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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Eleven-year-old Maggie Smith of Peoria is headed to the White House as the statewide winner of a healthy recipe contest associated with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative.

She will join children from around the country for a "Kid's State Dinner" on July 14. Smith calls her winning dish "West Wing chicken with Secret Service noodles."

 It pairs lightly breaded, pan-cooked chicken breast with strands of zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and asparagus topped by homemade marinara sauce. 

Illinois day care centers might be forced to put away the high fat and sugary snacks.  A plan under consideration is aimed at bringing healthier meals to kids and getting them more exercise.   It's an effort to combat childhood obesity.