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07/02/2013 01:33 pm ET

Christine Quinn Kids Meals Proposal Would Hold Restaurant Chains To Same Standards As Schools

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Although she opposes the soda ban, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, if elected mayor, she would hold kids meals at restaurant chains to the same nutritional standards as school lunches.

The New York Post reports that under Quinn's plan chains such as McDonald's would be mandated to make their kids meals meet the same USDA standards for meals served at elementary schools.

Federal guidelines restrict school lunches to 650 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat and 740 milligrams of sodium.

One Applebee's kids offering-- grilled cheese with fries-- delivers a whopping 1,210 calories 2,340 milligrams of sodium.

"The best way to ensure we have healthy adults is by developing healthy kids and while we have been making great strides in New York we still have a long way to go,” Quinn said at the Union Square Greenmarket on Monday. “As mayor, I want to prioritize children’s health and instill, at a much younger age, healthy behavior.”

The announcement is in line with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's infamous "nanny" health initiatives, which include restricting trans-fat, cracking down on junk food, and of course, the soda ban.

Quinn assured however, her proposal would not interfere with New Yorkers' choices.

"You’ll still be able to order whatever you think is right for your children," she said. "But what we’re saying is that companies can’t spend millions of dollars on marketing or include items on children’s menus if those foods clearly are going to lead to obesity, which could lead to diabetes or other diet-related illnesses."

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