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McDonald’s Unveils Healthier Happy Meals In NYC

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A group of kids trying the new Happy Meals at a McDonald's in Cambria Heights, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

A group of kids trying the new Happy Meals at a McDonald’s in Cambria Heights, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – McDonald’s healthier Happy Meals have hit restaurants and kids are weighing in on the new and improved version of a fast food classic.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reports


Queens pre-schooler Amayja Latimore was among the first to try a smaller Happy Meal at a McDonald’s in Cambria Heights.

“And I’m eating nuggets and french fries,” she said.

But Amayja left out the apple slices that are now included in every one of these slimmed down Happy Meals.

Other changes include lower-sodium chicken nuggets, child size fries and low-fat milk.

“They’re making significant progress and significant progress needs to be recognized,” said Queens city councilman Leroy Comrie.

Comrie, who struggles with his weight, introduced a bill this spring banning toys from any kids’ meals with more than 500 calories.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the next generation of children,” he said. “It’s about the other people, people who don’t have the chance to speak up.”

The new Happy Meals will be available in all New York City McDonald’s by Friday and nationwide by the end of the year.

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