'I'd like a hotcakes and sausage meal, followed by a fitness workout'

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) tries to kick a ball into a net at the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) tries to kick a ball into a net at the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) take part in exercises during the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) take part in exercises during the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) take part in exercises during the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) take part in exercises during the sporting day-out for more than 100 McDonald’s employees at West Coast Park on April 6, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Patrons of McDonald’s may find themselves savouring their favourite burgers or hotcakes and later burning the calories from these foods, all at the same place.

The fast-food chain plans to hold family-targeted fitness workout sessions at several of its outlets in public parks from July 28 to the week after National Day on Aug 9.

These sessions will be open to the public, and more details will be released later.

The activity is being planned in partnership with the annual GetActive Singapore 2018, which aims to gather Singaporeans through sports in celebration of National Day.

McDonald’s is GetActive Singapore’s first partner for this year.

This was announced at a sports event for 100 McDonald’s employees on Friday (April 6) at the West Coast Park Grand Lawn. It was  organised by national sports agency Sport Singapore.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said at the event: “The last round of GetActive Singapore, we had 300 companies joining us and they have been with us ever since, so I think these companies feel and see the benefit of coming with us... we hope more companies can come on board.”

McDonald’s also hopes to get its employees to sign up for Sport Singapore’s Active Health programme, so as to motivate them to take charge of their health.

The health and fitness of participants will be assessed at the two Active Health Labs, at Our Tampines Hub and Heartbeat@Bedok. They will also be guided on how to achieve their health goals.

Mr Kenneth Chan, managing director of McDonald’s Singapore, said that GetActive Singapore and Active Health are good programmes to get the company’s employees to start exercising.

GetActive Singapore is into its third edition this year and will feature sports festivals as well as sports initiatives organised by individuals and organisations.