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Michelle Obama: 'Splurging is the key to life'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

"How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little French fries."

The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them.

"I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

The first lady said she tries to teach her two daughters balance and healthy meals at home, to offset any ice cream or birthday cake they have while out.

Mrs. Obama said her favorite physical activity is tennis, which she tries to do at least once a week. She said her daughter Malia participates in track and tennis too, while Sasha enjoys basketball and dance.

She urged the young scribes- who ranged in age from 6 years old to 13 years old- to eat balanced meals, drink water and keep moving.

"The more water you drink, the less room you'll have for the junk," Mrs. Obama said.

The children reporters and their parents were part of the 30,000 people visiting the White House for the annual egg roll event.

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vtmichaelb April 22 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nothing against her at all, but isn't splurging how we have become the "fattest" country on the planet? Just saying...

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dollie vtmichaelb April 22 2014 at 9:42 AM

It's splurge on occasion. not all the time. Stop twisting her words

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sanmc58 April 21 2014 at 8:59 PM

oohh no, she told little kids it's okay to splurge??? wow

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bwbet9 April 22 2014 at 9:28 AM

Obama's splurging on the taxpayers dime.

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masser April 22 2014 at 10:15 AM

Every time there is a picture of the Obamas they are either eating pizza or ice cream, plus their sizes don't really reflect what she preaches.

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jsinvent April 22 2014 at 9:28 AM

I wonder who paid for the $300.00 shoes and $300.00 jeans. How about a thank you to the suckers that are paying the bills that would be a good jester from the jesters in the WH.

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jkmhcc April 22 2014 at 11:56 AM

Pass the Doritos and the grape soda along with my Happy Meal

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nhcoach2001 April 22 2014 at 9:26 AM

Enough of the false caring by the Obamas.
Nothing but legacy building. Can't wait to move on to some nation building.
God help us.

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YourFtr April 22 2014 at 12:36 PM

Michelle says she does it every month with WH vacations.......

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Sandy YourFtr April 22 2014 at 12:53 PM

Bush over 800 days off while in office. Look it up and be still.

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Erick April 22 2014 at 9:24 AM

The sight of the Obama's makes me sick to my stomach. I think I just puked in my mouth!

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SISTAHONTHEMOVE Erick April 22 2014 at 9:32 AM

Drop dead while you're at it.

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djrowan April 22 2014 at 8:44 AM

Michelle splurges on the public dollar more than anyone in history so who better to preach this crap.

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