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Yvonne Sanders-Butler

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Health Advocate
Elementary School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
When You Know Better, You Do Better.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1957
Birth Location:
Vaughan, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Health Advocate
Elementary School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
When You Know Better, You Do Better.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1957
Birth Location:
Vaughan
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Biography

Yvonne Sanders-Butler was born on November 27, 1957 in Vaughan, Mississippi. Sanders-Butler is the daughter of Ruthie and West Sanders, and the stepdaughter of Otis Lee Sly. Educated in the Durant Public School System and graduating from high school in 1975, she received her B.S. degree in communications from Jackson State University in 1979, her M.A. degree in counseling from West Georgia College in 1992 and her Ph.D. from Jacksonville University in 2002.

Sanders-Butler’s early years began as a radio personality. Later, she would hold positions in the collection and customer service industries until 1987. She began her career in education in 1987 with the DeKalb County School System. In 1995, Sanders-Butler became the principal of Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia. As principal, Sanders-Butler became an advocate for student health care. After being admitted into the hospital for high blood pressure, Sanders-Butler was diagnosed with diabetes.

In 1998, Sanders-Butler began her healthy eating crusade at Browns Mill Elementary School. She created the first “Sugar Free Zone” in the United States, banned soft drinks, and instituted a new breakfast program that included oatmeal and other healthy foods. Sanders-Butler organized eating workshops, exercise classes for students and staff and worked to get local stores to carry nutritious snacks. Since the beginning of her crusade, student test scores have improved and disciplinary issues have declined. Nearly 100 teachers and administrators have contacted her about starting a similar program at their schools.

Sanders-Butler is the founder of Ennovy, an organization created to help ignite wellness and healthier lifestyles. She is the author of Dessert Lovers Choice and Healthy Kids Smart Kids.

Sanders-Butler and her husband live on their horse farm in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Sanders-Butler was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 25, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler lists her siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler lists her siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers the community of Vaughan, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes Ebenezer Elementary School in Ebenezer, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler lists her siblings, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her parents' personalities and careers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers her early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler recalls her elementary school teachers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers picking cotton in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her struggle with attention deficit disorder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about her weight
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers the entertainment of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler recalls her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about the services of the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes the Durant Attendance Center in Durant, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler recalls her start at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her semester in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her career in the radio industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler recalls moving with her husband to New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her start as an educator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about her eating disorder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers her stroke, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers her stroke, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes Overeaters, Overcomers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about changing her diet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler recalls noticing the correlation between diet and learning at Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler remembers talking to parents about their children's diet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her nutrition plan for Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes the effects of her nutrition plan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes the teachers' response to her nutrition plan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about her publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about her recipes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes Ennovy, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Yvonne Sanders-Butler narrates her photographs