Montel's daughter urges Congress to serve more veggies

Following in the footsteps of her famous father, former talk show host and Partnership for Prescription Assistance spokesman Montel Williams, 14-year-old Wyntergrace Williams is taking to the public policy airwaves.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine announced Thursday that the teenager will star in a television commercial urging Congress to require vegetarian options in school lunches. The issue is a timely one; this fall, the House Education Committee will take up the National School Lunch Program as part of the Child Nutrition Act.

The commercial spot will air nationally Monday on ABC, but it's already available on the PCRM website. The 30-second ad features Williams surrounded by swirling fruits and vegetables. "Some of us don’t eat right," she says earnestly. "Fast food, junk food — sometimes, even our school lunches have too much fat and cholesterol."

The Greenwich high-school student had been a vegetarian for three years when she approached the health advocacy group earlier this year to discuss ways to promote healthy eating. A spokeswoman for PCRM confirmed that Williams was not paid for her appearance.

Viewers may recall another recent Williams family television spot: In December 2008, Montel starred in commercials for The Obama Presidential Coin Collection, a commemorative coin set later revealed to be regular coins covered with flimsy stickers. The coins were pulled from the shelves after widespread complaints.