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PHA Applauds Partners for Opening Access to Healthy, Affordable Food in Chicago

WASHINGTON, DC (October 25, 2011)—Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) CEO Lawrence A. Soler released the following statement in regard to food access events held in Chicago today and attended by PHA honorary co-chair First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

“PHA is thrilled with the work going on in Illinois and across the country to help people who currently lack access to healthy, affordable foods. Mayor Emanuel and the First Lady’s announcement today that PHA partners Walgreens and SUPERVALU are opening or expanding stores in some of these Chicago neighborhoods is another positive step toward making the healthy choice the easy choice. It shows real momentum toward solving the issue of access to healthy, affordable foods. After all, it’s one thing to know you have to eat more fruits and vegetables – it’s another thing entirely to actually be able to buy them.”

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

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