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Walmart and Nutrition

Walmart's Commitment to Providing Healthier Food

So I'm sure you've read all the blogs bashing Walmart but what about their nutrition?  What does Walmart bring to our table as far as Nutrition goes?  I'd like to shed some light on the subject for you.  Even if you're anti Walmart we all need to keep an open mind and learn about every aspect before forming our ever so "set in our way" opinions.

Let's face it, in this day and age when it comes to nutrition we could all use an economical way to feed our families heathy food.  Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced $9.5 million in grants to organizations with a shared mission of promoting healthy eating habits. The funding will support nutrition education programs, provide classes focused on learning to cook and shop for healthier foods on a budget and provide live cooking demonstrations in communities nationwide. Still anti Walmart?    

Demonstrating how simple heart-healthy cooking can be is a great way to inspire Americans to prepare nutritious, budget-friendly meals at home.  In October, Walmart participated in National Food Day by promoting healthy recipes recommended by the American Heart Association.  Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. If you’re ready to start cooking at home, Walmart has dozens of recipes and pointers to ease you into the kitchen. Their recipes are simple, nutritious and each has a preparation video so you won’t miss a step.  Still Anti Walmart?

Walmart announced in July 2011 that it will open between 275-300 stores serving the Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated food desert areas by 2016. These stores, in both urban and rural areas, will provide access to groceries for more than 800,000 people living in food deserts.   What is a "food desert"?  A food desert is any area in the industrialized world where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. Food deserts are prevalent in rural as well as urban areas and are most prevalent in low-socioeconomic minority communities. They are associated with a variety of diet-related health problems. Food deserts are also linked with supermarket shortage.  Sound familiar?  It does to me.  Still anti Walmart?

By opening stores where customers need them most, Walmart will help build healthier families and stronger communities. "We believe every single person should have access to an abundant selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price,” said Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart.

Many areas classified as food deserts are also job deserts. More than 40,000 associates will work in these stores once they are open. These full- and part-time jobs will provide competitive wages and the opportunity to build a career with the company.

We protest so much about "corporate" Walmart coming into our town but we never look at what this company CAN do for our community, especially regarding healthy and nutritious foods.  If you build it, they will come, in droves.

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Daron Anderson July 24, 2012 at 04:14 AM
You're welcome. Food can come to a lot of factors, and I think that the super-processed items are freaky. Hormel makes a food thickener that I was forced to use in a hospital that I worked at. I used to think, WTF is wrong here? I have carrotts, i can puree, and reduce them until they are the needed consistency. With nutrition, there are so many ways to look at one's diet. You have to determine what their numbers are, and do they have a goal? Height, Weight, Age, Activity, BMI, Allergies, RDA's but then RDA's applied to BMI. Calories burned / gained, HDL, LDL... there is a LOT to contend with. GMO's, HMO, PPO's and oh oh no's... There's always going to be something to protest, but we have a choice, and frankly, I don't have time to worry about what someone else eats. (except my son) If we really wanted to address a useless, processed grocery format, we should take a long look at Target... that is processed food 101.
Marge Nichols November 02, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Since when is Lincoln Ave in Altadena a "food desert?" With two well-patronized, privately owned grocery stores in the immediate vicinity chosen by Walmart, it's going to be all about small businesses fighting to keep their noses above water. And that's not to mention local small businesses that sell beauty supplies, gift cards, and pharmacies in the area. Want to see more empty storefronts? WM is the way to go.
Lisa Maiorana November 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Sorry Marge, it's coming whether you like it or not, that's what these small business owners can't seem to wrap their brains around. It's called growth, and Altadena needs it badly to survive along with good paying jobs and employment for our community, don't see too many small business owners being able to do that!
Lisa Hastings November 03, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I agree that the small business owners need to stay competitive in order to stay in business. However, the more I find out about Walmart and the industrial food production in our country, the more I am convinced that the corporate ownership and control of our food supply is bad for our health, bad for the environment, and bad for the economy. Specifically, corporate grocers rely upon factory farms and the industrialization of chicken, beef, and pork where animals are brutalized and fed unnatural diets of genetically engineered feed (GMO) necessitating routine treatment of unnecessary diseases with antibiotics and other drugs. Also, did you know that 94% of all corn and soy comes from GMO seeds which contributes to allergies and intestinal problems, especially in children? My solution is a solution many others have chosen. Pay now by buying organic and locally grown meat and produce by shopping the farmers markets, instead of paying later in high medical costs and in damages to the environment. And vote yes on Prop 37.
Lisa Hastings November 03, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Supporting local fruit, vegetable, and dairy/chicken farmers keeps our dollars in the local economy and helps family farmers. Again, it may cost more to do this but its either pay now or pay later. Also, some farmers markets accept EBT, such as the Altadena farmers market, which allows poorer families to purchase high quality foods without having to resort to factory farmed pesticide and GMO laden food from Walmart.

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