Meet the Authors of Sneaky Fitness:
Missy Chase Lapine and Larysa DiDio

Meet Larysa DiDio Larysa DiDio is a certified personal trainer who has extensive experience in working with clients both over and under the age of eighteen. Her Get Fit with Larysa fitness DVD for 'tween girls was released in November 2008 with key corporate sponsors, Danskin and Skechers. In addition, she contributes to Girls Life magazine and has become the "unofficial" fitness badge trainer for the Girl Scouts of America.

Larysa has appeared on Good Day New York and in InStyle, Parenting, First For Women, and Destination Wedding Style magazines. In addition to her Get Fit With Larysa DVD for 'tweens, she also created an exercise video series for Redbook. While working towards her degree at Hunter College in Manhattan, she modeled athletic apparel for Spalding and Everlast, and also made it to the finals of the Ms. Fitness competitions.

Larysa and her husband own a fitness facility, PFX, in Pleasantville, New York, a center that has the distinction of being one of the first gyms to allow children as young as eight-years-old to become members. She created kid-specific classes, such as Boot Camp, Baby! and Get Fit for Prom-which has attracted national sponsorships, including Canyon Ranch, Lara Bar, Operation Fairy Dust, and Elle Magazine.

Larysa has had the perfect test market for Sneaky Fitness at home-with her two children, nine-year-old Nicholas and six-year-old Isabella.

"I have trained with Larysa DiDio since 1999 and she has remained eternally enthusiastic, highly motivating, creative in solutions and avid in her exploration and pursuit of new ways to bring fitness to adults, teens and kids. She brings her unique and insightful blend to this concept that is so desperately needed in this epidemic of childhood obesity. This will be a guide for many parents and children who care about health and longevity."
-Gail Saltz, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The New York Presbyterian Hospital and Mental Health Contributor, The Today Show

"Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in this country. Anything and everything must be done to help the future health of our children. Larysa is the foremost expert on training children. Her expertise in this area cannot be matched."
-Robbyn Sockolow, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center

Meet Missy Chase Lapine The Sneaky Chef is the brainchild of Missy Chase Lapine, whose New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals (Running Press, April 2007) inspired a whole new brand in the healthy eating/lifestyles category. 

Missy is the former publisher of Eating Well magazine and the founder of the natural baby product line, BabySpa.  She is a member of Parenting Magazine’s team of experts, the “Mom Squad,” a panel of 10 high-profile experts who will be featured regularly in the industry-leading magazine. Missy has been a cooking instructor at New York’s finest culinary schools, and also serves on the Children’s Advisory Council of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian where Sneaky Chef recipes are served to patients. Sneaky Chef exclusive prepared foods are also featured and sold at Whole Foods Market.  Her second book, The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man in the Kitchen, was published in April 2008, and her highly anticipated third book, The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue, debuts in April 2009.

Missy has been featured in a variety of media, including many national and local television appearances on “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” and “iVillage,” radio appearances on National Public Radio, WOR, Martha Stewart Radio, and many others. Missy has also contributed to many national magazines and websites, including Parenting, SELF, First, Family Fun, and Scholastic Magazine,,,,, and more. 

A highly sought after speaker on the topics of food, health, and family, Missy has visited numerous charities, hospitals, and consumer cooking and health fairs in the USA presenting her unique concept combined with exciting and dynamic demonstrations. She has also presented to many trade associations such as the American Dietetic Association and the School Nutrition Association.

Missy actively engages the public through her state-of-the-art consumer friendly website, and answers all inquiries from consumers directly.

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