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School Welcomes Health Expert: Ronald McDonald?

School Welcomes Health Expert: Ronald McDonald?
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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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2:31PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

wow is all i can say here

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Mystifying and bizarre, would do well as a science fiction novel or horror movie.

3:28AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

I'm glad that they are making some changes, as listed in the early part of the article. I don't expect our fast food places to 'go healthy'; they know that they would then 'go broke'. But just looking at the stats listed from their website - oy! Not to mention the 'healthy' oatmeal option, mentioned by another author, with a huge sugar content.

8:35PM PDT on May 26, 2012

thank you

1:28AM PDT on May 26, 2012

That's ridiculous!

9:21AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Grazie dell'articolo.

3:23PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Ronald McDonald as a spokesperson for health? Hahah, very funny.

1:44PM PDT on May 14, 2012

I don't even know what to say to that

9:12AM PDT on May 14, 2012

With this statement of "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".

I guess for the so called dogooders that think they know what's best for us more so than we do. I don't think they will ever be truly happy until they can amass enough people to have McDonald's shut down!


9:12AM PDT on May 14, 2012

With this statement of "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".

I guess for the so called dogooders that think they know what's best for us more so than we do. I don't think they will ever be truly happy until they can amass enough people to have McDonald's shut down!


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