Surely it’s another episode of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The McDonald’s clown as the new expert on nutrition and healthy eating? Tell me it isn’t so.
It seems Ronald McDonald visited the Union Terrace Elementary in Allentown, Pennsylvania to lecture students on healthy eating and then, according to ABC News, “broke into a 40-minute ‘Go Active with Ronald McDonald’ show intended to encourage kids to up their physical activity.”
So has the leopard changed its spots? Let’s take a closer look.
McDonald’s Making Positive Moves
McDonald’s has definitely been making some good moves lately. They are adding fruits and vegetables to Happy Meals. They are discontinuing their use of pink slime. They are phasing out the cruel gestation crates that keep sows penned in tight quarters. They are testing paper cups to replace Styrofoam.
Those decisions give them a lot of points in corporate citizenship. Still, the distance between the popular McDonald’s fast-food fare and truly healthy food remains a chasm.
So when a franchisee offers cash-strapped schools $1,000 to let Ronald McDonald come in as a spokesman for healthy eating, red flags flap in the breeze.
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