For health advocate and educator, Catherine Woyee‐Jones, children are the face of the future. Because they are the future, efforts must be made to promote their positive growth. The young Liberian native works to not only improve the academic performance of girls, from underserved populations, but also their physical health and well being through her non profit organization, The Huuman Initiative. Woyee‐Jones’ mission to help children started close to home.
Her (now) teenage son was overweight. With her help, he was able to lose the extra pounds and get on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Woyee‐Jones has also battled with her weight. After coming to the realization that health is a significant part of one’s well being, she was able to lose 118 pounds. For her, it was more than just losing weight, but also maintaining a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. With those ideals, The Huuman Initiative was born. Woyee‐Jones, who holds a PhD in Community Based Psychology, is also a Clinical Addiction Specialist. Having battled with weight loss personally, she knows that food can become an addiction. As with any addiction, it [food] can hinder one’s
personal growth. So Woyee‐Jones designed her organization with those thoughts in
mind. The Huuman Initiative offers stay healthy programs, which involves both
students and their parents and provides them with practical guides for living a
healthy lifestyle. Upon entering the program, students and their parents must first
sign a “commitment contract”. Woyee‐Jones believes that the parents’
encouragement and involvement is an instrumental part of the students’ success.
Once in the program, students participate in activities such as: journal writing (to
track physical activity and food intake), discussion groups, and academic
tutoring/enrichment. The organization also offers a mentoring program for high
school girls. The North Carolina based organization also partners with local schools
and organizations (including The Boys and Girls Club, and The U.S. Army) for some of
its programing. Woyee‐Jones is currently making plans to take the Huuman Initiative
on the national level. She recently co‐authored a book, Beyond the Scale with son,
For information about Catherine, her book and work with the Huuman
Initiative, visit her on the web at www.huuman.org and
Woyee‐Jones pictured above with a few volunteers, students, and members of her board
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