Happy Meal Chefs contest with McDonald's

Earlier this year, McDonald's introduced the new and improved Happy Meal - complete with "kid size" french fries and apple slices. My kids love the new choices ... Emma eats her apples and fries first every time.

In continuing with their improved nutrition choices initiative, McDonald's has announced a new contest - "McDonald's Happy Meal Chefs" contest. The contest runs through April 18, and gives kids the opportunity to help McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut create and test new, nutrition-minded Happy Meal choices.

Oh, and did I mention...10 kids will win a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London to participate in McDonald's Global Champions of Play program! Two grand prize winners will become honorary "Happy Meal Chefs"!

More details
(thanks to McDonald's for providing me with this information!)

• Entry: Beginning March 5 and going through April 18, parents or legal guardians with kids ages eight to 11 are eligible to enter online at happymealchefs.mcdonalds.com. Participants must answer a brief questionnaire and submit a short video online that creatively showcases their family mealtime. They’re also encouraged to learn about and feature recommended food groups from the USDA’s MyPlate, the balanced-eating symbol based on federal dietary guidelines.

• Judging: Ten finalists will be selected in-part by a panel of expert judges specializing in food, nutrition and physical activity including: U.S. Olympic Swimming Champion Dara Torres; renowned child nutrition expert Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA; leading cross-cultural nutrition expert Sylvia MelĂ©ndez-Klinger, MS, RD, LD; and Head Coach of Women’s Track & Field, University of Texas, Coach Beverly ‘Bev’ Kearney.

• Prize: Ten kids will win a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games to participate in McDonald’s Global Champions of Play program where they will join kids from around the world to celebrate balanced eating and fun play. Two Grand Prize Winners will become honorary “Happy Meal Chefs.”

The winning Happy Meal Chefs will experience a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship with Chef Dan in the creation and testing of new, nutrition-minded Happy Meal choices. The experience will kick off with a trip to McDonald’s headquarters where the young chefs will work one-on-one with Chef Dan in providing feedback and insights from a kid’s point of view.

For complete contest rules and details, be sure to visit https://happymealchefs.mcdonalds.com/ ... and good luck!

Disclaimer: McDonald's of NW Ohio provided me with the information for this post. No compensation was provided. All opinions are mine.

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