Sports nutrition specialist to speak on nutrition and athletic performance

Release Date: 1/20/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Does your diet affect your athletic performance? Absolutely.

On Thursday, January 27, at 11 a.m. in Munger Chapel, Leslie J. Bonci , M.P.H., R.D., C.S.S.D., .L.D.N., will explain just how, in a presentation titled Performance Eating: How Good Can You Get Doing It Right?

Leslie Bonci

Leslie Bonci will be on campus on January 27 to speak about the importance of good nutrition in athletic performance.

Bonci is a registered dietitian, a board-certified sports dietetics specialist and a Pennsylvania-licensed dietitian and nutritionist. She has a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

An expert on sports nutrition, weight management and digestive health, Bonci is frequently interviewed by local and national print and TV media and tapes a weekly segment called “The Winning Plate” on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live. A former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, she writes a weekly blog for Runners World Magazine and serves on the editorial advisory board of Fitness Magazine.

Ms. Bonci is a nutrition consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and numerous high schools and universities. She is the sports dietitian for the University of Pittsburgh Athletics Department and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s sports nutrition network and has worked with Bryan Clay, Garrett Weber-Gale and Tara Lipinksi.

A frequent lecturer at universities nationwide, Ms. Bonci is the author or co-author of three popular books and several sports medicine textbook chapters and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Athletic Training. She is an adjunct assistant instructor in pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and also serves on the faculty of Pitt’s sports medicine fellowship training program.

The event is free and open to the public.