Policy Summary

States that default beverages for children's meals in restaurants must be either water with no added sweeteners of any kind or milk (or a non-dairy alternative)

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Stockton
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Prohibits/discourages something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Children and youth. § 5.70.010.

Health-related goal?

Refers to dangers of childhood obesity epidemic and connection with SSB consumption; desire to promote healthy lifestyles for children and youth. (§ 5.70.010).

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Findings include reference to economic healthcare costs related to overweight and obesity in San Joaquin county. (§ 1, subd. 6).

Includes findings?

Families in the City of Stockton often have limited time and options to shop for and prepare healthy food, making dining out an appealing and sometimes necessary option; The City Council believes that limiting the sugary beverages offered with children's meals will contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of children and families in the City. § 1.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Recognizing the dangers of childhood obesity and the connection between this epidemic and sugar-sweetened beverages, the purpose of this chapter is to promote healthy lifestyles of the children and youth of the City of Stockton and to combat the childhood obesity epidemic by limiting the beverages offered to children and youth to healthy choices. § 5.70.010.

Includes definitions?

§ 5.70.020.

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

States that chapter is enforceable through use of Stockton's administrative citation procedures in another chapter. § 5.070.040.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Amends Title 5 of city code (Business Licenses and Regulations) by adding a new chapter 5.70.