American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown Applauds Recent Findings From The Alliance For A Healthier Generation And McDonald’s Regarding Healthy Food Options for Families

June 25, 2015 Categories: Advisories & Comments

DALLAS, June 25, 2015 – The American Heart Association’s CEO, Nancy Brown, issued the following comments regarding today’s announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and McDonald’s.

“This morning’s announcement by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and McDonald’s shows tremendous strides in the effort to give families across the country healthier food options when dining out.

Since the launch of this initiative with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2013, McDonald’s USA has worked to increase the dairy, fruit and vegetable offerings to children.  A prime example includes the removal of soda from their Happy Meal selection; ever since, they have reported a nine percent point increase in their consumers making the healthy choice and choosing milk and juice before soda.  This data shows families want healthier restaurant options, and providing those options will help them live healthier lives. 

As a co-founder of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, alongside the Clinton Foundation, we are happy to celebrate the continued success of this partnership and are eager to see the continued growth over the next few years. Initiatives like this help families around the world take small steps together that lead them to improving their overall cardiovascular health.”

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McDonald's: Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda   

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