RE: Request for Signature on AB 2084 (Brownley)
I am writing to respectfully request your signature on AB 2084 (Brownley), which would ensure that healthy beverages are served in child care.
Given the increasingly important role child care plays for millions of working families in California, we must ensure that these children enjoy healthy nutrition environments while in care. AB 2084 (Brownley) helps to do this by establishing guidelines for the beverages served in child care that are consistent with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
You have been an effective champion in the fight against childhood obesity by sponsoring and signing legislation establishing higher nutrition standards for the food and beverages sold in schools. Those standards have made a difference in the fight against childhood obesity. A study released this month in the journal Pediatrics reports that after implementation of those higher nutrition standards, obesity levels among California students in grades 5, 7, and 9 began to level off and even decrease slightly.
Yet too many young children enter school already at an unhealthy weight (nearly 25 percent of children ages two to five are overweight or obese). To help prevent this, AB 2084 (Brownley) would extend to child care settings standards similar to the effective beverage nutrition policies in our schools.
For these reasons, I ask for your signature on AB 2084 (Brownley).
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