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Vilsack tours Des Moines Hy-vee, speaks about health food

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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.

 

Online Producer-Chris Becker

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