Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is America’s newest advocate for healthy school lunches.

Lakshmi is urging Congress to support legislation that will help schools serve healthier lunches and fight childhood obesity. The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (H.R. 5504) would help schools serve more fruits, vegetables and low-fat plant-based meal options.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the star writes, “Being a new mother and cookbook author, I am very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious meals for fans, friends, and family. I’m writing to ask for your help in creating the same opportunities for America’s children.”

Lakshmi adds, “This will help students form healthy habits and will also help prevent childhood obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even heart disease later in life.”

Padma joins a host of stars backing the campaign, including Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Jennie Garth, Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Sarah Silverman.

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