The two-year anniversary of Let’s Move in February was celebrated with prominent recognition of the program’s involvement in providing salad bars to schools.
First lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move Initiative Feb. 9, 2010, and dedicated to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. In a Feb. 3 summary of the program accomplishments, it was noted that the first lady’s Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools campaign has delivered 1,000 salad bars to schools in one year.
Other accomplishments of the initiative in the past two years, according to a United Fresh Produce Association release, include:
- The December 2010 signing by President Obama of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The law mandated new school nutrition regulations that comply with Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, school meals will offer and serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less sodium, saturated fat and trans fats.
- Walgreens, Supervalu, Walmart and several small grocers said they will build or expand 1,500 stores in communities with limited or no access to healthy food.
- The Darden restaurant company said it will improve kids menus by offering a fruit or vegetable and low-fat milk with every meal, as well as reduce total calories and sodium by 20% over the next 10 years across their menus.
- USDA launched My Plate and Mi Plato food icons to help parents make healthier food choices for their families.
- Walmart’s Nutrition Charter committed to lowering the cost of fruits and vegetables as well as healthier options like whole grain products by 1 billion dollars in 2011.
- U.S. food manufacturers pledged to cut 1.5 trillion calories from the market place by 2015 through their Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.