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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Michelle Obama: First Lady Headed to Springfield Walmart For Anti-Obesity Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

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First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri to promote her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

To what do we owe this honor?

It may not hurt that Missouri is on track to have incredibly high rates of obesity in the coming years, at least according to some studies. And the state's overweight-obesity level has increased nearly thirteen percent over the past fifteen years.

But why Walmart?

Because the company is committed to healthy food! At least that's according to a handful of corporate press releases sent our way.

In its recent announcement, the White House says that the First Lady is visiting Springfield to see the changes Walmart has made to reduce sodium and added sugars from packaged food items -- "to make healthier food more affordable, and to include a simple front-of-package seal for identifying healthier food choices."

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The store she is visiting on Thursday was apparently opened as part of the company's "Let's Move" commitment to open or expand up to 300 stores in communities that have limited access to healthy and affordable food.

Springfield is the third stop on a two-day national tour that begins in Clinton, Mississippi and then moves to Chicago before coming to Missouri.

The First Lady will tour the Springfield store in the afternoon and then deliver remarks "about how supporting the health of American families is also good for business, and remind consumers that it's up to them to continue demanding healthier options," the White House says.

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In 2011, Walmart promoted its Healthier Food initiative alongside the First Lady. Now, they have five corporate commitments to healthy food.

The question on everyone's mind: Will the First Lady dance? One can only hope.

Continue for Michelle Obama's latest video and for the full press announcement.

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