Lakeysha Sowunmi of UC San Diego’s Center for Community Health served as a keynote speaker at the 2012 California Department of Public Health Champion Mom Conference in September. The conference encouraged and trained moms throughout California to advocate for healthy changes in their families and communities. As a Champion Mom, a role recognized by the State of California, Lakeysha works in the community to help other moms make healthy choices for their families. In 2011, she was invited to the “Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation” Conference hosted by former president Bill Clinton where she spoke and worked alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, and fitness leader Jillian Michaels. Read about her story here
Lakeysha was elected to be the keynote speaker and to share best practices based on the great work she has done in San Diego. She currently serves as African American Campaign coordinator for the UC San Diego Network for a Healthy California (PI Michelle Zive) where she works to improve the health of the low-income African American community by providing education about healthy eating and physical activity. Lakeysha was among the first women to be named a CA Champion Mom in 2007 when the program began.
At the conference, Lakeysha spoke about her experiences over the past few years and how she has created positive change in her community. She empowered other Champion Moms to do the same. To Lakeysha, “some people don’t realize what they are capable of doing.” She hoped that by telling her story, she would inspire others take action in their community and achieve what they did not think was possible. She wanted moms to leave the conference being able to say: “I can make a difference.”
See Lakeysha in action on the San Diego County News Center’s County Chronicles video, “Champion Mom.”