Nutritionist Zonya Foco is on a mission to win the war on obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Her easy humor and dynamic style drive home the message that, when it comes to health and nutrition, each of us can change our lives with “The Power of One Good Habit.” As a teen who saw her own weight bounce up and down, ending each diet at a higher number on the scale, Foco is now motivating people everywhere with a common-sense approach to healthy eating through her TV show, “Zonya’s Health Bites,” her popular cookbook, Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, and her newest book, a co-authored health novel titled Water with Lemon.
As 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, Zonya‘s boundless energy inspires audiences across North America to stop dieting and start living the healthy lives they deserve. Before launching her speaking, writing and publishing career in 1994, Zonya received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University 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 she wrote Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, filled with easy recipes and healthy tips for everyday families. In 2005, “Zonya‘s Health Bites” began making converts to healthy eating across the nation. This 30-minute program airing on public television incorporates smart grocery shopping and lively cooking segments with practical exercise, and is peppered with quick “bites” of information on topics from kid-friendly veggies to heart-smart snacks.
In her newest book, Water with Lemon, Zonya Foco has joined forces with novelist Stephen Moss to introduce a new genre – the health novel – bringing readers an inspiring story of personal transformation and teaching how eight simple habits can help them master diet-free, guilt-free weight loss for life.
Zonya uses humor, hard facts and common sense to help people of all ages incorporate healthy habits into their busy lives. Because she’s committed to the idea that small, simple steps are the key to long-term lifestyle changes, she stresses consistency over intensity when it comes to nutrition and fitness.
In addition to spreading the word through her own books and TV show, Foco has appeared on ABC, NBC and CBS, and has been published in such popular magazines as Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking.