Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weight Loss Success: Happy Meals Will Go Toyless

Not by voluntary measures, but as a result of Santa Clara County's action, fast food restaurants there will no longer be able to include toys in meals targeted at children, if the meal is high in calories, fat or sugar.

This is the first ordinance of its kind in the nation--one that should be applauded by anyone concerned about the health of the next generation of Americans.

No doubt, the supervisors will be booed by some, but it won't be the first time. This health conscious county helped forge the path that led to fast-food chains being forced to post the calories of items on their menus.

Kids are easily influenced by the toys and prizes in the various meals. For parents it can be a challenge to steer a child to make healthy food choices without the added pressure of refusing a particular toy!

The law only affects restaurants in unincorporated parts of the county, but let's hope it is a growing trend!

Maybe one day even our fast food can be healthy food!

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