WeightWatchers® Wellness Impact Award - 2022 Winners | WW USA
Congratulations to our 2022 winners!
These winning organizations work diligently to improve the health of BIPOC women in impactful ways. As a Wellness Impact Award winner, each received a $15,000 grant and more.
Builds sustainable mental wellness communities by providing affordable, relevant, and culturally centered care and education for Black women.
“At Sista Afya Community Care, we truly believe that accessible mental wellness care is life-changing and the liberation Black women need to be their full, healed, authentic selves.”
—Camesha Jones, founder and executive director
Provides healing spaces for Native American women and families, helping them sustain healthy behaviors through cultural teachings, physical wellness opportunities, and necessary resources. They also partner with local hospitals to provide moccasins for newborns.
“For the past 30 years, MIWRC has adhered to the philosophy that we create intentional and transformative change by impacting families, neighborhoods, communities, society, and public policy. The founders of MIWRC emphasized a woman’s relationship with creation, her family, tribal nation, community, and culture. We continue to incorporate this holistic, culturally sensitive approach to our work.”
—Marisa Miakonda Cummings, president
Encourages Black and Brown women to embrace the healing magic of nature as they don’t always feel safe or accepted outdoors, or can’t afford the necessary gear to safely hike or participate in outdoor activities. Ch8sing Waterfalls is diversifying outdoor spaces by organizing and leading safe hikes for these communities.
“Ch8sing Waterfalls is empowering healing, forging diversity, and changing the narrative while increasing Brown faces in green spaces, one adventure at a time.”
—Deborah McGlawn, founder
"We recognize that physical health, mental health, and women’s empowerment are all linked, and so, with our holistic services, women can receive domestic violence support, mental health counseling, ESOL classes, food assistance, and more all in the same place from staff who speak their language and understand the cultural context they live in."
—Diya Basu-Sen, executive director
Hike Clerb, Inc.
Equips Black, Indigenous, and women of color with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to collectively heal from a lack of representation in nature.
“Since our inception, we have guided over 800 women out on the trails; have motivated women to get outside with us in Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto; have welcomed school-aged girls, femmes, and, non-binary youth into nature through our BIO (Building Inclusivity Outdoors) program; inspired a historically excluded community to connect with nature all over the world; and have created a bridge for everyday recreationalists to seasoned outdoorists.”
—Evelynn Escobar, founder