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Ronald McDonald becomes fitness guru<br><br>
The hamburger salesman and clown is getting an image makeover, as a fitness guru for kids<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hamburger salesman and clown Ronald McDonald is getting an unlikely image makeover -- as a snowboarding, hoops-shooting fitness guru for tots.<br><br>
The new athletic Ronald, McDonald's Corp.'s (Research) mascot for the last 42 years, will even be sporting a more form-fitting version of his trademark yellow jumpsuit.<br><br>
In a television commercial that hits airwaves on Friday, an animated Ronald will be seen encouraging kids to get up off the couch and join him in kicking a soccer ball, juggling fruits and vegetables, and riding a skateboard with basketball star and fellow McDonald's spokesman Yao Ming.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"We felt it more appropriate to expand the discussion to all foods at this point," Jeff Carl, the chain's corporate vice president of global marketing, said in an interview.<br><br>
That approach, however, could be misleading, according to one health expert.<br><br>
"If they are telling kids to eat vegetables, they should have the food to back that up and they should make it attractive and fun and interesting, like the Happy Meals," said Samantha Heller, a clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist at New York University Medical Center.</td>
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Will a fit and trim Ronald encourage kids to become more active? Is it too late for <a href="http://pages.prodigy.net/phil_abel/Photographs/Fark/happymeal.jpg" target="_blank">these children</a>?
 

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I wonder if this has anything to do with the aftermath of the "SuperSize Me" movie? What are "Chicken Fries"? Sounds gross to me.
 

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I think it is fair to say that McDonald's has made great strides in improving the healthiness of the food they sell and promoting this to the public.<br><br>
But the fact still remains that if you eat their food, you will die.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The new athletic Ronald, McDonald's Corp.'s (Research) mascot for the last 42 years, will even be sporting a more form-fitting version of his trademark yellow jumpsuit.</td>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">But the fact still remains that if you eat their food, you will die.</div>
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We're all gonna die, I think it's more accurate to say you're gonna need an enema to relieve a corroded colon.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">We're all gonna die, I think it's more accurate to say you're gonna need an enema to relieve a corroded colon.</td>
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Careful... Ronald is always looking for something new to put in the Happy Meals.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Selu Gigage</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">We're all gonna die, I think it's more accurate to say you're gonna need an enema to relieve a corroded colon.</div>
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I dunno - it seemed to me everytime someone I knew ate mcd's food there was a fair amount of " cleansing" after...
 

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I've seen the 10 minute segments of Ronald Mcdonald jumping around to music on the Disney Channel.<br>
The very first Ronald Mcdonald became a vegetarian.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I dunno - it seemed to me everytime someone I knew ate mcd's food there was a fair amount of " cleansing" after...</div>
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I just think this is all hooey....<br>
Why pick on the McDonalds, when the parents are the ones who take their kids there, usually pick out the food, and give it to them. Or if the kids are older, give the kids money to buy whatever they want, and don't teach their kids eating in moderation or balanced foods.<br>
Also many of these parents are quite obese, so getting the message to the kids is futile, get it to the parents!
 

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Is he going to wear his hideous clown makeup when he works out? Is it going to get all sweaty and streak down his face?<br><br>
I think I'd rather my children eat hamburgers and fries than be exposed to a man in clown makeup and a form-fitting suit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Greaseball</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I think I'd rather my children eat hamburgers and fries than be exposed to a man in clown makeup and a form-fitting suit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"></div>
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Agreed. I don't want to see that either - the plus side though it would certainly help curb my appetite.
 

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So, Ronald is going to get buff?<br><br>
Now I have heard and will soon see everything.<br><br>
"Beam me up, Scotty, there is no intelligent life here."
 

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:LOL<br><br><br>
The whole thing just cracks me up. There is nothing healthy about McDonalds. At least there wasn't the last time I was there. (15 yrs ago) :LOL<br><br>
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