Coach Beverly "Bev" Kearney

Coach Beverly "Bev" Kearney

McDonald’s USA announces Coach Beverly “Bev” Kearney (pictured above) will join the judging panel for the company’s first Happy Meal Chefs, a contest seeking top inspiring stories from parent-and-child teams who enjoy cooking with wholesome ingredients at family mealtime.

The contest, which is part of McDonald’s renewed emphasis on children’s wellbeing, will award 10 kids a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the company’s Global Champions of Play program where they will join kids from around the world to celebrate balanced eating and fun play.

Two Grand Prize Winners will become honorary “Happy Meal Chefs” and experience a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship with McDonald’s executive chef Dan Coudreaut.

Through April 18, McDonald’s Happy Meal Chefs is looking to reward top kids’ stories of nutritious fun at family mealtime. Kearney, head coach for The University of Texas (UT) women’s track and field and cross country teams and 2012 recipient of the BET Honors education award, will join five-time U.S. Olympic Swimmer and McDonald’s Global Champions of Play Ambassador Dara Torres and nutrition experts Dr. Keith Ayoob and Sylvia Klinger on the contest’s judging panel.

Kearney, who is one of the most successful and decorated coaches across all collegiate athletics, will help the panel review the contest’s video submissions and select the 10 finalists.

Parents or legal guardians with kids ages eight to 11 are eligible to enter online at the Happy Meal Chefs contest page. Participants must answer a brief questionnaire and submit a short video online that creatively showcases their family mealtime.

They’re also encouraged to learn about and feature recommended food groups from the USDA’s MyPlate, the balanced-eating symbol based on federal dietary guidelines.

Open to US residents 18 yrs+ who are parent/legal guardian of a child 8-11 yrs, the contest ends 4/18/12. See rules at info, deadlines and complete details.

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