Press Release
                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                           February 8, 2007

Contact:       Deborah Wise
               Director of Marketing and Operations
               Zonya Health International

    “Zonya’s Health Bites” Brings the Power of One Good Habit to
     American Families for a Third Season on Public Television
           America’s Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco, Guides People of All Ages
                              Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

       MT PLEASAND, MI – “Zonya’s Health Bites” will be dishing out a third season of

healthy nutrition and practical fitness for American families distributed nationally by American

Public Television (APT) beginning April 2007. This 30-minute weekly series hosted by

America’s Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco, RD, incorporates smart grocery shopping and lively

cooking segments with everyday fitness and “junior” bites for healthy kids.

       Viewer accolades from the show’s first two seasons leave no doubt that Zonya’s

enthusiasm and ability to connect with an audience are motivating thousands of people. Zonya’s

hard facts, visual humor and trademark message of the “Power of One Good Habit” are

resonating with public television audiences across the country.

       “In a country where two out of three Americans are overweight and a multi-billion-dollar

weight-loss industry flourishes, this type of programming is critical to Americans,” said Linda

Dielman, Central Michigan University Public Television programming and outreach manager.

        “And the viewers are responding,” notes Dielman. “Each season continues to incite e-

mail and phone-in responses from viewers and product sales from markets where the show has

aired. Stations airing the show represent 82 markets and include 10 of the top 15 for public

television.” CMU Public Broadcasting is the presenting station for “Zonya’s Health Bites.”

       In fact, viewer following is so strong in the Salt Lake City market that a KUED

community outreach event featuring Zonya as keynote speaker sold out its 1,200-ticket capacity

in just two days, according to Penni Zito, events manager for KUED.

       Here are just a few samples of viewer comments received this past year:

       “I just started watching your show and I was truly impressed! I really liked your cooking
       demonstrations and am really happy there is someone like you teaching the public how to
       eat a healthy meal! Thanks and keep up the great work!” E. Cartwright

       “Today I saw Zonya on TV for the first time and am entirely delighted. Finally, somebody
       makes nutrition make sense. I try to eat right, I try to eat well… but it all gets very
       confusing. Zonya explains alternative choices and why clear enough that even I get it. I’m
       eager to learn more.” Thanks, Jenny

       “Every time I watch your shows I learn something new! I found you purely by accident.
       We were flipping through channels and found what my husband calls “something you
       would like” and bammm, it has stuck! I love your shows!! I have learned so much from
       you. You have taught me how to eat! It has made a difference. This small change. I have
       lost weight without even trying — I’m almost back to my 20s weight with little effort…just
       changed habits. My husband lost 46 pounds and I lost almost 10! Not a bad payoff for
       something that has become natural now. Thank you for your shows. Please keep them
       coming!” South Weber, Utah

       “I really LOVE your television show. I am a second year nursing student and have
       learned so much by watching your show. As an overweight adult I now know One Good
       Habit is much better than fad diets. I will continue to watch and learn so I can pass on
       good habits to future patients. Thank you.”

       A self-described health and wellness zealot who once struggled with her own weight,

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, Zonya offers realistic solutions for the entire family. Each

episode of “Zonya’s Health Bites” includes a visit to the grocery store to decode confusing labels

and learn how to be knowledgeable consumers, a session in the kitchen to whip up an easy,

delicious and nutritious alternative to a high-fat, high-calorie recipe, a fitness tip most anyone

can do, and a “junior bite” addressing nutrition tips specifically for children.

       The program begins and ends with clips from Zonya’s motivational performances on

nutrition and wellness. These “health bites” reinforce specific points that really hit home with


        Zonya’s passion for fighting obesity, diabetes and heart disease was born out of her own

struggle with weight. Even after graduating from college with a degree in nutrition, she was 25

pounds overweight – the result of her own poor eating habits. “I discovered that it really comes

down to how we use our grocery cart each week,” said Zonya. “The core issues are what’s in

your kitchen and what are your snacking and exercise habits.”

       Zonya is the only Registered Dietitian and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor in the

country who has earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from

the National Speakers Association. To qualify, speakers must complete a minimum of 50

professional presentations each year and 250 presentations during five of the last six years.

       Before launching her public speaking career, Zonya worked for eight years as a clinical

nutritionist for the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann

Arbor, MI. She is the author of the popular cookbook, Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious

People on the Go and co-author of a new weight-loss novel, Water with Lemon, with a

publication date of January 2007.

       Production of “Zonya’s Health Bites” is supported through educational funding from

Eden Foods and Natural Ovens Bakery. For more information about Zonya, visit

       For 45 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of

programming for the nation’s public television stations. APT distributes more than 300 new

program titles per year and has 10,000 hours of programming in its library. It is responsible for

many public television milestones including the first HD series and the 2006 launch of the Create

channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is known for its

leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming. It has

established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that

strengthen and customize their schedules, such as JFK: Breaking the News, Battlefield Britain,

Globe Trekker, Rick Steves' Europe, Great Museums, Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way,

America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Broadway: The Golden Age, Lidia's Family

Table, California Dreamin’ – The Songs of The Mamas & the Papas, Rosemary and Thyme, P.

Allen Smith's Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Monarchy With David Starkey, and other

prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs and classic movies. For more

information about APT's programs and services, visit


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