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13 Questions with 'Walk at Home' Expert Leslie Sansone

A few weeks ago, we asked you if you had any questions for legendary walking expert Leslie Sansone. Today, Leslie is delivering answers and giving some great insights on fitness! We're a HUGE fan of Leslie's work (you can see our past interview with her here), and we're so honored that she took the time to answer questions again, both from us and from YOU! Take it away, Leslie! 
Posted 9/13/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 44 comments   162,995 views
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An Interview with Fitness Legend Gilad

During my recent trip to the ECA/OBOW fitness convention in New York City, I had a little "fitness celebrity" sighting. I was introduced to Gilad. That name (Gilad Janklowicz in full) probably rings a bell with many people who remember working out along with Gilad during what is still one of the longest-running daily workout shows ever to air on TV. His popular "Bodies In Motion" workout show, filmed in Hawaii, aired in 1983 as the first-ever exercise program on ESPN. Today, the show is still going strong on the Discovery Channel, along with his newer program, ''Total Body Sculpt" (first aired in 2005). As if that's not enough, Gilad is the creator of more than 30 workout video titles, too. Simply put, Gilad is a true pioneer in fitness, group fitness, and workout videos who set the stage for trainers like me and still resonates with fans and viewers today.

At 56, this fit and healthy fitness guru is in amazing shape and doesn't look a day over 40! When I posted my photo with him to my Facebook wall, SparkPeople members put it mildly! I could tell many of you were big fans, so I stayed in touch with Gilad to set up this exclusive interview and DVD giveaway just for dailySpark readers.

Here are YOUR (great!) questions answered—plus a chance to win one of three DVD sets from Gilad). Contest closed! The winners are: JANEXA, THINANDFITEMILY, BESEVEN. Congratulations!
Posted 5/18/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 50 comments   43,336 views
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Celebrity Chef Ellie Krieger Talks Breakfast

Editor's note: Is breakfast the most important meal of the day for you? It should be! We had the opportunity to chat with Ellie Krieger about how to fit this crucial meal into your daily routine.
dailySpark: Everyone always says that breakfast is the ''most important meal of the day." In your words, what are the benefits of eating a good breakfast in the morning?

Ellie Krieger:
The reason why breakfast is so important is because it sets you up to eat well and perform well  for the rest of the day. It helps you stay focused; in fact, kids who eat breakfast do better in school and on cognitive tests. Eating breakfast is also one of the key habits of people who have lost weight and kept it off. Lots of people skip breakfast to save calories, but it backfires because you'll end up eating more later on in the day to compensate. Breakfast is also a great opportunity to get in some key nutrients that a lot of people are lacking in: potassium, vitamin D, fiber, and calcium. If you eat a breakfast with milk and a whole grain, you'll be getting these nutrients and more, which is a great way to start your day.
Posted 3/7/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 28 comments   11,972 views
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A SparkPeople Love Connection--Meet the Newlyweds

Some may think of SparkPeople as just a healthy living website, but it is so much more! Many members form long-lasting friendships with other members (even in other parts of the world). Recently we found out that there was a couple that met on SparkPeople and got married earlier this year, which I believe may be the second SparkPeople wedding to date. Where else can you find such fun, long-lasting friendships and/or a possible mate who also enjoys living a healthy lifestyle? Only on SparkPeople, of course!

Being someone who also met their spouse on the internet by chance (over 15 years ago), I truly enjoyed the story about how Jan (JANHIM) and Greg (TRAILTRODDER) met (and are now married). I am very excited that they allowed me to interview them for the dailySpark so we can share their beautiful and fun story with all of you too. As you will see, Jan and Greg are definitely Making Their Lives An Adventure together!

Posted 12/1/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Denise Tausig : 52 comments   10,792 views
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An Exclusive Interview with Tae Bo Creator Billy Blanks

Here's a fun fact for you: The original Tae Bo workout videos were the first at-home exercise videos (yes, videos as in VHS tapes) I ever tried. And so began my love of cardio kickboxing, which I still enjoy today.

When I found out that Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks was about to release a new set of workout DVDs (Billy Blanks PT 24/7) and would be available for an interview, I jumped at the chance! Below are his answers to my questions, and the questions of SparkPeople members (solicited from my Facebook page).

Mr. Blanks is a busy man, but he managed to answer our questions from 35,000 feet at 1 a.m. last week. Read on to find out the daily mantra that keeps him motivated, whether Tae Bo will ever be available on Nintendo Wii, and his No.1 non-fitness hobby.
Posted 10/18/2011  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 46 comments   22,509 views
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Motivation Tips from an Olympic Snowboarder

We recently had the chance to interview Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler. The 29-year-old Ohio native is an active environmentalist in addition to her accomplishments as a snowboarder. She has paired up with the Playtex Sport “Be Unstoppable Movement." Read how Gretchen stays motivated (yes, even professional athletes have "off" days) and how she stays in shape when she's not snowboarding.

dailySpark: How do you motivate yourself on those days when you just don't want to work out?
Posted 2/16/2011  5:41:57 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 12 comments   11,550 views
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Diet and Exercise Influence Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Last summer I shared about my grandmother and provided information regarding an opportunity to participate in The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Grand Opportunity (ADNI-GO) Study. Because of that blog, we received an interview opportunity with Dr. Michael Rafii, MD, PhD to learn more about groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research.

Dr. Michael Rafii, MD, PhD, is co-director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD Perlman Ambulatory Care Center in La Jolla, California and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the Associate Medical Core Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) specializing in cognitive disorders, including dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. We focused our questions on what we care most about – healthy eating and exercise. We think you will find his responses very applicable especially if you or someone you love may be at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Posted 10/7/2010  10:55:18 AM By: Tanya Jolliffe : 15 comments   14,058 views
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FlyLady Dishes on How Less Junk Means a Smaller 'Trunk'

Editor's Note: The dailySpark has partnered with Lisa and Chris from to bring you a monthly podcast related to healthy living. For our inaugural collaboration, we thought we would venture beyond the realms of health and fitness.

