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Kids join first lady for 'state dinner'

Sean Reichbach, a 9-year-old from Sherman Oaks, was among the guests who joined first lady Michelle Obama for the first-ever 'kids state dinner' at the White House on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

August 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kids from around the country, including one Southern California student, dined in style with first lady Michelle Obama on Monday.

Mrs. Obama hosted the first-ever "kids state dinner" at the White House in an effort to promote healthy eating. The kids won a contest by submitting tasty and nutritious recipes.

"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."

Sean Reichbach, a 9-year-old from Sherman Oaks, was among the guests. His winning dish was Sean's Three Pepper Soup.

After the dinner, the kids were treated to a concert and a surprise appearance by President Barack Obama.

"Usually, I get invited to state dinners," he said. "This time I had to crash."

The event is part of the first lady's "Let's Move" initiative, aimed at stopping childhood obesity. The 54 winners, ages 8 through 12, were chosen from more than 1,200 entries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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