First Lady, Wal-Mart Partner on Healthy Foods Initiative

January 21, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) —   Just a few years ago, President Obama refused to shop at Wal-Mart. But his wife now has other ideas.  First lady Michelle Obama joined executives from the big-box behemoth on Thursday to announce a new program to promote more healthful foods. The move was part of her signature campaign to fight childhood obesity, and Wal-Mart pledged to reduce sodium and sugar and eliminate trans fats in the packaged foods it sells to roughly 140 million customers each week – or, possibly now 140,000,002.  “When I see a company like Wal-Mart launch an initiative like this, I feel more hopeful than ever before,” the first lady said in a speech at THEARC in Southeast Washington in front of crates of fresh produce. “We can improve how we make and sell food in this country.”

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