Jennifer Hudson to open Chicago weight loss center

In this photo taken by AP Images for Weight Watchers, Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson speaks at a news conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 in Washington. Jennifer Hudson was in Washington, DC today to launch the Weight Watchers Lose for Good campaign. To kick off the campaign Hudson attended a news conference and panel discussion at the National Press Club that focused on the need to address obesity and hunger in the U.S. and premiered a video that highlights the need to fight this double-edged problem. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Weight Watchers)

September 28, 2011 7:30:34 AM PDT
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson hopes to show her commitment to a healthier lifestyle with the opening of a new weight loss center in Chicago.

The Chicago native will open the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center on Tuesday. Hudson has lost 80 pounds and is a Weight Watchers spokeswoman. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to attend the event in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Weight Watchers says it'll donate a portion of the center's revenue to a foundation in honor of Hudson's late nephew, Julian King. In October 2008, the bodies of Hudson's mother and brother were found in the family's home. King's body was found days later in a vehicle. All three had been shot.

Hudson is known for her Oscar-winning role in "Dreamgirls."