Michelle Obama Announces Plan to End "Food Deserts"

First lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with the Partnership for a Healthier America to get more grocery stores in low-income areas

For some Americans, a healthy diet isn't a matter of making better choices at the supermarket -- it's about having places to shop for nutritious food at all.

First lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America announced a new plan to end "food deserts," low-income areas that lack stores selling affordable and nutritious foods. Brown’s Super Stores, Calhoun Enterprises, Klein’s Family Markets, Supervalu, Walgreens and Walmart have pledged to open or expand 1,500 locations in underserved areas nationwide. According to a press release, the stores will open over the next five years, providing food for nearly 10 million people.

“The commitments we’re announcing today have the potential to be a game-changer for kids and communities all across this country,” said Obama in a statement. “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."

These efforts are a fundamental part of Let's Move, the program designed by the first lady to end childhood obesity. Said Obama, "Let’s Move is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating, and today’s announcement means that more parents will have a fresh food retailer right in their community -- a place that sells healthy food, at reasonable prices, so they can feed their families the way they want."

For more information and tips on how to keep your family healthy and fit, sign up for our Get Moving Now Community Challenge.

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