McDonald’s Happy Meal toys in San Francisco free no more, now for sale, to fight child obesity

By on Dec 1, 2011 in Food, Health, Lifestyle, United States Comments

McDonald’s Happy Meal toys in San Francisco will be for sale starting Thursday, December 01, 2011, as an action against child obesity. They were previously being offered free as part of their promo.

McDonald’s Happy Meal
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As noted at US news sites that day, the Mighty Kids Meals and Happy Meal toys will be sold separately in all McDonald’s stores in San Francisco and will cost 10 cents with a purchase of the kids’ combo meals.

According to reports, this is to follow the Healthy Meal Legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco in November 2010, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar and supported by community organizations, parents and health professionals.

“The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.” A statement reads at the official website of City and County of San Francisco, in which the implementation date is December 1, 2011.

“To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.” The statement added, which aims to fight child obesity.

Back in July, McDonald’s started to offer what they call a healthier Happy Meal option to their customers particularly to kids, which will include fruits and vegetables and was said to be 20 percent less in calories.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s noted that the proceeds from their Happy Meal toys will go to a project of their Ronald McDonald House charity, for families of young patients being treated at the new UCSF hospital.

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