Michelle Obama Now Telling the Nation to Drink Up

Michelle Obama is starting a new campaign called Drink Up. (Chris Kleponis/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama is starting a new campaign called Drink Up. (Chris Kleponis/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama would like to see people pop more bottes and raise more glasses — of water.


The first lady announced that the latest campaign in her initiative to combat childhood obesity will focus on getting people to drink more of Earth's most natural thirst quencher, according to the Associated Press. The message is straightforward and simple: Drink up. 

She was joining the Partnership for a Healthier America as the nonpartisan, nonprofit group launches the nationwide effort from Watertown, Wis., with backing from a variety of likely and unlikely sources, including the beverage industry, media, government and entertainers, including actress Eva Longoria. Mrs. Obama is the organization's honorary chairman.

Mrs. Obama said she has realized since beginning her anti-childhood obesity initiative in 2010 that drinking more water is the best thing people can do for their health.

"It's really that simple," she said in a White House statement. "Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy and the way you feel. So 'drink up' and see for yourself" …

Sam Kass, executive director of "Let's Move," the first lady's anti-childhood obesity initiative, cited federal statistics showing that about 40 percent of people drink less than half the typically recommended eight cups of water a day and that about one-fourth of kids below age 19 don't drink any plain water at all on any given day.

Read more at ABC News.

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