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Michelle Obama: Walmart Fulfilling Its ‘Moral Obligations’ by Selling Healthy Foods
CNSNews.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | Fred Lucas

Posted on 03/02/2013 5:11:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama is praising what has often been one of the left’s biggest targets, Walmart, for helping to fight obesity and “food deserts” in the United States.

“At Walmart, you can believe that as America’s largest retailer, you have an obligation that goes far beyond the bottom line,” Obama said Thursday at a Walmart in Springfield, Mo.

“You know that every day, with the products you sell, you’re helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. You’re helping kids get the nutrition they need to learn and grow and fulfill their God-given potential and those aren’t just business opportunities. They’re moral obligations -- truly. They’re responsibilities to the health of our families and the future of our next generation.”

Mrs. Obama has made fighting obesity, particularly childhood obesity, her top cause as first lady. She talked about how Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has stepped up to offer healthier options, and she insisted that other retailers must do the same thing.

“In the coming months and years, we need more American businesses to step up and meet those responsibilities,” the first lady said. “We need more companies to do what Walmart has done -- to dig deep and to find new ways to make money by giving families better information and healthier choices.”

Many liberal organizations such as labor unions and President Barack Obama’s base, have long criticized Walmart for its non-union stores. A top donor to Obama’s campaigns, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) supported a nationwide protest against Walmart last November.

But on Thursday, Mrs. Obama was full of praise for Walmart:

“You have opened 86 new stores -- one of the most important calls, most important work to eliminating food deserts, because you’ve opened these stores, including this one, in underserved communities,” she said.

“And now you’ve launched your ‘Great for You’ seal that I got to see firsthand that helps customers immediately spot healthy items on the shelf -- so they don’t have to spend hours poring over those fine-print labels that you can barely understand to figure out which foods are healthy and which ones aren’t.”

Walmart’s “Great for You” seal is a front-of-package icon that will appear on more than 1,300 Great Value and Marketside food and beverages sold in Walmart’s U.S. stores.

Walmart also has committed itself to improve the nutritional quality of Walmart’s Great Value brand and national food brands by reducing sodium by 25 percent, added sugars by 10 percent and removing all industrially produced trans fats by the end of 2015.

It has promised to increase Americans’ access to fresh, healthier and affordable food by opening between 275 and 300 new stores in urban and rural food deserts by the end of 2016.

And the retailer plans to help Americans better understand nutrition and healthier eating options by increasing its charitable support for nutrition programs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: children; fooddeserts; greatforyouseal; greatvalue; health; letsmove; michelleobama; moochelle; nannystate; nutrition; obesity; salt; sodium; sugar; transfats; walmart
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Mugabee’s lecturing about Morality, loosing weight and Budgets...

Ironic.


51 posted on 03/02/2013 7:14:05 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Truth2012

‘’Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue’’. — Francois De la Rochefoucheld.


52 posted on 03/02/2013 7:39:58 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FUMO!


53 posted on 03/02/2013 7:47:20 PM PST by Third Person (Do the Strandski!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Freep you, Michelle Obama!

I get plenty of healthy food at Walmart. They have large packages of fresh spinach, a great price on bulk brocolli, 10 lbs. of potatoes for $3.95, sweet potatoes on markdown at $.55/lb., competitive prices on bagged apples and bananas.

In the county seat, they put 96% lean ground beef on 1/3 off. (Not at my local branch, though, go figure.) My Mexican church ladies are hitting the sales on the parts of meat I don’t eat and those vegetables that I don’t know what they are, plus coupons on Mexican brands of pastry ... but Moooooochelle isn’t, so why doesn’t she just shut up.


54 posted on 03/02/2013 7:54:51 PM PST by Tax-chick (We don't like original material, unless it's been done before.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama is praising what has often been one of the left’s biggest targets, Walmart... wait a minute - she prefers to shop at Target:


55 posted on 03/02/2013 8:02:12 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Anybody wanna Reallly Get Sick to their stomachs?

Google the budget for “Let’s Move”.

That’s a personal grift gift from BO to MO.

Lucky us.....


56 posted on 03/02/2013 8:07:57 PM PST by mowowie (e-ellected.)
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To: mowowie

Is she trying to help wal mart or hurt them?

Makes me no difference.

Too much China in wal mart for me to shop there, haven’t stepped foot in one in YEARS.


57 posted on 03/02/2013 8:21:28 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FYI, the Mooch and Her Thighness are both former Directors of WalMart.


58 posted on 03/02/2013 8:22:14 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: ctdonath2

all this smells like ....tax break for Wal-Mart...


59 posted on 03/02/2013 8:40:46 PM PST by malia
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To: KittenClaws

If you really want to eat some genetically modified foods (GMO) which were created by Monsanto, a chemical company formerly run by Michael Taylor, now FDA employee of bambi then by all means shop at Wally.. you will be right in line for the d panels when the SHTF.


60 posted on 03/02/2013 9:06:44 PM PST by acapesket
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This wasn’t mean for me right? As I clearly stated that I do not shop at wal mart.


61 posted on 03/02/2013 9:11:55 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Where does an unelected public figure (or an elected public figure) get off making judgments of a corporation’s “moral responsibility?”


62 posted on 03/02/2013 9:16:01 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


63 posted on 03/02/2013 9:23:45 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

DemRATS will eat anything!


64 posted on 03/03/2013 1:01:11 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m late to this thread, but I’d like to know when it became a priority for us peons to fund a world tour for the FLOTUS? Hillary vs Mooch 2016 Back Yard Bitch Slap Brawl


65 posted on 03/03/2013 1:39:11 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Curse them all and their gd “causes”.


66 posted on 03/03/2013 2:18:37 AM PST by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Sloppy ass first momma didn’t realize that Walmart has one of the largest produce sections of any supermarket out there. Then again if you are only looking for french fries an bbq sauce you wouldn’t notice.
67 posted on 03/03/2013 4:13:30 AM PST by saneright
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Who resigned and made moochelle Pope?


68 posted on 03/03/2013 6:34:38 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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