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School Meal Programs Have Major Impact on Children's Diet: First Lady

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People who prepare meals for students have more control over what children eat than parents, according to first lady Michelle Obama.

She noted that children enrolled in school meal programs consume about half their daily calories at school. About 31 million children in the United States take part in school-based lunch and breakfast programs, the Associated Press reported.

The first lady spoke Monday at the School Nutrition Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The group is participating in Michele Obama's new campaign to reduce childhood obesity.

About one in three children in the U.S. is either overweight or obese, the AP reported.

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