Antronette Yancey, professor who championed national fitness, health equity, dies
By UCLA Newsroom April 25, 2013 Category: Academics & Faculty
Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey, a professor at the Fielding School of Public Health who dedicated much of her career to promoting health and fitness and to eliminating health disparities, died April 23 of lung cancer. She was 55.
"Toni was an extraordinary life force who made an impact on everyone she knew — from those who only met her once, to those who considered her a lifelong friend," wrote Fielding School dean Jody Heymann and professor Roshan Bastani in a letter announcing Yancey's passing. "A true renaissance woman, Toni was a physician and a public health researcher and activist; she was also a poet and author, a former model and, at 6'2", a Division 1 basketball player during her undergraduate years at Northwestern."
Yancey was perhaps best known as the creator of "Instant Recess", an award-winning program dedicated to "making America healthier 10 minutes at a time" by promoting short exercise breaks at offices, schools and places of worship. She also served on the board of directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the nonprofit that guided first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.
Passionate about improving the health of vulnerable populations, Yancey was a co-founder of the Fielding School's UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, through which she championed the cause of of health and social justice.
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