Let me start by saying, yes I have played the McDonald’s Monopoly game…and yes it was a MISTAKE!
My sister and I, back in high school, would go to McDonald’s almost everyday after basketball practice to play their game. It was a thrill to super-size everything and see if you won a prize. We never did win anything, besides maybe a free drink. But did we really need it? NO!
People love games and they will play with their health to win a prize. Everyone loves the idea of free food and prizes, but at what point do you realize that our bodies our picking up the tab for those meals. Is your health really worth the prize sticker on a pop?
They call them “Happy Meals”, not “Healthy Meals” for a reason. You may feel happy for a few brief moments as the sugar high takes over your body, but believe me when you crash you will not feel so happy. Yes, I understand everything in moderation, but shouldn’t healthier options be promoted?
One of my girlfriend’s, who is also an amazing Registered Dietitian, called me the other day and told me that she wrote the McDonald’s headquarters to tell them that they should have the Monopoly game based on healthy choices. WHAT A GREAT IDEA! McDonald’s would be able to get some positive press and their consumers would still be able to play the dumb game. Because after all we are suckers for games and prizes!
Having the game based on choices like low-fat milk, apple slices, salad with light dressing, bottled water, or a small parfait may help consumers learn how to make healthier choices and also teach them to broaden their food horizens.
How do you think fast food chains should promote healthy options? Should these games even be allowed?
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