2/8/2013 3:40:00 PM McDonald's offers locals healthier fast food options
Brian Moreno (far right) stands with his McDonald’s team during a lunch work shift Jan. 28. Photo by Briana Alzola.
When it comes to healthy options, McDonald's may not have always been the first thing that comes to mind. But things are changing and plenty of healthy options are available, Brian Moreno, local manager, said. The salads offered by the restaurant are a healthy and popular option, he said. For example, the premium bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken has 230 calories. Grilled chicken is always the lower calorie option, whether it is in a salad or sandwich. For breakfast and snacks, the low-fat yogurt in the parfaits offers a healthier option. Another healthy option is the McWrap. This option is being tested at McDonald's restaurants in this region. Success at this level could mean the product being used across the country. Some McDonald's favorites are less than 400 calories. The egg McMuffin, for example, a medium French fry, a filet-o-fish and a fruit and maple oatmeal are just some of the options that contain 400 calories or less. People in Othello are enjoying the healthy and diverse options on the menu, Moreno said. In fact, they are choosing salads much more often than customers at other McDonald's restaurants. The healthy options are being shown in the choices they are making for the kids' meals, too, he said. Lots of parents choose to get their kid a side of apples instead of french fries. The calorie count for different dishes and food offerings are now being displayed on the menu, giving the public an idea how much they are consuming with each meal. Moreno is working with Integrated Health Care Services and the Othello Healthy Community Coalition on a healthier eating campaign around Othello. He has been extremely pleasant to work with and has truly made an effort to highlight the healthier options for the people of Othello. "He has been so receptive to be a part of this," Karen Palmer, with IHCS, said. "He is a true advocate and we appreciate it. It's a win-win for the community." McDonald's likes to help out in the community and be involved with local campaigns and projects, Moreno said. The restaurant is in town, not on the highway, so the main customer base is the people of Othello, not people passing through. Anything involved with the community is an easy yes from the McDonald's team, he said. They are committed to elevating the community and doing whatever they can for the people of Othello.