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Fitness Experts to Discuss Nutrition and Performance in Two Vassar Talks. Thursday, 9/28 and Thursday, 10/5, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Two fitness experts will lead upcoming talks at Vassar College about nutrition and sports performance. Leslie Bonci, director of the Sports Nutrition Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as a nutrition consultant for such athletic organizations as the Pittsburgh Steelers, will discuss "What to Eat to Compete: The Nutrition Edge for Optimizing Performance," on Thursday, September 28, at 8:00 p.m., in Rockefeller Hall 300. John Underwood, founder/director of the American Athletic Institute Peak Olympic Sport Camps, and the coach of more than two dozen Olympians, will present "High Performance Science in Sport," on Thursday, October 5, at 8:00 p.m., in Rockefeller Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Leslie Bonci, a 1977 Vassar graduate, has authored the books "Total Fitness for Women" and "American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion." Bonci is an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and an adjunct assistant instructor in pediatric dentistry at the university's School of Dental. Her nutritional consulting also includes the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and the U.S. Olympic Canoe and Kayak Team, as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition, Bonci lectures widely at coaches' clinics and for national health boards, she is a member of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute's Sports Nutrition Board, and she has advised such food companies as Frito-Lay and Heinz.

A former NCAA All-American distance runner and World Masters Champion, John Underwood is on the staff of the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. He has contributed to International Olympic Committee drug prevention programs, and worked with such athletic leagues as the NCAA, ECAC, and NHL. Underwood is also an occasional commentator for the ABC TV program "Wide World of Sports". Underwood holds three International Olympic Solidarity diplomas for coaching, and is the master trainer for the New York Public High School Athletic Association drug prevention program.

Funding for Leslie Bonci's talk is provided by the Vassar Counseling Service, the department of athletics, and an NCAA speaker's grant, with special support for John Underwood's lecture from a Vassar Faculty Research Grant.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 20, 2006