First lady pledges to fight for lunch standards

Michelle Obama is standing by her nutritional standards to include more whole grains, fruits and veggies.

WASHINGTON—Michelle Obama on Thursday turned her annual garden harvest into a showcase for healthier school lunch standards and pledged to "fight until the bitter end" to keep them in place.

The House is soon to vote on a bill that would allow some schools to opt out of new federal requirements that school lunches include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The White House has threatened to veto the measure.

Mrs. Obama pushed for the new standards as part of her initiative against childhood obesity and, in recent weeks, has been unusually outspoken in her criticism of the effort by Congress to allow some schools to ignore them.

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