Zonya  Foco, RD, CHFI

Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI

As America's Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco is a master of providing hard-facts information and simple solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy. In addition to hosting the weekly series "Zonya's Health Bites" and two-hour special "DIET FREE with Zonya" on national public television, she is the author of Lickety-Split Meals and Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals cookbooks, co-author of the DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon and author of the DIET FREE Video Seminar Lifestyle Program. Zonya has also been a guest presenter for "Oprah & Bob's Best Life Challenge" and has partnered with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan since 2004 to develop and present its award-winning Weight Wise member programs.

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As America's Nutrition Leader, Zonya is a master of inspiration, motivation and visual humor, providing hard-facts information and simple solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy. She is the only Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor (CHFI) in the country to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

If you're expecting a lecture-style presentation from this "energizer health bunny" - DON'T! Zonya pulls out all the stops in her live presentations, video seminars and TV show�delivering equal parts entertainment and education all the way. Zonya helps people laugh at their bad habits and discover the joy in adopting new, healthier habits.

In fact, she has identified eight core habits that create the acronym DIET FREE, published in her co-authored DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon. In 2010, Zonya launched her complete DIET FREE video seminar lifestyle program for individuals and leader-facilitated programs, and produced the two-hour "DIET FREE with Zonya Foco, RD" TV program aired on national public television. Zonya has also hosted a weekly television series, "Zonya's Health Bites," on national public television.

She has partnered with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan since 2004 to develop and present its award-winning Weight Wise member programs based on her DIET FREE habits. Zonya has also worked with Bob Greene as a guest presenter for "Oprah & Bob's Best Life Challenge," providing entertaining and educational cooking presentations.

Zonya received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1987 and then worked for eight years as a clinical nutritionist for the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. It is from these clients that she discovered the need for a "countertop coach" cookbook and in 1998 wrote Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, filled with easy recipes and healthy tips for everyday families. In 2008, Zonya reworked the recipes and tips and created Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals (published by American Diabetes Association) to help those with diabetes in their quest for a healthier, happier life.

In addition to spreading the word through speaking platform, books and TV show, Zonya has appeared on local newscasts across the country, nationally syndicated daytime talk shows and QVC. She has been published in the popular magazines Prevention, Today's Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking.

    "What I like best about your presentation is that you "turn on light bulbs." We get connected, we laugh, we learn, we understand, and lives are changed. Thank you!"

    - The Women's Center, Reading Hospital and Medical Center

    "Her presentation style is high-energy knowledge packed with lighthearted humor and simple, take home lifestyle change bites. Because Zonya made herself available for cookbook signing before the program she learned information about her audience. She was then able to quickly engage with the audience and personalize her presentation."

    - Affinity Health System

    "Your presentation (in combination with your Lickety-Split Meals book as daily reinforcement) is making significant changes among our staff and their families. Senior administration was so impressed, they have requested you as our keynote speaker again next year!"

    - Horizons Health Services

    "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for helping make our women's conference such a huge success this year. You have a wonderful gift for motivating individuals to live a healthy life. We have received so many positive comments from the attendees and hope to have you back real soon."

    - Community Wellness/Women's Center, The Medical Center