Riley Hospital for Children ends partnership with McDonald's

Effort to meet guidelines set by new partnership

INDIANAPOLIS - Riley Hospital for Children and the McDonald’s restaurant inside the hospital are parting ways.

The hospital is currently part of The Partnership for a Healthier America. IU Health joined the group in October of last year.

Riley is ending its relationship with McDonald's to meet the food guidelines set by that partnership. The guidelines rule out sugary beverages, fried foods and have strict limits on sodium.

Officials with Riley said they are working with several groups to bring the best food options to patients and their families.

"We will offer very healthy options to the folks here at Riley. They will also offer a breadth of different options, so not only will have fun things for kids, but also for their families, for our staff. Ideally very healthy and new options that everybody that comes into the hospital can enjoy," Riley Hospital Chief Operating Officer Russ Williams said.

Officials said they have enjoyed a good partnership with McDonald’s for more than 15 years.

The Partnership for a Healthier America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan entity that works to decrease childhood obesity nationwide.

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