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Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
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Leslie  J.  Bonci , MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

  • Director of sports nutrition at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine
  • Nutrition consultant to countless organizations in Pittsburgh and nationwide

An expert on sports nutrition, weight management and digestive health, Ms. Bonci is frequently interviewed by local and national print and TV media and tapes a weekly segment called “The Winning Plate” on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live.

A former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, she serves on the editorial advisory board of Fitness Magazine.

Ms. Bonci is a nutrition consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and numerous high schools and universities. She is the sports dietitian for the University of Pittsburgh Athletics Department and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also has worked with Olympic athletes including Bryan Clay, Garrett Weber-Gale and Tara Lipinksi.
 
A frequent lecturer at universities nationwide, Ms. Bonci is the author or co-author of six popular books and several sports medicine textbook chapters and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Athletic Training. She is an adjunct assistant instructor in pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and also serves on the faculty of Pitt’s sports medicine fellowship training program.

Ms. Bonci is a registered dietitian, a board-certified sports dietetics specialist and a Pennsylvania-licensed dietitian and nutritionist. She has a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

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