Michelle Obama happy with McDonald's menu shift

US fast-food giant McDonald's unveiled a revamped menu Tuesday in a move to offer healthier options and join the fight against obesity, drawing praise from First Lady Michelle Obama.

The chain will add a serving of fruit or vegetable to its "Happy Meals," which are aimed at children, and shrink the portion of .

The new French fry holders will contain 1.1 ounces (31 grams) of potatoes, down from 2.4 ounces. The meals also will include apple slices, carrots, raisins, pineapple slices or other fresh produce. The change will cut calories by an average of 20 percent.

The move comes amid pressure from health advocacy groups to get the fast-food industry, blamed for much of the , to offer more healthy choices.

"McDonald's is making continued progress today by providing more fruit and reducing the calories in its Happy Meals," the first lady said in a statement.

"I've always said that everyone has a role to play in making America healthier, and these are positive steps toward the goal of solving the problem of . McDonald's has continued to evolve its menu, and I look forward to hearing about the progress of today's commitments, as well as efforts in the years to come."

McDonald's will begin rolling out the new in September, with the goal of having them available in all 14,000 restaurants in early 2012.

The new Happy Meal will also include the choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or Chicken McNuggets, and options for low-fat milk.

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Shootist
3 / 5 (6) Jul 26, 2011
Well, we are always happy to please the woman who never, before in her life, had been proud of her country.

American voters won't be that stupid again. Until, perhaps, the next time.
FrankHerbert
1.4 / 5 (10) Jul 26, 2011
You're still angry over that? Thin skin eh? America evidentially isn't great enough to handle any criticism, is it?
bluebeard80
not rated yet Jul 26, 2011
That's all they changed? And that's worthy of a news bulletin? Wow.
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (9) Jul 26, 2011
At least Michele Obama never killed anyone lol. Watch out, librarians (Laura Bush) are dangerous!
Callippo
not rated yet Jul 26, 2011
Well, we are always happy to please the woman who never, before in her life, had been proud of her country
Or eventually, who never appear pleased at all..;-)
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Jul 31, 2011
Lets think this through. Less fries, same cost, more profits all while pleasing a fry eating, hotdog eating, ice cream eating junk food fanatic progressive hypocrite.

Not only that, since the happy meal is now smaller, kids are going to eat full sized meals sooner, which mean more calories for smaller kids.

BTW just so people are aware that this is a puff piece for Obama by Mcdonalds. Mcdonalds is one of the companies that received a health care coverage waiver from Obama.
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (8) Aug 01, 2011
Arbeit macht frei-thinking, isn't it hypocritical to be both "pro-life" and a murderer as Mrs. Bush is?
freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Aug 01, 2011
Frank, I thought progressives don't name call or bully?
freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Aug 03, 2011
Progressives do as I say, not as I do
http://www.washin...omorrow/