Wednesday, September 10, 2008

An Important Step in Getting Families Nutritional Info They Need

Today my colleagues on the City Council voted unanimously to support my proposal to direct the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance requiring some restaurants post nutritional information on their food items in their menus and on menu boards. The proposed ordinance is similar to one drafted by Los Angeles County and would require restaurants with 15 or more locations throughout the state post such information. With obesity, diabetes and other related health problems on the rise throughout our nation, particularly with our children, I felt strongly that something needed to be done. Studies have shown that when given nutritional information such as calories and fat content at restaurants, people will eat less. This ordinance will give families the information they need to make healthy choices when eating out. A State Senate Bill addressing this issue is currently sitting on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk. My colleagues and I on the City Council urge him to sign that bill.