Tonya Lewis Lee and Essence Magazine’s Charreah Jackson Take on Twitter’s Most Daring Sex Ed Questions

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Health advocate and relationship expert help fans navigate the intricate terrain of birth control in an interactive, no holds barred Twitter chat

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It’s estimated that 62 million women in the US are of child bearing age, but only a fraction of those women are fully versed in the array of family planning options available to them. Enlisting the expertise of Charreah Jackson, Essence magazine’s Relationships Editor and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), health crusader Tonya Lewis Lee is seeking to narrow that divide with an open discussion about birth control with the women who need to know about it most.

A best-selling author, attorney, filmmaker and tireless advocate for healthy living, Lewis Lee’s mission is to create an open forum for women to seek answers about their reproductive health. In partnership with online birth control support network Bedsider.org, Lewis Lee has devoted a portion of her digital health and wellness platform, Healthy You Now, to communicating these messages, and will hold an interactive Q&A session through Twitter to open the floor.

“Sometimes hearing what we need to hear can be tough, but often, asking the right person, or even working up the nerve to ask the question, can be tougher,” said Lewis Lee. “Friday’s Twitter chat will strike the delicate balance between personal anonymity and the support of a community, helping break down the barriers between women and the information they deserve to know to be healthy.”    

Throughout the chat, women of all ages, education levels and socioeconomic classes will be invited to log onto Twitter to ask Lewis Lee and Jackson their most courageous questions, and will receive candid, personalized answers from the experts. Jackson will also be offering a pro-bono relationship coaching session to a participant chosen at random who utilizes the hashtag #FriskyFriday in their tweets.

Prior to launching Healthy You Now, Lewis Lee served as the national spokesperson for the Office of Minority Health’s “A Healthy Baby Begins With You” infant mortality awareness campaign, and has traveled the country speaking to women about making healthy lifestyle choices to increase the chances of healthy birth outcomes in the face of the high rates of infant mortality that affect the black population. Additionally, she produced Crisis in the Crib: Saving

Our Nation’s Babies, a documentary film about the campaign and the Preconception Peer Educators program.

Bedsider.org provides tools for women 18-29 to find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively.

The live Twitter chat will be held Friday, April 26 at 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST. To visit Healthy You Now on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/HealthyUNow. To visit Bedisder on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/Bedsider.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information or to speak with Tonya Lewis Lee, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at (212) 966-0024.

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