Tonya Lewis Lee
Tonya Lewis Lee began her personal health journey when, as a 13 year-old she would go to the doctor for weekly weigh-ins to control her weight. Her professional journey into health and wellness began in 2007 when she began serving 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, OMH to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the United States.
Through the campaign and OMH Lewis Lee helped to create and launch a peer-to-peer preconception health initiative encouraging college students to focus on their personal health if not for themselves for their future children. They were: Preconception Peer Educators. That program involved thousands of students enrolled in colleges across the country, including The University of Pennsylvania Nursing School, Morgan State, Meharry Medical College and Spellman College. Additionally, she produced Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies, a documentary film about the efforts to reduce the US infant mortality rate. Further, eager to create a women’s health platform Lewis Lee, launched HealthyYouNow.com (HYN). As a busy mom, Lewis Lee knows first hand the challenges of navigating work, family and wellness.
Lewis Lee began producing for television more than fifteen years ago and recently wrote and produced the Hallmark adaptation, The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Tonya Lewis Lee is an accomplished author penning three children’s books: Please Baby Please (2002), Please Puppy Please (2004) and Giant Steps to Change the World (2011) all with Simon & Schuster. She is also the co-author of the best selling novel, Gotham Diaries published by Hyperion.
Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has appeared on national and local television and radio across the country. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Avenue, Town and Country, New York Magazine, O, Essence, Ebony, Redbook, Child and New York Family Magazine.
Lewis Lee graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Virginia School of Law and lives in New York City with her two children and her husband Spike Lee.