(Image Source: Salon)

 

BY EMILY ALLEN

 

A spoonful of Mickey-D’s makes the medicine go down. Yeah right says a group calling themselves Corporate Accountability International.  KPNX in Phoenix has a description of the group’s campaign.

 

“The Golden Arches could be up for some eviction notices, especially if some health advocates have their way.”

“Yeah, nearly two dozens hospitals are being asked to drop McDonald’s from their cafeterias.”

 

The group told these hospitals in a letter that it is sending the wrong message.  It called hospitals “local health authorities” that serve as a guide for making good choices, but…

 

“…In your role as a local health leader, you have allowed McDonald’s—a corporation that has disregarded public health in the name of profits—to operate within an environment devoted to helping our children get well.”

 

Two thousand health professionals are endorsing the campaign against hospital Big Macs – with some of these supporters working in the very hospitals that house the golden arches.  The campaign’s director told USA Today

 

"We hear from physicians saying kids come in for their diabetic check-ups and they hear the parents saying 'If you are well-behaved, we'll take you for a treat at the McDonald's down the hall.”

 

Salon points out some of the nation’s most prestigious children’s hospitals earned their title even with their not-so-healthy tenant.  It blames this marriage between fast food and children’s hospitals as the result of competitive market forces in healthcare - you just have to follow the money.

 

“Extra money is something that’s always necessary in pediatric healthcare, as volumes of kids need more attention, even as the money paid by insurers and the government declines. Hospitals need to make up the difference.”

 

McDonald’s might be taking the heat, but it isn’t the only fast food restaurant setting up shop in hospitals – hospitals around the US have Pizza Huts, Starbucks and Chik-fil-As, to name a few. And, WFLX and WJBK stood up for McDonald’s.

 

“A lot of the restaurants are trying to get their food a little healthier than they have in the past so maybe it’s a wait-and-see situation because these are some long standing contracts and you can’t just say, “you’re out of here.”

“What about comfort food? What if you’re laid up in bed with a broken leg and all you want is…

“Some of those salty fries.”

“One of those Shamrock shakes or something.”

 

Shamrock shakes aside; a national McDonald’s spokesperson told Des Moines Register the restaurant offers healthy choices and nutrition information so consumers can make good choices. So if diners chose to indulge in shakes and fries, that’s their own choice.

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Apr 12, 2012

Advocacy Group Wants Hospitals to Give McDonald's the Boot

(Image Source: Salon)

 

BY EMILY ALLEN

 

A spoonful of Mickey-D’s makes the medicine go down. Yeah right says a group calling themselves Corporate Accountability International.  KPNX in Phoenix has a description of the group’s campaign.

 

“The Golden Arches could be up for some eviction notices, especially if some health advocates have their way.”

“Yeah, nearly two dozens hospitals are being asked to drop McDonald’s from their cafeterias.”

 

The group told these hospitals in a letter that it is sending the wrong message.  It called hospitals “local health authorities” that serve as a guide for making good choices, but…

 

“…In your role as a local health leader, you have allowed McDonald’s—a corporation that has disregarded public health in the name of profits—to operate within an environment devoted to helping our children get well.”

 

Two thousand health professionals are endorsing the campaign against hospital Big Macs – with some of these supporters working in the very hospitals that house the golden arches.  The campaign’s director told USA Today

 

"We hear from physicians saying kids come in for their diabetic check-ups and they hear the parents saying 'If you are well-behaved, we'll take you for a treat at the McDonald's down the hall.”

 

Salon points out some of the nation’s most prestigious children’s hospitals earned their title even with their not-so-healthy tenant.  It blames this marriage between fast food and children’s hospitals as the result of competitive market forces in healthcare - you just have to follow the money.

 

“Extra money is something that’s always necessary in pediatric healthcare, as volumes of kids need more attention, even as the money paid by insurers and the government declines. Hospitals need to make up the difference.”

 

McDonald’s might be taking the heat, but it isn’t the only fast food restaurant setting up shop in hospitals – hospitals around the US have Pizza Huts, Starbucks and Chik-fil-As, to name a few. And, WFLX and WJBK stood up for McDonald’s.

 

“A lot of the restaurants are trying to get their food a little healthier than they have in the past so maybe it’s a wait-and-see situation because these are some long standing contracts and you can’t just say, “you’re out of here.”

“What about comfort food? What if you’re laid up in bed with a broken leg and all you want is…

“Some of those salty fries.”

“One of those Shamrock shakes or something.”

 

Shamrock shakes aside; a national McDonald’s spokesperson told Des Moines Register the restaurant offers healthy choices and nutrition information so consumers can make good choices. So if diners chose to indulge in shakes and fries, that’s their own choice.

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