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Video: Michelle Obama marks 2 years of “Let’s Move” at Disney World

Michelle Obama

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Most recently in our fair city of Los Angeles to promote healthy food in low-income areas, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized the 2-year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” program at Disney’s “Magic of Healthy Living” event last weekend.

Alongside a group of Disney Channel stars like Kelsey Chow and choreographer Rosereo McCoy, Mrs. Obama showed off some fancy dance moves like “The Platypus Walk” for the family-friendly audience that reached upwards to 1,500 people.

Five activity stations were set up for kids to get their own sweat on, with pro athletes leading soccer drills, wind sprints and tennis serves. Florida senator Bill Nelson showed his personal commitment to fitness by hitting the stage and peeling off 50 straight push-ups.

The day before the First Lady’s Disney appearance, she was at a Dallas elementary school promoting healthy living with a cooking contest with Tom Colicchio, host of Bravo Channel’s hit show “Top Shelf.” 


Walmart introduces new "Great For You" healthy food label

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Long one of America’s most controversial retailers, Walmart continues it’s aggressive charge to being a more responsible one with the launch of new labels clearly identifying healthier food choices for shoppers.

Starting this spring, the bright green “Great For You” label will appear on Walmart house brands Great Value and Marketside, as well as fresh and packaged produce.

“Walmart moms are telling us they want to make healthier choices for their families, but need help deciphering all the claims and information already displayed on products,” explained Andrea Thomas, the senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart in a press release. “Our ‘Great For You’ icon provides customers with an easy way to quickly identify healthier food choices. As they continue to balance busy schedules and tight budgets, this simple tool encourages families to have a healthier diet.”