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First lady Michelle Obama promotes drinking water in Watertown

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First lady Michelle Obama promotes drinking water in Watertown

CREATED Sep. 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 12, 2013

WATERTOWN - It was all about water in Watertown on Thursday. The first lady paid a special visit to the high school to launch her new Drink Up campaign.

Michelle Obama is trying to sell a generation hooked on soda or energy drinks that water is not only cool - it's the original energy drink.  
"I just want us to make a little toast," said Mrs.Obama as she addressed a huge crowd of students. "I know you guys have been practicing this. We've got our Drink Up water bottles."
The first lady was the toast of the town as she kicked off her nationwide Drink Up campaign to get kids and everyone else to drink more water.
"You can choose anything in the world to drink, but when you choose water, you truly are choosing the best thing you can for yourself," said Mrs. Obama.
Mrs. Obama picked Watertown, also home to a couple of companies that produce soft drinks, to promote the healthier H-2-O choice.
"Just drink up. Because truly, as I've said before, water is the first and best energy drink," said Mrs. Obama. 
To help hype her hydration goals the first lady tapped into Eva Longoria's star power.
Students seemed impressed with the all-star stop.
"I think its a good message," said student Ian Opperman. "Drinking water is definitely important for young people so they can stick with a healthier diet. I think it's cool that Michelle Obama and Eva Longoria came to support it too."
The drink up campaign also promotes tap water as a healthy choice. In 2010 Watertown was recognized as having the best tasting water in the state.