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Hospitals send mixed message on fast food

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A survey of U.S. hospitals with pediatric training programs finds that about one-third of them have fast-food restaurants on the premises.

McDonald's eyes gyms for kids

OAKBROOK, Ill., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Restaurant chain McDonald's, based in Oakbrook, Ill., has been considering replacing its PlayPlace indoor playgrounds with gyms for children.

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McDonald's helps kids sweat off meals

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Fast-food giant McDonald's is rolling out mini-gyms in its U.S. restaurants to encourage children to sweat off their meals, or at least part of them.

Winfrey helps a mother's dream come true

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey has helped make one of New York school teacher Lynelle Rennis' dreams come true. The social studies teacher had dreamed of building a at a New York Ronald McDonald House to give new mothers a place to breast-feed, but

'Bar-hopping' Ronald McDonald?

CHICAGO, July 17 (UPI) -- McDonald's, which draws kids to Playlands at many of its locations, is going after young adults at big kids' playgrounds -- bars, sports events and concerts.

Security guards stole from sick kids

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 5 (UPI) -- Denmark's largest security firm has lost a big contract and three guards could go to prison for stealing toys intended for sick children.

NY couple hold MickeyD wedding reception

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A New York couple, strapped for cash after investing in a house, went the inexpensive route for a wedding receptions -- a local McDonald's.

Iraqi girl arrives for heart surgery

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old Iraqi girl has arrived in New York for surgery to repair a congenital heart defect after a month's delay because of the Iraqi elections.

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Thief makes off with Ronald McDonald

LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Nebraska grandmother wants Ronald McDonald returned to her backyard after thieves made off with the 8-foot fast food icon.

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Destiny's Child sets 16-country tour

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Destiny's Child will kick off a 16-country, 72-city tour in Hiroshima, Japan, April 9 followed by stops in Australia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

Ronald McDonald cleared in SpongeBob case

METAIRIE, La., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Louisiana police say Ronald McDonald was an unwiling participant in the spongenapping of a Burger King's inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants.
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Ronald McDonald
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, visits the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities on June 16, 2007. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)

Ronald McDonald is a clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain. In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids. In recent years, McDonaldland has been largely phased out, and Ronald is instead shown interacting with normal kids in their everyday lives.

Many people work full-time making appearances in the Ronald McDonald costume, visiting children in hospitals. There are also Ronald McDonald Houses, where parents can stay overnight when visiting sick children in nearby chronic care facilities. Since August 2003, McDonald has been officially styled as the "Chief Happiness Officer" of the McDonald's Corporation.

The origin of Ronald McDonald involves Willard Scott (a local radio personality who also played Bozo the Clown on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1959 until 1962), who performed using the moniker "Ronald McDonald, the Hamburger-Happy Clown" in 1963 on three separate television spots. These were the first three television ads featuring the character.

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