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Sears among companies helping military families

The White House is partnering with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Siemens AG to help struggling military families find jobs as part of an initiative partially overseen by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

Each company will offer different services for military spouses and veterans as part of an initiative–called Joining Forces–formally launched Tuesday by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Get the full story »

Nutrition labels to move to the front of packages

Nutrition labeling is coming to the front of packaged foods. (AP)

A coalition of food and beverage manufacturers and retailers announced a plan to help consumers identify healthier choices in the grocery aisle.

Called  “Nutrition Keys,” the program  led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association will place pertinent calorie, fat, sodium and sugar information on the front of packages.

Developed in response to a request from  First Lady Michelle Obama nearly a year ago,  it also will call out products that contain under-consumed nutrients including potassium, fiber or vitamin C.

The Nutrition Keys logo will appear on products deemed to fit within a “balanced and healthy diet as part of the federal government’s daily dietary advice.

“Front-of-pack labels have become important in recent years, as experts acknowledge that few shoppers read the information panels on the back of foods.
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