After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.
The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.
The group released an 80-pagereportthis month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.
To encourage Americans, including food stamp recipients, to purchase and eat healthier foods, USDA has come up with a few suggestions, including “SNAP-Ed cooking classes,” and consultations with dieticians in grocery stores, a point system whereby shoppers could receive perks like movie tickets for buying healthy food, and of course, the talking shopping cart