New Home – New Happy Meal

I can’t resist posting on this. I was just catching up on a million blog posts and news feeds and came across this article about San Francisco taking a stand against McDonald’s Happy Meal. As we now live in the San Francisco area I thought it an appropriate introduction! *giggle, snort*

Here’s the skinny:
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So the city of San Francisco has taken a stand.

“In an effort to curb the swelling rates of kids who are overweight or obese, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a law that would require any meals that package a free toy to include fruits and vegetables and contain no more than 600 calories or 35 percent of its calories from fat (about 210 calories or 23 grams of fat). The meals would also have to contain a beverage that’s not loaded with sugar or fat.

At a time when an estimated 17 percent of young people aged 2-19 years are obese and about an equal number are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the restriction on the popular Happy Meal is a worthy effort.”

Welcome to San Francisco. :)

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2 comments on “New Home – New Happy Meal

  1. I guess that’s not bad…. 600 calories is still a lot it seems like. Then again, I cringe over anything that’s above 400. Welcome to San Fran! I hope you are all excited and get settled quickly. Thank you for the well wishes. I am eager to end 2010 and hope for better health in 2011.

    I hope that for you too! Every day we get a little more settled. :)

  2. I agree with the idea, but I think if parents wanted to go to a place with healthier meals, McD isn’t the place they would go. What’s next? Requring people to buy fruits and vegetables if they want to buy steaks, donuts, and other fatty food items at the grocery store?

    The funny thing is that this changes nothing. Parents will that take their kids there will just by fries on the side. I’m with you, the idea of caring more about our children’s health is good, but this approach is pretty hollow in my opinion. 😉

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