MITCH STACY, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama came to a Hispanic grocery store in north Tampa to promote a new healthy eating initiative.

With Republican presidential candidates campaigning in Florida ahead of a debate and next week’s primary election, Obama stopped in north Tampa to tout “Mi Plato,” or “My Plate.” It’s a new food group in symbol to remind Hispanic families about making healthy meal choices and serving proper portions.

 Later she was scheduled to appear at Democratic money-raising receptions in Sarasota and Palm Beach.

At the National Supermarket, Obama appeared alongside Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company. She lauded Goya for helping with the effort by creating brochures and other resources for consumers as well as educational tools for elementary school students.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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