Vilsack tours Des Moines Hy-vee, speaks about health food
DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Tom Vilsack's finishing his first year as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
He says he'll officially announce a new healthy initiatives program next month.
Monday afternoon, during a tour of a Des Moines Hy-Vee store, Vilsack released a few details.
He says the $20 million pilot project might give low income shoppers cash incentives to buy healthier foods.
And he admits buying healthy isn't always easy to figure out.
"If you take a look at a label, unless you're a dietitian or a chemist or a doctor, it's really hard to determine as between to products which is the best product for you and your family," Vilsack said.
Vilsack praised Hy-Vee for starting its system which assigns scores of between 1 and 100 to foods based on nutritional values.
The higher the score, the better and healthier the foods.