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McDonald’s: Supporting American Dreams

FullSizeRender (1)What are your fondest memories of food as a kid? You can’t remember? Ok start out simply with: As a kid, what were your favorite foods? How about when your family goes out to eat: What kinds of choices are on the kids’ menus? That’s right, topping that list is burgers and fries…Oh and let me guess, chicken fingers?! It’s no wonder why offering selections suitable for all the little people in your life follows an easily recognizable format of universal finger foods that are familiar to the little ones, with colors and flavors that are standard across the board. What a clever idea to include some entertainment for our favorite mile-a-minute-minds whether it is crayons or puzzles or cartoon characters & A TOY?! Prizes accompanying your food was no longer limited to cracker jacks or cereal boxes! Put it all together and what does it spell? H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S…That’s right, the gold standard in keeping kids happy during meals can be credited to McDonald’s!!! The Happy Meal has been maintaining the happiness quotient of family dining since the1970s!

McDonald’s restaurants are easily the most recognizable fast food establishments in the world. I know I have talked about choosing the best healthy foods for your family, but this time, I’m talking about a special treat for everyone. So much about food quality and food prep has changed over the years (Buh-bye, trans fats!) and while fast food in general may not be best known for the health factor, there are definitely healthier choices available on their menu and even a sizeable selection of meals below 400 calories…You can order your Happy Meal with yogurt or apple slices or even Cuties! Oatmeal is on the menu, salads and bottled water. But, if you are like Heather & me, you know that a good cheat meal goes a long way & there is so much deliciousness, why waste a trip to McD’s on ‘health food’ when they have Sausage McMuffins with Eggs, Big Macs, apple pies? My favorite as a kid was taking my Cheeseburger & lining up a layer of french fries inside it. I also add a hash brown to my breakfast sandwich…hmmm, there’s a trend here! Maybe that means I’m a weirdo, but you’ll want to try it next time, I know you will! You’ll have to let me know what you think!

McDonald’s is an American family tradition. I look back on grade school and even high school remembering what a special treat it was to have a half day and get lunch with my mom and brother at McD’s. Heather associates going to her great grandma’s house with fun trips to McDonald’s. When my brother was old enough to speak, he knew when the priest gave his final blessing, that was when he could shout out, “Let’s go to McDonald’s!” Local families own and operate McDonald’s restaurants fulfilling the American Dream! There are women business owners, minority business owners – right here in our neighborhoods! In addition to serving super delicious treats, another way McD’s serves the community is through Ronald McDonald House Charities(RMHC).

Scholarships are awarded every year. Last year, more than 100 high school seniors right here in Las Vegas received over $300,000 – That is outstanding! That translates to nearly $3 million in scholarships awarded through local and matching programs. Way to go, local owners and operators, what an amazing way to give back: monetary assistance for education is the best gift possible. It means a future. (Stay tuned for details on the Greens for Grads program, a single day event where $1 per Extra Value Meal is donated.) If you have eligible students in your family, don’t forget to have them apply! CLICK HERE: Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program

The 11th Annual Running for the House 5K Run/1 mile walk takes place April 18th with proceeds to benefit the RMHC Greater Las Vegas.

  

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Family to Family Connection Offers Information and Community

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Girl Playing With Building BlocksRaising young children can be an isolating experience. It is often difficult for families to find credible information about child development and parenting. Also, it can be challenging – particularly in a transient city like Las Vegas – for moms to create strong support networks. Family to Family Connection is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to families with children ages 0-5 years. Their mission statement: “Through parent education and community networking, Family to Family empowers and supports families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.” With a full roster of classes, a resource library, and a lactation educator on staff, new parents have a place to learn about being even better parents. The resource library allows the checkout of books and DVDs featuring subjects such as parenting and child development. Family to Family teaches a full calendar of classes. Most are taught in English, but there are some Spanish language classes each month, too. Topics include music, nutrition, physical activity, crafts, and even infant massage. Check here for the most up-to-date offerings. (Full disclosure – I occasionally lead a class about having a healthy relationship with food.) Family to Family has also teamed up with Nevada Early Intervention Services to offer some classes addressing your child’s development. Beyond the formal programming, one of the biggest strengths of Family to Family Connection is that it provides a space for young families to connect with one another. Friendships develop among the families served. When my boys were babies, Family to Family Connection was a lifesaver! There weren’t many places where I could bring both children and still feel relaxed and comfortable. Family to Family was welcoming. I could actually talk to other moms (yay!) while my children played safely. My new-mom jitters calmed down as I learned from the classes, and I was eternally grateful for a place to escape cabin fever. Each spring, Family to Family Connection presents the fundraiser “Touch a Truck.” As the name indicates, children have the chance to see a large variety of vehicles up close. They get to climb into a fire truck, touch an Army jeep, and even chillax in a limousine (my kids’ favorite – and so quintessential Vegas).

Dune buggy action at Touch a Truck

Inside a hot air balloon at Touch a Truck

Family to Family Connection 7151 Cascade Valley Court, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 870-9583 www.family2familylv.org

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