Actress Marilu Henner wants Congress to eat more veggies

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15: The Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association nicknamed the Actress Marilu Henner lunched with the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association nicknamed the “Veggie Caucus” on Capitol Hill. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Actress Marilu Henner on Wednesday took a break from her latest project, shooting an episode of  “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” for a visit to Washington, where the healthy-living guru (no really, she’s legit — she’s written ten books on the topic) mingled with fellow vegetarians and pressed lawmakers to adopt healthier policies.

Henner lunched with the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, nicknamed the “Veggie Caucus,” on raw vegan tacos (alas, they ran out before we could sample the goods) and met with California Democrats Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, as well as Rep. Henry Waxman.

Henner, whose visit was arranged by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, was urging Congress to make sure that doctors get better education on nutrition, so they can  pass that knowledge on to patients.  

She tells us her interest in nutrition was prompted by the death of her parents in their 50s, and that she noticed something on her Hill visit that worried her. “The Senate lunchroom has fewer nutritional options than most colleges,” observed the actress, who has been visiting campuses with her sons. “The kids are getting it — Congress should, too.”  

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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