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Wal-Mart, other retailers join Michelle Obama's fight against childhood obesity

Retailers join childhood obesity fight

Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity moved a step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. "This is a big deal. It is a really big deal," the first lady said at the White House, where she was joined by executives from the national and regional retailers. Obama is leading a nationwide effort to lower childhood obesity rates, including by making fresh and healthier foods more widely available. She has urged grocers to expand into so-called "food deserts," which are rural or poor areas without many grocery stores. The White House says nearly 24 million people, including 6.5 million children, live in such areas. Studies have shown that limited access to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables can lead to higher levels of obesity and diet-related diseases.

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Wal-Mart, other retailers join Michelle Obama's fight against childhood obesity 07/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:32pm]
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