When Michelle Obama took the stage with Wal-Mart Stores executives in January to announce the retailer's landmark nutrition goals, it seemed an odd alliance. Why, critics wondered, was the first lady of the United States partnering with a retailer, much less one with an often-maligned record on health and wellness? Those who closely followed her fight against childhood obesity, however, knew Obama didn't want to exclude anyone from the table. Wal-Mart's plan was ...

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