Thursday, July 21. 2011
In a bid to bring healthier food to areas that need it most, several of the nation’s food chains have committed to opening new stores in low-income areas, according to The Partnership for a Healthier America.
The PHA is a conglomeration of several health industry leaders and influential role models like First Lady Michelle Obama. They aim to improve overall health, curb childhood obesity and take the strain off of family health insurance by preventing diseases like diabetes before they start.
Over the next five years, seven national chains - including Walmart and Brown’s Super Stores - have promised to open or expand a combined 1,500 locations in low-income areas. Because many disadvantaged neighborhoods lack access to affordable and nutritious foods, the move could make for much healthier lifestyles in those regions.
"The commitments we're announcing today have the potential to be a game-changer for kids and communities all across this country," First Lady Michelle Obama explained. "We can give people all the information and advice in the world about healthy eating and exercise, but if parents can't buy the food they need to prepare those meals because their only options for groceries are the gas station or the local minimart, then all that is just talk."
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