

Under the regulation, restaurants would have to offer a lean protein, a whole grain product, fruit or vegetables that are not fried.

Supporters like Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch said the change would help reduce the obesity rate among children and teach them better habits.

If parents want soda as a drink, they would have to ask for it. Restaurants would have to either offer the healthy option verbally or put it on the menu.

Parents like Jason Weeks say they already look for healthy options for their kids.

"Restaurants should offer that if they want to, but I don't know if they should be regulated to," Weeks said.

Restaurants would have 120 days to comply, but fines would not be issued for a year. Mayor Greg Fischer could veto the ordinance, but if he doesn't do so within 14 days, it will become law.

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