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.

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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.