White House Easter egg roll: More wellness, less candy

Gone are the days when a pudgy Easter Bunny might greet kids at the White House with chocolate eggs and sugary yellow chicks for  the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This time, it's all about fitness.

The White House announced Tuesday that the theme of this year's highly anticipated springtime event is "Ready, Set, Go!” with a goal of promoting health and wellness (not chocolatey deliciousness).

The roll will take place Monday, April 5, one day after Easter Sunday, on the South Lawn of the White House. According to a statement, there will be live music, sports to play, cooking stations where children can learn how to make healthy food, storytelling, and egg rolling.

Chalk the change up to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative, the national campaign to combat childhood obesity that she launched earlier this month. Free tickets will be distributed via a three-day lottery system starting on Feb. 25. Last year, more than 30,000 tickets were given out.

But not everyone can participate: the event is open only to kids 12 and under and their families.

Visit whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll for more information, but don't even think about trying to sneak in some unhealthy treats: Food and beverages are at the top of the list of prohibited items, albeit for security reasons, not calories.