McDonald’s plans on opening 20 R-Gyms (named after their mascot Ronald McDonald) in the next year, beginning with restaurants in Southern California. These R-Gyms include 13-foot long indoor basketball courts, stationary bikes, monkey bars, just to name a few of the physical fitness items available.
Although this is a step in the right direction for a fast-food chain to encourage children to exercise, how healthy is it when they are still exposed to the cheeseburger, fries, and sodas?
McDonald’s argues it is doing that by offering children more choices, such as apple slices and low-fat milk, as substitutes for fries and sodas in Happy Meals. It also offers yogurt and low-fat salads. The gym is the physical extension of that healthy-menu campaign, the company said.
The key is for the parents to make better choices for their kids and to teach them the importance of making wiser food choices.
[tags]mcdonalds, rgyms, fast food[/tags]