DineEquity brands Applebee's and IHOP announced they are removing soda as a drink option from children's menus.

The move was praised by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, which in 2014, with allies such as MomsRising.org, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, launched a campaign to encourage all restaurant chains to remove soda and other sugar drinks from kids’ meals and menus.

“Soda and other sugar drinks promote diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and even heart disease, and a kids’ menu is no place for disease-promoting drinks,” says CSPI nutrition policy counsel Jessica Almy.

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