Walmart joins Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign
January 20th, 2011
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The largest grocery chain in the country has announced an extensive five-year plan to make its food healthier and more affordable. Walmart, which serves roughly 140 million consumers a week, announced the initiative as a collaboration between its corporation and first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.

"To more and more of our customers, living better means the ability to walk into our stores and find foods that will help their families live healthier lives," said Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart. "And importantly, to find these foods at prices they can afford."

Saving money and living better do not always go together when it comes to food. Often highly processed foods rich in sodium, trans-fats, or added sugars are less expensive, and thus more affordable, than fresh produce. Access to healthy foods is also an issue; so-called "food deserts" exist throughout the country, leaving many Americans with minimal access to healthy fare.

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  1. gretchen

    fr the article:

    >..."To more and more of our customers, living better means the ability to walk into our stores and find foods that will help their families live healthier lives," said Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart. "And importantly, to find these foods at prices they can afford."...<

    Hey Leslie, how about paying ALL of your workers a living wage, so they can afford it, too?

    BOYCOTT WALMART AND SAM'S CLUB.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  2. Skottikins

    More affordable? Lord, they'd have to give it away.

    January 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  3. Jerv

    "five-year plan to make its food healthier and more affordable"

    Really? I ain't buyin' it. They would have entire empty aisles if they started cutting back on stuff larded down with corn syrup, salt and processed beyond recognition.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:28 am |
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