Lakeysha is as an author, speaker, health advocate, and Navy veteran. She has spent the last 15 years providing nutrition education to families and promoting physical activity in many communities. She has received many awards and honors, including being named the California “Champion Mom” for initiating changes in schools that reduced consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Along with being featured in the Legacy of Health statewide media campaign, she has been a speaker at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters conference and a keynote speaker at the California Department of Public Health Summit. In her free time, Lakeysha enjoys running, skating and writing.
Ever since my Navy days, I’ve been a gym rat. I realized that the food that I put in my body was equally as important as working hard to build muscle or running a marathon. I hit a plateau and at that moment I knew that I had to change my diet. I went from just focusing on my workout to paying attention to what I was eating. In many ways I felt that I was just going to the gym and not seeing the results that I wanted. I mean, I knew the abs were there but they were just buried behind an unwanted layer of fat. I started working on a plan of action that would help me achieve my goals. I began cooking more at home and ditching the fast food. I planned out my meals more often instead of going to the grocery store at the spur of the moment. I researched online recipes that incorporated more proteins and vegetables. I armed myself with energizing snacks throughout the day and not just when I was hungry. I had tremendous success just by tweaking my choices and eating patterns. Not only did I see massive results but those around me saw them as well. I became “Coach Keysha” to my church family, relatives, co-workers and friends. I didn’t set out to become a Nutrition Coach but the impact that I had on others naturally drove me down this path. Over the years I have counseled both young and old and believe that I have made a difference.
I’ve been active and involved in sports most of my life. I remember when my mom would take me to cross country meets, basketball games and more. Little did I know, every practice, every game was only preparing me for a life- long love for fitness. I’m a bonafide gym rat and find pleasure in running half marathons and roller skating. As I get older I continue to push my body to different levels of strength and endurance to build on my foundation of wellness. As a wife and mother, life can get pretty demanding and responsibilities increase pretty quickly at work and home. Even with my busy schedule, I’ve found that when I’m physically active I’m more productive, in a better mood and I’m able to pour from a full cup. I not only need physical activity, but I enjoy it and live it almost every day. I've been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 10 years.
I launched Perfitkidz to combat childhood obesity. I started a non-profit organization because I saw a desperate need for programs that provided services and resources in undeserved areas. PerFit Kidz, Inc. “Building a Healthy Foundation” is a 501(c) (3) non-profit and its mission is to educate and promote optimal health to reduce childhood obesity.
In 2009, the first Apple Leaves book was published. 10 years later, Apple Leaves 2 hit the shelves. Apple leaves is a children's book series with Skyy Hill as the main character. She's funny, caring, kind, has lots of friends and loves her family. Whenever she's in a pickle, she always seems to come out on top. Although Skyy is defiant at times, where there's a will, she will always find a way! The Apple Leaves book series is about friendship and patience.