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Michelle Obama Lauds Subway's New Healthy Kids Menu

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama has a new ally in her effort to promote healthy eating, expanding the list of restaurants and celebrities who have joined her cause.

At a Subway shop near the White House on Thursday, the first lady joined athletes and executives to announce the restaurant chain’s new $41 million initiative to get kids to eat healthier food.

“Today with these new initiatives, Subway is once again stepping up to provide even more healthy choices for our families,” Mrs. Obama said.   

“I'm excited about this initiative for a couple of reasons, first because I’m first lady,” she said. “I’m also excited about this as a mom, just like your parents are because there was a time in my life when I was like a regular parent...It’s a little different now I have to admit.”

Subway will tailor its menu to adhere to federal school lunch nutrition standards, offering apples as a side dish and setting non-fat plain milk and water as its default beverages. The first lady said their efforts are a “terrific example of what a kids menu should look like.”

The first lady was joined by Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, Olympic champion gymnast Nastia Liukin, and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants.

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