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Queen of Soul Food's Grandson on Mission to Get Harlem Kids to Eat Healthier
Date:8/13/2009

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- His mission is to get kids in Harlem to eat healthier to fight obesity and its consequences. Chef Lindsey Williams, grandson of Sylvia Woods, owner of Sylvia's famous soul food restaurant in Harlem, and author of "Neo Soul," a collection of traditional soul food dishes made with healthier cooking methods and low fat ingredients, is debuting a series of breakfast smoothies named after iconic Harlem figures this weekend during Harlem Week.

"I have battled weight issues most of my life," admits Williams. "The traditional African-American diet is high in sodium and cholesterol and low in fruits, vegetables and dairy -- unfortunately, this is the perfect storm leading to obesity, diabetes and stroke."

This weekend, working on behalf of the Harlem Healthy Living Program and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Williams will introduce Harlem-centric breakfast smoothies at Harlem Week's Children's Festival, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday August 16 from 11 am to 6 pm in the schoolyard of PS. 175, located on 135th Street betw. Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds.

Williams' first effort to make a difference came in 2006 with the publishing "Neo Soul. His catering company by the same name follows the same principals -- great food made with healthy, nutrient rich ingredients. Since then, he has become a leading spokesperson, both in Harlem and around the U.S., for teaching families the basics of serving healthy foods while celebrating cultural diversity.

"Breakfast is extremely important, especially for kids," says Williams. "If you skip breakfast, you're not only more likely to snack later in the day, but kids who start the day with an empty stomach have a hard time concentrating in the classroom."

Williams says there is no excuse for kids to skip breakfast. "At home, b
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