First Lady: ‘Imagine’ an America Where Kids Beg for ‘More Fruits, Vegetables’

By Penny Starr | March 8, 2013 | 5:55 PM EST

First lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

( – First Lady Michelle Obama said she can “imagine” an America where businesses promote the “healthiest options” so children will be “begging and pleading” for fruits and vegetables, adding that “it is possible to create” such a world.

“I mean, just think for a minute what this country could look like,” Mrs. Obama said at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit on Friday at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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“Imagine walking into any grocery store in America and finding the healthiest options clearly marked and centrally placed so that you know within seconds what’s good for your family when you walk in that store,” Mrs. Obama said. “Imagine opening up a menu in any restaurant and knowing exactly what items will give your family the most nutrition for your hard-earned dollar.”

“Imagine our kids begging and pleading, throwing tantrums to get you to buy more fruits, vegetables and whole grains,” Mrs. Obama said.

“Yes, this is possible,” Mrs. Obama said. “It is possible to create this world!”

Mrs. Obama praised corporations like Walmart, Disney and Darden Restaurants for marketing healthier foods to children.

She also touted the launch of “Let’s Move Active Schools,” a $70 million initiative “to promote physical activity and bring physical education back to our schools,” Mrs. Obama said.

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