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Michelle Obama Wants To End 'Food Deserts' In America

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Earlier this month, Ecorazzi reported that Michelle Obama recently launched “Let’s Move!” — an initiative to help end childhood obesity by educating parents, encouraging young people to exercise more and improving accessibility to healthy food.

The latest entry in the White House blog (yes, the White House has a blog), features a video of Michelle Obama discussing the importance of ending “food desserts.”

According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a food desert is a “place where there is not easy access, affordable access, reasonable access to fresh fruits and vegetables — to a grocery store.”

That’s right, in low-income and rural areas all across the country, many people rely on convenience stores and fast food restaurants for their nutritional needs, which, as most know, is nutritional suicide.

In the video, Obama states:

“With a modest initial investment of about $400 million a year, we’re going to use that money to leverage hundreds of millions of more from private and nonprofit sectors to bring grocery stores and other food retailers to under-served communities all across this country.”

Sounds like a good investment to us! Wanna hear more of what Michelle thinks?  Check out the video below and visit LetsMove.gov!

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