Eating healthy just got a bit easier. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer announced Thursday they will be cutting-down on excess sodium, added sugars and oils from the food it produces. The plan, announced in-part by First Lady Michelle Obama is geared at fighting obesity, especially in children.
Mrs. Obama, who has championed the cause of fighting childhood obesity had high words for the plan. "It's a victory for parents. It's a victory for families. But most of all, it's a victory for our children," said Obama.
In addition to the cuts on bad ingredients, the store has pledged to cut the costs of healthy foods, including fresh produce. "Customers should not have to pay more to eat healthier," said Wal-Mart rep Andrea Thomas.
Shoppers in Texoma were excited by the news. "I'm a Diabetic and I have to buy extra stuff and its always expensive. I guess its just because it can be," said Sherri Hicks. Many shoppers outside the Wal-Mart on Lawrence Road shared her frustration. "I would buy more of the healthy stuff - I mean I already try but I can't always afford it," she said.
Comments about the move lit-up the Newschannel 6 facebook page. Myra Bullard Gideon writes "It has been my experience that every time I make a concerted effort to make our household's diet more healthy, our grocery bill goes noticeably higher."
In addition to taking 25% of sodium and 10% of added sugars out of the equation over the next 5 years, WalMart will pressure its suppliers to follow suit. The store pledged to create "Nutrition Centers" that help to create a healthier America.
If you would like to get tips on living a healthier life, there are resources online. Check out the Let's Move site for pointers.