Ypulse Essentials: McDonald's Cuts Calories From Happy Meals, Big New From Comic Con, Foursquare Expands College Program

McDonald's Fries and ApplesMcDonald’s is revamping its happy meals (to make them healthier. Kids will find fewer fries, and a serving of fruit or veggies instead, lowering the overall calorie content by 20%. McDonalds had thought about cutting out the fries altogether but that was tipping the scales too far for parents and kids who still want the meal to be a treat. As for teaching kids about veggies and healthy eating, here’s a cool kit that helps them grow their own) (NY Times, reg required) (Slate) (Trend Hunter)

- What was big at Comic Con last week? (Anything Kristin Stewart. She and her costars for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” and “Snow White & The Huntsman” stole the spotlight. What didn’t fare so well? “Adventures of Tintin” which was overshadowed by director Steven Spielberg’s mention of a “Jurrasic Park 4” sequel in the making. Also check out New York magazine’s wrap up of quirky highlights from the show) (Ad Age, reg required)

- Who needs freshman orientation when there’s Foursquare? (The social media company is partnering with universities — including Duke, University of Oregon, The Ohio State University, and more — and students can earn badges for checking in as they explore their school. Foursquare is also relaunching its student ambassador program to get the word out. Over in the UK, a new study shows that Internet addiction might be real; users become upset and feel lonely when denied access for only a few hours) (PSFK) (Daily Mail)

- Radio Disney and Disney Channel have selected the contestants (for the fourth season of its “Next Big Thing” competition. Singers and band members ranging from age 13 to 18 are vying for the launch of their careers beginning October 14) (Billboard)

- Walmart enters the streaming media (fray by adding Vudu to its main website. The service gives users access to more than 20,000 movies for the two-day rental price of $2) (Deadline Hollywood)

- Nick is finding that retro is the way to go (with it’s 90s revival programming block. The Twittersphere was, well, atwitter, with giddiness — and sleepiness — after the first night’s airing. In other TV news, Season 9 of “Project Runway” will allow viewers to vote for the winner of a Fan Favorite award of $10,000 via Twitter. Though the show is taped in advance, Lifetime is hoping the live voting will provide a more engaging experience) (Hollywood Reporter) (Mashable)

- The National Retail Federation’s look at back-to-school shopping (shows that consumers are seeking sales and shopping less overall this year. They’re also trading down to store brands and private label products to save money) (National Retail Federation)

- Girl Scouts of America is getting ready to celebrate (its 100th anniversary next year, and this new commemorative book highlights the organization’s activities, milestones, and notable members over the past century) (Ms Twixt)


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    [...] fruits or veggies as default side dishes along with a glass of milk. This news comes shortly after McDonald’s announcement about healthier kid’s meals, and we hope other restaurants will follow after. However, popular food and beverage brands [...]

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