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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 4:04 p.m.

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama says drinking more water is the best thing Americans can do to improve their health.

She spoke Thursday in Watertown, Wis., where she was helping the nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America launch a new campaign to encourage people to drink more water.

The effort is backed by the American Beverage Association and a number of bottled water companies.

Some health and environmental companies say while encouraging people to drink water is a good thing, they'd like to see the first lady focus on promoting tap water, which is free and avoids litter from plastic bottles that aren't recycled.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 3:23 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Workers at Wisconsin public water systems say they are excited about first lady Michelle Obama choosing the state to launch a new initiative encouraging people to drink more water.

They say her decision to appear in Watertown on Thursday highlights the high quality of tap water.

Ann-Perry Witmer is vice chair of the Wisconsin Water Association, which recognized Watertown in 2010 as having the best tasting water in the state. The group represents public water systems.

Witmer says tap water "is the best tasting and the healthiest for you" because it must meet standards set by regulators.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 1:53 p.m.

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Excitement is growing in Watertown, where first lady Michelle Obama is expected to appear Thursday afternoon.

A few residents are sitting in lawn chairs along the street leading to Watertown High School, where Mrs. Obama plans to launch a new campaign to help encourage people to drink more water. Security at the school is tight.

The campaign run by the nonpartisan nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America is being backed by leaders from industry, entertainment and government.

The White House says Obama chose Watertown as the place to launch the effort because the goal is to make every town a water town.

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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 5:16 a.m.

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama will be visiting Wisconsin on Thursday to encourage people to drink more water.

Obama is expected to speak at Watertown High School in the afternoon.

The event is part of a new initiative in which leaders from industry, entertainment and government will promote the health benefits of drinking water.

The White House says Obama chose Watertown as the place to launch the effort because the goal is to make every town a water town.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, September 9, 2013 --- 3:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Michelle Obama and actress Eva Longoria are coming to Watertown High School on Thursday for an event to promote the drinking of water over sugary soft drinks.

The White House announced the event on Monday. It is not open to the general public.

Watertown Mayor John David says he thinks the 24,000-population city, located roughly in between Madison and Milwaukee, was selected because it has the word "water" in its name. And, David says, "We've actually got tremendous drinking water."

Obama is joining with Partnership for a Healthier America to launch a new nationwide effort to encouraging the drinking of more water. The White House says the new effort will bring together leaders from industry, entertainment, media and government to promote the health benefits of drinking water.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, September 9, 2013 --- 2:18 p.m.

First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Watertown Thursday.

According to a press release, the First Lady will join the Partnership for a Healthier America as they launch a new nationwide effort to encourage Americans to drink more water.

The new effort will bring together leaders from industry, entertainment, media and government around the simple message that water is one of the best and easiest choices every one of us can make every day.

The First Lady will join PHA President and CEO Lawrence A. Soler, Watertown Mayor John David, actress Eva Longoria and brand representatives to make this announcement at Watertown High School.


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