Title: Recess Leader
Quote: “What’s Good for the Waistline Is Good for the Bottom Line!” by Toni Yancey
My Story: Toni Yancey, MD, MPH is Professor, Department of Health Services, and Co-Director, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health. She returned to academia full-time in 2001 after five years in public health practice, first as Director of Public Health for the City of Richmond, Virginia, and then as founding Director of Chronic Disease Prevention for Los Angeles County. She has more than 125 scientific publications, and has generated in excess of $30 million in extramural funds. Dr. Yancey serves on the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee, Los Angeles County First Five Commission, and Boards of Directors of Action for Healthy Kids and the Partnership for a Healthier America, the non-profit supporting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. She also co-chairs Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s and Governor Jerry Brown’s Team California for Healthy Kids campaign. Her second book, Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA), was released in November 2010, receiving accolades from, among others, former Surgeon General David Satcher, Senator Tom Harkin, Food Politics author Marion Nestle, baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, PBS show host Mark Fenton, and Diabesity author Dr. Fran Kaufman. Instant Recess has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investors’ Business Daily, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, and on NPR, ESPN, Reuter’s, Huffington Post, and the Tavis Smiley Show. Dr. Yancey is also a public health commentator for local NPR affiliate KPCC, and a published poet and spoken word artist. She was recently recognized as the California State Assembly 47th District’s Woman of the Year. She played center for the women’s varsity basketball team at Northwestern, where she majored in biochemistry/molecular biology. She received her MD at Duke, and her MPH at UCLA.