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Published:January 28th, 2011 13:53 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Leslie Sansone owner of Studio Fitness

Judyth Piazza chats with Leslie Sansone owner of Studio Fitness

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

The originator of Leslie Sansone`s In-Home Walking Program , Leslie is also the owner of Studio Fitness in New Castle, Pennsylvania and the creator of 75 popular in-home walking videos. With her appealing products and personality, it`s no wonder that Leslie`s fitness company has grown from small classes in a church hall to a $180 million business. Today, Leslie`s expertise is sought by such high-profile entities as the President`s Council on Physical Fitness, the PA Governor`s Council, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), CNN and popular women`s magazines like Health , Woman`s World and Prevention . She`s also a Contributing Editor of Woman`s Day Magazine , and Executive Producer of Her first book, Walk Away the Pounds, published by Warner Books in 2005, is the best-selling fitness book on the market today and her new release, Eat Right, Walk Strong will hit the stores in January, `06.

Leslie`s charisma and anyone-can-do-it approach make her a natural fit for television audiences. She has been in great demand for news programs throughout the county and hosts a weekly segment called Wake-up and Walk " with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, her In-Home Walking videos have been selling out on QVC since 1987. (She was the first QVC guest to sell-out product!) And her five infomercials in the U.S. and Great Britain have made her name synonymous with indoor walking.

Over the years, Leslie has branched out to help more and more people with her walking programs. Her Walking Down Your Blood Sugar program was used by the National Institutes of Health to examine weight loss and exercise in Type 2 Diabetes. And her Get Your School Moving program gives schools an easy, fun way to get kids and teens exercising. Her products have been used in specialty marketing campaigns for pharmaceutical companies and she contributes her time, expertise and financial support to health organizations including the American Heart Association, American Diabetic Association, American Cancer Society and MDA. Leslie has served on the Leadership Council for IDEA International Fitness Professionals and holds six certifications including the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine and Cooper Institute: Group Exercise Leader. To this day, Leslie maintains that her most important job is that of mom " to 21-year-old Andy, 14-year-old Marie Ellena and 10-year-old Joseph. She still lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania where she was born and raised.

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