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(Apple Dippers and Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfaits are some of the healthier alternatives McDonald's offers.  File photo)

(Apple Dippers and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits are some of the healthier alternatives McDonald’s offers. File photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A Philadelphia-based order of Catholic nuns is ready to ask the McDonald’s fast food chain to do a better job battling childhood obesity.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia owns some McDonald’s stock, and will make a proposal at Thursday’s shareholder’s meeting.  Tom McCaney, the order’s associate director of corporate and social responsibility, says McDonald’s has been making nutritious changes — but maybe not pushing them.

“A recent study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that 93 percent of the time that they ordered Happy meals, french fries were included without asking the customers if they’d like the healthier alternatives like Apple Dippers,” says McCaney.

He says the order is not against Happy Meals, but is suspicious that the toys they contain are used to market unhealthy food to kids.  McCaney says the order has decided to target McDonald’s as the industry leader.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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