First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, where she joined the Walt Disney Company to announce that Disney will become the first major media company to introduce new standards for food advertising on programming targeting kids and families.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, where she joined the Walt Disney Company to announce that Disney will become the first major media company to introduce new standards for food advertising on programming targeting kids and families. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.

It was a telling example of the fine line the first lady walks as she tries to improve America's health and eating habits without provoking complaints that she's telling people how to eat or raise their children.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Mrs. Obama said there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the country's health challenges. But she said she "applauds anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities," and she's citing New York as one example.

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