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

Categories: Food, Politics

Just for fun, here's her recent "mom dancing" video.

And here's the White House alert about her Springfield visit.

First Lady Michelle Obama to Embark on National Tour Celebrating Third Anniversary of Let's Move!

February 27-28th, First Lady to make stops in Clinton, MS; Chicago, IL; Springfield, MO

WASHINGTON, DC - On February 27, 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off a two day nation-wide tour celebrating the third anniversary of Let's Move!, her initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. The tour will showcase progress and announce new ways the country is coming together around the health of our children. Mrs. Obama will also travel to New York City this week to talk about the third anniversary of Let's Move! on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show.

On Twitter, follow @FLOTUS and @LetsMove for live updates from the national tour and join the conversation using the hashtag #LetsMoveTour.

Mrs. Obama launched Let's Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids' health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation's children.

Thanks to these efforts, families now have access to more information to make healthier decisions for their children. Young people now have more opportunities for physical activity in their communities. Food in schools has been dramatically improved. More Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food closer to home. And the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and even declined in some cities and states.

Springfield, MO * 2:25 PM CT/3:25 ET * Healthy Families, Thriving Businesses

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Springfield, Missouri to see 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. The Walmart store Mrs. Obama will visit was built as part of the company's commitment to Let's Move! to open or expand up to 300 stores in communities with limited access to healthy, affordable food. This store tour will be pooled press.

Walmart is one of many businesses across the country that is making healthy changes to support their customers, because they recognize that what's good for their customer's health is also good for their business. Following the tour, Mrs. Obama will 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.

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Lu-c Love
Lu-c Love

That's just gross. At a Walmart,really!

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Wait, all the right leaning blogs said last month that Michelle had "abandoned" the Let's Move" program- oh and as far as cost goes-Walmart is the sponsor- but yeah, much better to waste $147 billion per year that we spend on Obesity related diseases rather than try to make people healthier via the Free market system.

Valerie Perrotta Klipfel
Valerie Perrotta Klipfel

Looking at those Missouri People of Wal Mart pictures, she'll have her work cut out for her!

kristinscudder
kristinscudder

I am all for our first lady and everything, but why the hell is she going to Walmart? That company is one of the biggest things wrong within our country. They stripped Main St. USA  and forced  Mom & Pop into slave labor while pocketing billions. They are the worst company to work for and horrible on our economy. They won't offer a decent job to anyone, forcing their workers onto foodstamps and medicaid, while still pocketing BILLIONS. Capitalism needs to be capped.

veaseylover
veaseylover

Walmart SUCKS would be better if she visited a farmers market, promoted small businesses, inspire people to grow their own garden in their neighborhood. Stop making the ungrateful Walton's rich. Make America better, get rid of Walmart


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