City makes healthful food a requirement for building permits

New ordinance in Watsonville, Calif., aimed at reducing obesity

The city council in Watsonville, Calif., approved an ordinance Tuesday that would require restaurants to offer healthful options on their menus in order to obtain a building permit.

Dubbed the Healthy Eating Options ordinance, the measure was proposed by a Healthy Food Task Force created in 2008 to reduce disease and obesity in the city, which is about 95 miles south of San Francisco in the Monterey Bay area of Santa Cruz County.

Under the plan, which the council

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