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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

McDonalds Hits Africa

mcdonalds africa giraffe

You've got to laugh when you see that. It's so true. There is a direct relationship between McDonalds arriving in a town, city, state, country and the average weight of the population going up.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

McDonalds Reverses Report Card Sponsorship Decision

mcdonalds school report cards

Good news about , they've voluntarily pulled their sponsorship of report card covers in Seminole County public schools.

It was parent getting involved that seemed to do the trick.

"In the absence of needed government regulation to protect schoolchildren from predatory companies like McDonald's, the burden is on parents to be vigilant about exploitative marketing aimed at children," Ms. Linn said. "One parent can make a difference. There is no doubt that the Seminole County ads would have continued -- and violated McDonald's pledge to stop advertising in elementary schools -- had one parent not called attention to the problem." (source)

Goes to show you how important a single voice can be.

This is a good day for parents and children in Seminole County and anyone who believes that corporations should not prey on children in schools," said Dr. Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. "We are pleased that McDonald's is listening to parents all over the country who believe that report cards should not be commercialized.

I wrote about this in December on my post , when it first came to my attention.


Monday, December 10, 2007

McDonalds Advertising On Report Cards - Get Good Grades - Get a Happy Meal!

mcdonalds school report cards

About 20 million children in the United States qualify as overweight or clinically obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now 37 schools in Seminole County, Fla. are contributing to it through a corporate-sponsorship program that awards high-achieving students with McDonald Happy Meals.

The "report card incentive," as the program is known, is explained on the front of specially produced envelopes bearing the image of Ronald McDonald and in which the report cards for every student in the county's 37 elementary schools are sent home.

The incentives are described as "food prizes," and a report card of all A's and B's or an attendance record blemished by just two absences is enough to earn a student a free Happy Meal.


John Banzhaf III, a law professor George Washington University says
The next thing the school should offer is cigarettes and alcohol. … Why aren't schools selling Hustler or Playboy magazines out of vending machines too? Schools shouldn't be selling things that endanger children just to make a buck.

mcdonalds report card

The Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood released a press release demanding that McDonalds immediatly stop advertising on children's report cards

this promotion takes in-school marketing to a new low. It bypasses parents and targets children directly with the message that doing well in school should be rewarded by a happy meal
says Susan Linn, the director of CCFC and psychologist at Judge Baker Children's Center.

the press release states the Happy Meal promotion explicitly mentions cheeseburgers, French fries, and soft drinks as options. Happy Meals featured on the report card can contain as many 710 calories, 28 grams of fat, or 35 grams of sugar.

one parent was quoted as saying that her daughter worked so hard to get good grades and now thinks she has earned a happy meal. The parent has to be the "bad guy" and explain that McDonalds is not the kind of food that they eat.

what is happening in our schools?

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