Red Lobster, Olive Garden Listening to First Lady
(The Root) — Since launching her Let’s Move! campaign targeting childhood obesity a year and a half ago, first lady Michelle Obama has made headway on school nutrition and access to fresh food. Among other undertakings, she’s successfully advocated for the authorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which sets tighter nutrition standards for foods regularly sold in schools; fostered the donation of 6,000 salad bars to mostly low-income public schools by United Fresh Produce Association; and partnered with Wal-Mart, which pledged to lower the cost of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods for its 140 million weekly customers. On Thursday, Darden Restaurants, Inc. — parent company to Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, LongHorn Steakhouse, the Capital Grille and Seasons 52 chains — also committed to doing better nutritionwise.