Philadelphia, Jan. 18, 2011: Passionate about wanting to help his constituents to improve their health and eating habits, Sen. Anthony H. Williams is partnering with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to co-host a free healthy eating lunchtime program for parents of Bartram Village in Southwest Philadelphia as a pilot program for what he hopes will develop into a broader community effort.

The five-week nutrition program will take place on Thursdays, Feb. 3 to March 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartram Village Management Community Center, 5404 Gibson Ave. in Philadelphia.

“Our community suffers disproportionately from diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other preventable diseases,” Williams said. “Most of these chronic and deadly diseases are caused by poor eating habits, so learning how to eat and prepare healthy meals will literally save lives.”

A nutritionist and a chef will teach participants how to prepare healthy meals and provide tips for food and snack shopping. Free lunches will be provided and there will be giveaways at every session, as well as gift cards for completing the five-week program.

Mr. Chris Chong, owner/operator of seven Philadelphia-area McDonald’s, two of which are located in the senator’s district in Southwest Philadelphia, is a proud sponsor of this event, providing funding and healthy food options for the fast food eating portion of the program.

“I encourage parents to participate in this program,” Williams said. “It is crucial for their health and the health of their children.”

Participation is limited to the first 20 Bartram Village parents who sign up, so call the senator’s office at 215-492-2980 to reserve a spot.

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