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Michelle Obama hosts kids' lunchtime 'state dinner' at White House

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First lady Michelle Obama hosts the first ever "Kids' State Dinner" in the East Room at the White House in Washington, on Aug. 20.

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Party balloons sit on the floor of the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, on Aug. 20, 2012, in preparations for the "Kids' State Dinner," hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with mothers and their children during first ever Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House in Washington, DC, on Aug. 20.

AP reports -- At the first ever White House "kids state dinner," first lady Michelle Obama told America's top junior chefs Monday that the dishes they created are proving that fun eating can be "healthy and tasty at the same time."

"Your recipes truly stood out," she said to an East Room filled with kids who won a nationwide recipe competition. "You came up with dishes that were packed with nutritious, delicious ingredients — dishes that are good for you but more importantly they taste good, too. See? It can happen."

The event was the latest effort in Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to combat childhood obesity with more exercise and a better diet.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama hugs her introducer, 12-year-old Marshall Reid from North Carolina and author of "Portion Size Me: A Kid-Driven Plan to a Healthier Family," during a Kids' "State Dinner" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Aug. 20. This first time event includes 54 children, ages 8-12, from all US states, three territories and Washington, DC, to a luncheon in support of the Let's Move campaign, featuring healthy recipes and a performance by Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush.

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A place setting is seen on a table during the first ever "Kids' State Dinner" at the White House in Washington on Aug. 20. The Obama's hosted 54 kids whose recipes were selected for the "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook".

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Michael Lakind of Texas, speaks with the media as he arrives at the Bookseller's Area for a Kids' "State Dinner" hosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Aug. 20. This first time event includes 54 kids, ages 8-12, from all US states, three territories and Washington, DC, to a luncheon in support of the Let's Move campaign, featuring healthy recipes and a performance by Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush.