It was last August at the BlogHer conference in San Diego when I first heard about how McDonald’s was updating the contents of the popular Happy Meal: instead of an order of small fries, they were substituting a smaller, kids’ sized fry along with apple slices. Although my kids are years beyond Happy Meals, I completely appreciated the efforts of McDonald’s to listen to their customers’ requests for healthier options.
The “new” Happy Meals are being rolled out nationally now, and to celebrate this new development the company is having a great contest that I totally wish my family could enter. (We’re all too old!) The Happy Meal Chefs Contest is for parents of kids ages eight through eleven, who enter as a family team. Entering involves creating a short video that shows how your family keeps mealtime fun while making smart choices (and there are three questions about family mealtime to answer as well). Ten family teams will be chosen as finalists and they will get a great trip to the 2012 London Olympics (my dream trip! I SO wish I could enter!) where they will participate in activities that celebrate balanced eating and fun play. Two family teams will be chosen as grand prize winners, and they will visit McDonald’s headquarters and help Chef Dan create some possibilities for future Happy Meals (I’d love to do that, too!). Interested? Have kids ages eight to eleven? You can get more information, check out the official rules, and enter by clicking here.
TONIGHT from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. CT, you can join the Mom It Forward Girl’s Night Out Twitter Party! The discussion will be all about nutritious fun at family mealtime and how you make nutrition fun for your kids. You must RSVP here in order to win any of the prizes that will be awarded, and you can enter a separate giveaway here, in which five winners will be randomly selected to receive a “Happy Meal Chefs” Prize Pack that includes a McDonald’s apron and chef hat. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for sharing this information from one of my favorite companies! I would appreciate it if any of you enter and win the Happy Meal Chefs Contest, you sneak me into your luggage for the London trip. Thank you.