Thanks to her work rounding up partnerships and commitments from the private sector for the Let's Move! campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama joins America's most influential and successful food industry leaders on Supermarket News' 2011 Power 50 list. Number 1 on the list is Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart--which also happens to be Mrs. Obama's largest corporate partner. Today, Mrs. Obama will announce new partnerships for the Let's Move! campaign, during an afternoon event at the White House.
"Her impact on the supermarket industry has been significant, with companies frequently invoking her name when announcing new health initiatives," notes Supermarket News.
The Power 50 list is divided into categories, and Mrs. Obama holds the #1 position in the Associations/Government category, which makes her 45th overall. The list includes global movers and shakers, including the CEOS of Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Kraft Foods, and Dole, to name a small cross section. Mrs. Obama is listed ahead of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in her category.
"Obama seeks to do no less than change America's attitude towards health and wellness," notes Supermarket News.
*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama