The Jamaican women of Washington unite to prevent obesity
By Michelle Fenty
Photos by Tony Powell
Location: The Four Seasons Hotel
Adrian and I were honored once again this year to serve as honorary co-chairs of the sixth annual Jamaican Women of Washington, Inc. (JWoW) Tea-Off to Good Health. JWoW is a charitable organization that raises funds to improve the health and well-being of underserved women and children in Jamaica and Washington, D.C.
My family roots can be found in both the District and Jamaica, and as a board member of JWoW, I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a significant impact on important health and social issues in both regions. This year’s theme, “Obesity Prevention: Promoting Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles,” is a relevant one, because obesity has reached endemic proportions in the District and in many other parts of the world, including Jamaica. Of particular concern to us is the impact the epidemic is having on women and children in both regions. Led by its founder, Dr. Jacqui Watson, president of Health Concepts International, JWoW has raised over $500,000 since its inception, and donated to several deserving organizations in Washington and Jamaica.
My husband, Mayor Adrian Fenty, recognizes that obesity is a critical public health issue and his administration is working tirelessly to effectively address it on a number of levels. Adrian holds himself to high personal fitness standards and serves as an excellent role model for Washingtonians, but all of us need to become personally involved and take the necessary steps to live healthier lifestyles.