Child Health

Columbus City Council Hears Testimony on Healthy Options for Children

December 8, 2020 | Ohio

Columbus City Council Hears Testimony on Healthy Options for Children

Columbus City Council Member, Prescilla Tyson, Chair of the Health Committee, invited The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio along with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to offer testimony focused on the importance of “whole child” wellbeing and the providing healthy options for flourishing lives. Council is considering legislation that would make water the default beverage for children’s meals throughout the city of Columbus. Our colleague, Katherine Ungar, met with city council on Thursday, December 3, 2020 and below is an excerpt of her testimony.

Good morning Chairperson Tyson and Health & Human Services Committee,

My name is Katherine Ungar and I am a Policy Associate with the Children’s Defense Fund- Ohio. I am honored to provide testimony in support of the healthy default beverage ordinance for our city.

CDF-Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization, based in Columbus, which serves as an independent voice for the wellbeing of our children. Our mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. We work to champion policies and programs that address the needs of the “whole child”, by supporting programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, ensure quality education, and provide children the opportunity to access resources to meet their health and nutrition needs. Read full Testimony here.