Child care centers to follow first lady guidelines

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's second-largest for-profit child care provider is adopting Michelle Obama's healthy eating and activity guidelines.

The Learning Care Group says it will limit TV and computer time for children, eliminate fried foods, serve fruits and-or vegetables at every meal, replace sugary drinks with water or plain, low-fat milk, and provide at least an hour of daily physical activity.

The Learning Care Group says it will also allow mothers to provide breast milk for their children and accommodate mothers who want to breast feed.

The Novi, Mich.-based company says it serves more than 100,000 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years at its 900 child care centers.

The centers operate under five different brand names.

The guidelines are part of the first lady's campaign against childhood obesity.

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