May 8th, 2012
Ronald McDonald: Healthy Food Adviser? Schools Get $1,000 for Allowing the Clown to Pitch to Kids
By ALAN FARNHAM
Ronald McDonald: wellness instructor? The hamburger pitchman recently showed up at the Union Terrace Elementary School in Allentown, Pa., to teach kids about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.
Yes, that’s right. The Big Mac mascot is delivering a health pitch on the trail of evidence that suggests American kids are getting fatter by the day, and that schools are the natural frontline in the battle against obesity.
The school welcomed the red-haired clown because, in a time of program cutbacks and tight budgets, Ronald McDonald came with a $1,000 check, whose memo line reads: “nutrition program.”