The White House says several retailers, including Wal-Mart,
Walgreens and Supervalu, have agreed to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without broad access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.
Company executives were joining Michelle Obama for an
announcement at the White House Wednesday.
The first lady is on a campaign to bring down childhood obesity
rates. Increased access to fresh and healthy foods is part of that
Studies have shown that limited access to healthy foods, such as
fresh fruits and vegetables, can lead to higher levels of obesity
and diet-related diseases.
Wednesday's announcement is also being cast as a jobs creator.
The White House says the retailers estimate the effort will create
tens of thousands of jobs while serving more than 9 million people.