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Teaching Balanced Eating at the 2016 Health & Fitness Expo


Josh Kaufman, McDonald’s New York Tri-State franchisee, and Sandra Arévalo, a certified nutritionist, talked about balanced meal options at McDonald’s while at the NBC/Telemundo 2016 Health & Fitness Expo in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, May 14, 2016.


McDonald’s conducted a series of workshops with Josh Kaufman, McDonald’s New York Tri-State franchisee, and Sandra Arévalo, a registered dietitian/nutritionist, at NBC/Telemundo’s 2016 Health & Fitness Expo in East Rutherford to show residents how to incorporate balanced eating into their everyday routines.

“The McDonald’s New York Tri-State Owner/Operators Association is thrilled to be a part of this year’s NBC/Telemundo Health & Fitness Expo,” said Mr. Kaufman, who owns McDonald’s restaurants in Long Island. “We make it a priority to know what our customers want and to support community efforts that align with our commitment to nutritional awareness.”

The NBC/Telemundo Health & Fitness Expo is one of the largest health fairs in the New York Tri-State area. Nearly 40,000 people participated in the two-day event that features music, dancing, nutritional workshops, cooking demonstrations, health screenings and a “meet and greet” with New York Giants players. McDonald’s was the only quick service restaurant present at the event.

Sandra Arévalo began her workshop by asking attendees “What do you usually eat when you want a balanced meal?” After hearing the audience’s preferences, she demonstrated how to make nutritionally minded choices when eating at McDonald’s or at home. Arévalo also provided examples of how to mix and match McDonald’s iconic favorites by incorporating items from the 600 calories or less menu. She highlighted the Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait from the breakfast menu, and the Premium Salads with Artisan Grilled Chicken for lunch. Additionally, the nutritionist reminded participants to consider side choices such as Apple Slices, Side Salads and Go-GURT Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt to go with their burgers or Happy Meals.


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