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Healthy Happy Meals?

In a story related to a previous entry, McDonald's has announced they're going to be making Happy Meals healthier:

McDonald's, the world's largest restaurant chain, will include choices such as fruits and vegetables in its children's Happy Meals, and plans to pay for public-service advertising promoting fitness and health.

Children's meal options might also include low-fat yogurt and fruit juices, new Chief Executive James Cantalupo said. McDonald's restaurants worldwide will tailor menus in each market to local tastes, working with nutrition experts to make the changes, he said.

McDonald's new advisory council on healthy lifestyles will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization to educate consumers on nutrition and fitness, and allocate money for programs...

Several McDonald's markets already offer healthier options, including Australia with toasted-cheese-and-tomato sandwiches, raisins and orange juice. Restaurants in the U.S. already offer low-fat milk and noncarbonated drinks.

When my kids were little, we used to take them to McDonald's fairly often. It wasn't that we liked the food or thought it was nutritious; it was that McDonald's offered a place where they could eat something they'd like and play for an hour or so, giving us a little down time. It would have been nice if they had had healthier Happy Meals back then, but better late than never. Let's just hope that parents take them up on the new healthy options when they become available.

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