healthy progress

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Walmart announcement initiative to make food healthier and more affordable in Washington, January 20

The Guardian: Michelle Obama is to back plans by the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, to provide its customers healthier and more affordable food options as part of a drive to cut US obesity levels. The first lady has made promoting healthy eating her key initiative in the White House. She will join Walmart representatives at a press conference to launch the initiative later today.

Walmart is planning to cut prices on thousands of its packaged foods, reduce fat and salt content, and cut the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables. The retailer is also expected to address the problem of “food deserts” – poor urban areas that do not have supermarkets. By 2015, the company hopes to have lowered sodium content by 25% and sugar by 10% in its processed goods, and to have phased out any remaining trans-fats.

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16 Responses to “healthy progress”

  1. 1 Perry
    January 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Wow, a beautiful, healthy woman encouraging us to eat beautiful, healthy food! How I love this woman!

  2. 2 Jessica
    January 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Good for Wal-Mart. But what’s in it for them? Good press, tax credits?? They don’t do anything that doesn’t benefit them more than it benefits us (as most corporations do, but Wal-Mart is particularly evil and extremely conservative/Republican).

    • 3 Jessica
      January 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

      *benefit us more then it benefits them*

      Sorry for the confusion.

    • 4 Temp
      January 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      $$$$$$$, market share, better reputation which would lead to more $$$ and market share. All businesses, imo, are always looking at the bottom line. even when they are being socially responsible. Despite my feelings for Wal Mart, I hope as someone mentioned on another blog, that other companies follow. I remember when WalMart started providing generic prescriptions for $4.00, Target followed. So lets hope this snowballs in a good way.

    • 5 Theo67
      January 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      I’m also opposed to Wal-Mart for the same reasons as you, but the fact is that many people shop there, and they have such tremendous reach that they can influence food suppliers quite significantly so that better food is generally made available and more affordable for more people. This is a pretty big deal, because of what it means to the millions of families who shop there regularly, and might be opposed to hearing the message from Mrs. Obama. They’ll still get the benefit of her message – which is critical.

  3. 6 anniebella
    January 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So proud of our wonderful First Lady.

  4. 7 Dorothy Rissman
    January 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, her message is fantastic. But, I am thinking she looks really hot in that dress.

  5. 8 Fred
    January 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Mrs Obama THANK YOU for the healthy lunches you are working so hard for our children and with all due respect Madam but you look bloody hot:D

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      January 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I love the dignity and self respect she brings to looking “Hot”, genuine, natural, and nurtured by self esteem, an open and generous heart, and a high regard for intelligence and education.
      May all our young ladies find inspiration and insight through Michelle’s example.

  6. 11 cat48
    January 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Mrs. O looks pretty again today. I love that dress..but I love simple clothing and muted colors on myself. Of course, Michelle looks great in everything.

  7. 12 Janine
    January 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    The First Lady continues to me a role model for healthy living. I think its great that Walmart has decided to provide more healthy options in their stores. I am not a huge fan of Walmart but I will credit to them for this action. First Lady Michelle Obama looked healthy and fabulous, and on top of looking fabulous at the state dinner last night too!

    • 13 Audrey
      January 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      The First Lady is so hot! Whew! It does not hurt that she also has a great heart and mind.
      Good step for Walmart. Still won’t shop there, but a good step in the right direction. Thanks to the first lady.

  8. 14 Eleroy
    January 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    What an exquisite First Lady!!! Mrs Obama is simply marvelous!!!

  9. 15 rikyrah
    January 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    what does Wal-Mart get out of it?
    1. good publicity
    2. a rational reason that they can present to local city councils of the big cities in which they want to build. if they can present themselves as true alternatives to help rid certain urban areas from being ‘ food deserts’, then this is way for them to get permission to build in certain cities.

  10. 16 vitaminlover
    January 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    She’s so cute.

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