Leslie J. Bonci , MPH,RD,CSSD, LDN, is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She serves as the sports dietitian for the University of Pittsburgh’s department of athletics, and is nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Milwaukee Brewers .
Leslie was a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. She serves on the editorial advisory board of Fitness magazine.Leslie has her own weekly segment, “The Winning Plate” on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live and writes a weekly blog for Runners World; Ask the Sports Dietitian.
She has authored several articles related to sports nutrition and is the author of: “American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion” and Sport Nutrition for Coaches. She is the co-author of Total Fitness for Women, Run Your Butt Off and The Active Calorie Diet and Walk Your Butt Off ( Rodale, 2012. She is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Athletic Training.
She lectures extensively on sports nutrition at universities and military bases, in addition to speaking on Nutrient Rich Foods and performance eating at state Dietetic Association meetings.
Bonci is a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a Pennsylvania licensed dietitian/nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.