Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4/20 - Denise Austin, Fabio Viviani, Chris Leary, Andrea Hough

 Denise Austin - Celebrity Fitness Expert
Spring is in the air -- many people are outside exercising more and getting in shape for summer. Fitness expert Denise Austin is here to talk about walking as a great fitness tool and how to support a good cause just by taking steps. Welcome Denise...  Energizer is looking for bloggers this year…tell us what you’re looking for. What is a Keep Going Blogger? What are the Keep Going Bloggers expected to do?
Is Energizer sponsoring these bloggers? Is there still time to register for the 3-Day? Why did you decide to partner with Energizer?Where can people go to find out more information? Denise Austin is a pioneer in the exercise and sports industry. A five-foot-four-inch dynamo, she has sold more than 20 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored more than 10 books on fitness, and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television.  Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook, and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A multimedia talent, Denise is a top-selling author and a highly sought-after speaker and TV personality. Her upbeat energy and unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, have inspired the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs. A native of San Pedro, Calif., Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arizona. In 1979, she graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis on exercise physiology. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981. (Denise considers Jack LaLanne one of her role models, and she is delighted to still speak regularly with the 94-year-old fitness legend.) In 1982, she earned her own television program on KABC in Los Angeles and released her first two workout videos, Rock Aerobics and Rock Hard Abs. From 1984 to 1988, she was the fitness expert on NBC's Today Show. During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 85 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame. Her latest workout DVDs include 2009's Body Makeover Mix and 3-Week Bootcamp (Lionsgate), and her new book, Denise's Daily Dozen, was released in January 2010. On television, Denise has created a loyal audience with her two major television shows: Getting Fit, which ran for 10 years on ESPN, and continued on under the new name Denise Austin's Daily Workout, when it moved to the Lifetime Television Network. Daily Workout and a second Denise Austin show, Fit & Lite, both appeared on Lifetime through March 2008.  In addition to her role as a popular spokeswoman for such major brands as Idaho Potatoes and Nature Made, Denise has championed the benefits of heart health and good nutrition throughout her career. She is serving her second term on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a position she was first appointed to by George W. Bush in 2002. She has also testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and helped launch the new food guidance system of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (mypyramid.gov) her contributions to heart health were honored by Woman's Day magazine and the American Heart Association when she was presented with the Red Dress Award in February 2008.  Denise has been married for more than 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They have two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani
So much drama in the life of Fabio Viviani! He's already been locked out of his own restaurant and then sued his partner, and , Fabio has finally formally announced his departure from his restaurant. In a letter sent out this morning to the "friends and customers" of Cafe Firenze, the onetime Top Chef quote machine makes clear that even though he will retain some ownership, restaurant manager Mike Takeda has requested that neither Fabio nor his cookbooks be spotted at the restaurant ever again. You do hate to see that.

Chris Leary - "Mother's Day Gifts" - Live from NYC
Chris Leary is a national television and radio show personality who has been hosting the Fox All Access syndicated radio show for 12 years. He was host of ABC's reality show Master of Champions and no stranger to technology, Chris anchored Tech TV's half hour news show and also hosted their weekly half-hour new products show in 2003 and 2004. He has appeared on The View, FOX Kids Network and the FOX Family Channel. Join Chris Leary as he previews the gifts that will make her day… or better yet, make her life easier and stress-free. Doesn’t mom deserve that? She's not technically inclined? Good news, she doesn't have to be. Technology has gotten simpler, more easy to use and we'll identify the products that are the winners in this respect.

ANDREA HOUGH  the latest eliminated contestant  -  NBC's  "The Biggest Loser"
Andrea has always been overweight, but did not start gaining weight consistently until after high school. Andrea played competitive sports all her life and now coaches softball. Family means everything to Andrea. However, at every family event, there is an enormous amount of food -- it is how her family shows their love. Andrea is ready to show people that health matters. She has never been able to lose the weight on her own, but is finally ready to take the bull by the horns and shed the weight. Darrell and Andrea are the fourth and fifth generation to carry on obesity in their family. If ever there was a time to change that, it is now. As great friends, this father and daughter team will show their ability to carry each other when times get hard and laugh at/with each other when necessary.

JAMIE DURIE, HGTV   Television Host  JACK THOMASSON,  House Planner
Just in time for Earth Day, HGTV has completed its third annual “green” home in The Pinehills, an innovative master-planned community located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2010 HGTV Green Home is just eight miles north of Cape Cod and combines high style with green living in the heart of New England . A cus tom -built, shingle-style cottage with approximately 2,200 square feet of living space, the home features construction and design elements that are known to contribute to an energy efficient, cleaner and healthier living environment.  Viewers can enter for a chance to win the HGTV Green Home Giveaway grand prize package during the entry period from April 16 – June 4, 2010. Fans can visit HGTV.com for more information and a virtual tour of the home.