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Denver McD's units to try carrot approach to health

DENVER More than 100 McDonald's restaurants in the Denver metro area will bundle various menu items into 11 combo meals to participate in a healthy-dining program offered through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The area McDonald's units are the first quick-service restaurants to join the two-year old Smart Meal program, said health department spokesman Mark Salley. Participating restaurants will receive a Smart Meal seal for menu pairings that contain no more than 7 00 calories, with less than 15 percent of calories from saturated fat and no more than 0.5 grams of trans fat.

Some of the meal combinations that McDonald's restaurants will begin offering to customers in June include a hamburger with a Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait, apple slices and a low fat caramel dip (510 calories), and a grilled chicken classic sandwich and a fruit and walnut salad (630 calories).

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