By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – Thirsty? Can we wet your whistle?
Well, drink this in Wisconsin: First lady Michelle Obama is jetting into Watertown (Where else?), Thursday afternoon to tell soda-loving Americans they need to put down the 2-liters of Dew and do the H2O.
The first lady, a one-woman crusade against obesity and the carbs, fat and sugar that can make us that way, will join the Partnership for a Healthier America in launching 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,” states the Office for the First Lady in its travel guidance, released Monday afternoon.
Not merely satisfied with her battle against fat, Obama is stepping up her health blitz, making sure Americans stay suitably hydrated. Her office notes a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that shows more than 40 percent of Americans drink less than half of the recommended amount of water daily – including 7 percent who don’t drink any water.
“This new effort will remind people that more water helps you have more energy and stamina so you can do more, longer and with better focus,” the First Lady’s Office says.
Mrs. Obama will be joined by actress Eva Longoria – Nothing says pure, water or otherwise, like the star of “Desperate Housewives” – and local celebrities at the Watertown High School around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
If you are hoping to drink in the first lady’s latest campaign to “ensure all our children grow up healthy” and help American families “make healthy choices,” you’re out of luck. The event is not open to the public.
Still unanswered as of Monday afternoon: How much Obama’s agua operation will cost taxpayers – in Watertown and beyond.
Watertown’s police chief said he would not release information on city expenses related to the First Lady’s visit. At least three officials at the White House could not answer the question, and the press office did not return a voicemail left by Wisconsin Reporter.
Want more answers?
Stay thirsty, my friend.