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Boys & Girls Club Kids Learn About Healthier Eating Choices at Taco Bell

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Last Tuesday, the Coast Highway hosted a group of kids from the who were being rewarded for their achievements with a free lunch.

Some of the kids came from underprivileged homes, who normally would not get to eat at a restaurant due to financial restraints. Part of the goal of the event, according to store manager Christopher Andrews, was to educate them on healthier eating alternatives.

Each student got to select two items from the restaurant's Fresco menu, a lower-fat option available at most Taco Bells around the country. For a beverage, instead of soada, they were given a choice between water or low-fat milk.

After lunch, one girl, Alexxi Ayvaz, who had previously never eaten at a Taco Bell, described her experience as "amazing!"

 

Jennifer Horsman January 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The trouble with nutrition in our country is that we teach kids 'healthy' food choices at Taco Bell. Also, it is very misleading to imply poor people cannot afford Taco Bell, that eating there is a special treat. The problem is poor people can only afford to eat at fast food corporations. Ridiculous article.
Christopher Andrews January 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Rich...the smiles on the faces of those kids was priceless! Thank you so much for sharing this article.
Christopher Andrews January 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Jennifer...I appreciate and respect your opinion. Although I will disagree with you on the notion that all underprivileged people can afford fast food. Regarding our healthy options here at Taco Bell, not that I could change your opinion, but perhaps you will give me the opportunity to educate you. The following link will direct you to our Fresco Menu's exclusive web page. http://www.drivethrudiet.com/ This next link will take you to our Diabetic Exchange Menu: http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/diabeticexchange This link will take you to our Balanced Lifestyle page: http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/balancedlifestyle Bottom line...Taco Bell Laguna Beach cares about this community, and we want to do our part to educate the young people that there are options available. Thank you once again Jennifer for your opinion. Also, thank you Rich for this forum.
Jennifer Horsman January 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Christopher: I am a vegetarian advocate.Actually, I am an animal rights nut case. The health benefits are a great byproduct of a vegetarian diet, but I am really in it for the animals. Taco Bell causes animals an unconscionable amount of suffering (factory farms anyone?) and so, even if there is some attempt to make the menu healthier, Taco Bell is still profiting from abuse and cruelty afflicted on animals. There is no way around that. But it is nice to see companies trying to improve.
Christopher Andrews January 18, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Jennifer, I respect your position...thank you for hearing mine.

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