When it comes to spring cleaning (and keeping your life clutter free), no one knows better than the "FlyLady," Marla Cilley. We knew our members would love this interview, especially the FlyLady: Peace is Mine SparkTeam!


Could a cluttered home and disorganized life be adding to your struggles with weight? Did you know that dropping a few pounds could be as easy as picking up a few good habits? Just in time for the spring cleaning season, Chris and Lisa bring you a dailySpark podcast that will have you racing to the store for a personal planner and crockpot.

Posted 3/29/2010  10:06:36 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 72 comments   25,582 views
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SparkPeople Members Celebrate Together At The Finish Line

SparkPeople members are in the news once again! Seven members (who met on our site) recently completed various distances of the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, California. When their story was featured on, we asked if they wanted to share more details about the experience. They were more than happy to talk about what it meant to meet their online buddies in-person for the first time!
Posted 3/12/2010  1:09:02 PM By: Jen Mueller : 41 comments   9,001 views
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'Diabetes was My Wake-Up Call to Lose 100 Pounds'*

If you're a fan of the Dr. Oz show, you might recognize this SparkPeople member. Jill Knapp, aka Bluesky97. Though she's a very private SparkPeople member, Jill's amazing story is a secret no more. Now 42, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years ago. That was her wake-up call. She lost 100 pounds, no longer takes medication for her diabetes and placed in the top six of the "Mrs. Idaho" beauty pageant.

In an episode that will air Thursday, March 4, Jill shares her secrets to weight loss and becomes a mentor to three other women trying to lose weight. In the mean time, we asked her to answer a few questions for the dailySpark.

dailySpark: Why did you decide to lose weight?

Jill Knapp: Unfortunately I had to hear "You have type 2 diabetes." I am hoping others will lose weight before they have to hear those words.

Posted 3/3/2010  5:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 98 comments   15,563 views
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132 Pounds Down, 'I Have Nothing to Lose But the Weight'*

"Ryan, there's a story inside your heart that people need to hear," said Annette Plante, a registered nurse and fitness trainer from Meriter Home Health in Madison, Wisconsin. "And that story is that you have believed a lie all your life. And the lie that you've believed is that you are not valuable and that you are not worthy of being loved and accepted for who you are."

When the scale read 800 pounds, Ryan ( member MADTOWNBUDDHA) decided it was time to change his life. Hundreds of pounds from his ultimate goal, you might think that Ryan feels depressed and overwhelmed by the journey ahead of him. But that couldn't be further from the truth. His positive attitude is infectious and he's made real progress in just a few months. And with the help of SparkPeople, his hometown, and Annette, his home health nurse, he's well on his way to reaching a healthy weight for the first time in his life.
Posted 2/19/2010  5:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 354 comments   26,546 views
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EXCLUSIVE: Joy Bauer Shares Her Best Nutrition Tips and Tricks

If you've turned on the Today show or perused the New York Times Best Sellers list in the last few years, you probably know who Joy Bauer is. Bauer, a registered dietitian with a master's in nutrition from New York University is the author of Food Cures and Joy's LIFE Diet. She also hosts Today's popular weekly series called the “Joy Fit Club,” which celebrates determined people who have lost and kept off 100 pounds or more through diet and exercise alone.

Now she has a new book coming out on Dec. 29: Your Inner Skinny (Your Inner Skinny was previously published as Joy’s LIFE Diet.

I recently got the opportunity to connect with Joy, and she offered to answer some questions from you--and our readers.
Posted 12/29/2009  6:03:12 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 81 comments   27,939 views
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Exclusive: Denise Austin Dishes Her Stay-Fit Tips and Tricks

Chances are, you've worked out with Denise Austin before. After all, her "Getting Fit" TV program ran for a decade on ESPN and "America's favorite fitness expert" has sold more than 20 million exercise videos/DVDs during the span of her 25-year career in addition to penning 10 books. Now in her 50s (although you wouldn't know it by looking at her), Denise is still at it. If you ask me, she is the ultimate fitness guru, with the experience, credentials and an overall balanced approach to healthy living that has motivated millions.

I had the opportunity to interview Denise Austin herself via email (!!!), and I got her actual workout routine (she did not hold back!), stay-motivated tricks and top 5 tips for staying fit and healthy in your 50s.
Posted 11/18/2009  5:42:32 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 96 comments   38,482 views
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10 Questions with Walking Guru Leslie Sansone

Leslie Sansone really walks the walk. For 27 years, she has helped people get in shape by putting one foot in front of the other. Best known for her "Walk At Home" and "Walk Away the Pounds" fitness DVDs, she truly is America's fitness-walking authority. I recently was given the opportunity to interview Leslie via email, and the passion in her answers jumped off the screen.

Read on to see Leslie's answers to member-submitted questions, her #1 secret to keeping her walks fun and interesting, and her top 5 tips to starting a solid walking program.
Posted 11/4/2009  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 188 comments   71,680 views
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How to Stay on Track When Eating is Your Job, and Other Tips from a TV Chef

Aïda Mollenkamp is a former ballerina, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, editor of the food website and Food Network star (her Q & A cooking show, "Ask Aïda" is in its second season). Now she has teamed up with Yoplait to promote their 100-calorie Delights Parfaits. (We tried them a few weeks ago. Read our review.)

Aïda and I recently chatted on the phone about healthy snacking, motivation and simple suppers. Here are some of the highlights from our interview!
Posted 9/15/2009  2:35:08 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 47 comments   13,422 views
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