/// Tonya Lewis Lee, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Healthy You Now
Tonya Lewis Lee, Esq. has served as the national spokesperson for the A Healthy Baby Begins with You campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the United States since 2007. Through this initiative Mrs. Lee has traveled the country talking to community leaders, government officials, health care providers, students, women and men of all backgrounds raising awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the African-American community and advocating for healthier lifestyles for all families. She has also been an integral part of the Preconception Peer Educators program designed to encourage college students to become health advocates. Further in 2009 Lee produced Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies, a documentary film about the issues of infant mortality in the United States, the campaign and the Peer Educators program. The Congressional Black Congress recognized Lee’s work by giving her the 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust Award.
HealthyYouNow.com is Lee’s online endeavor to reach women of color to encourage, support and inspire healthy lifestyle choices. Healthy You Now is a health community designed to empower women and their families to become healthier and more informed. Created by women for women, and packed with a bevy of health-related and social service sources, HealthyYouNow encompasses the collective voice of health experts, celebrities, athletes and the everyday woman.
Tonya Lewis Lee is also an awarding winning television producer having worked extensively with the children’s network Nickelodeon as well as Disney TV Animation, TVLand and others. Most recently, Lee wrote and produced the film, The Watsons Go to Birmingham for Walden Media, Proctor & Gamble and Walmart. The film will air on Hallmark September 2013. Her love of children also drove her to write three picture books published by Simon & Schuster, Please Baby Please, Please Puppy Please and Giant Steps to Change the World. She has also written for adults, penning the bestselling, Gotham Diaries.
Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has appeared on national and local television and radio across the country. She has also written for magazines such as Avenue, Gotham, O at Home and Glamour to which she contributed two campaign trail interviews (2007 and 2008) with Michelle Obama. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Avenue, Town and Country, New York Magazine, O, Essence, Ebony, NV Magazine, Redbook, Child and New York Family Magazine.
Mrs. Lee lives in New York City with her husband and two children, ages 18 and 16.