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Baltimore bans sugary drinks from kids' menus (CNN)

The Baltimore City Healthy Kids Meals Bill was signed by Mayor Catherine Pugh in April but went into effect Wednesday. Restaurants will be limited to offering children's meals with flat, sparkling or flavored water with no added sweeteners; milk or non-dairy alternatives; or 100% fruit juice. Parents can choose to order other drinks for their children, however. Baltimore's health department will enforce the law through its inspection process, and those restaurantsfound violating it could face a $100 fine.

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Baltimore bans sugary drinks from children's menus (cleveland.com)

odas and other sugary drinks are no longer an option on children's menus in the city's restaurants after a new regulation went into effect on Wednesday, according to reports. 

Baltimore is the first major city in the U.S. to take the action, NBC News reports. Several smaller cities have passed similar ordinances.

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New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus (AP)

Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday.

Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn McIntosh, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sugar Free Kids advocacy group. Seven California cities and Lafayette, Colorado, have enacted similar ordinances, according to health officials.

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Baltimore City Healthy Kids Meals Bill Becomes Law

BALTIMORE, MD (July 18, 2018) — Today, the Baltimore City Healthy Beverages for Children’s Meals bill (C.B. 17-0152) officially takes effect in Baltimore. Water, milk, and 100% fruit juice are now the default beverage options for all kid’s meals offered at restaurants in the city.

Baltimore Health Department honored as one of nation’s best (Baltimore Justice Report)

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) was named the 2018 Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The annual award recognizes local health departments for outstanding achievements in innovative public health and safety improvements.

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Baltimore law barring soda from kids’ meals takes effect (The Daily Record)

A Baltimore law took effect Wednesday requiring restaurants to include non-sugary drinks as the default option in kids’ meals.

Baltimore is now the largest American city and the first on the East Coast to implement such a measure, which is aimed at improving city children’s health.

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Baltimore becomes first major city to remove sugary drinks from kids' menus (NBC News)

Baltimore has become the first major city to prohibit restaurants from including sugary drinks on children's menus.

The measure, which went into effect on Wednesday, is intended to promote healthy habits in young children and their families by making the default kids' menu options water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices.

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Baltimore City Health Department Named Local Health Department of the Year

BALTIMORE (July 17, 2018) — The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has been awarded the 2018 Local Health Department of the Year – Large Category from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

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Rat video closes another Baltimore public market (The Daily Record)

Northeast Market is the second of Baltimore’s public markets to close in a matter of days following video of a rat in the building being posted.

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Baltimore's Northeast Market closes after video shows rats inside, days after same problem at Lexington Market (Baltimore Sun)

For the second time in less than a week, a viral video depicting vermin scampering about has led to the temporary closure of one of Baltimore’s public markets.

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