Len Saunders graduated from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, majoring in Physical Education. He later went on to receive a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Len is an award winning author, motivational speaker in the fight against childhood obesity, and nationally recognized for his innovative wellness events.
Saunders has been distinguished as a leader in the field of children's health, fitness, and wellness for almost 30 years. He has won awards at the local, state, and national levels for all his efforts to reduce childhood obesity. He has been a guest speaker at universities, as well as state and national conventions. In the late 1980's, Len served as a consultant to President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Most recently, he became an American Heart Association expert spokesperson on the issue of childhood obesity.
Len's contribution to children's health has literally reached millions of children and their parents worldwide. He has contributed articles to fitness Magazines, publishing companies, educational Magazines, and major internet blogs. He has also written and consulted with Sports Illustrated For Kids Magazine. Some of Len's articles have been used for nationally syndicated television shows on ABC-TV. Len is frequently sought after for quotes from television and print media outlets. Sports Illustrated has called Len "high spirited", while a quote from Ladies Home Journal says, "No one is more committed to building stronger kids than Lenny Saunders."
Len is best known for creating Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously), an internationally recognized program that literally has millions of children from all 50 states and over 50 countries exercise in unison during the first Wednesday in May. He has created dozens more nationally recognized programs that teach children about leading a healthy lifestyle. Len is also an accomplished author of five books, with his most recent, 'Keeping Kids Fit' released in 2010.
Len's philosophy to a child's positive well-being is straightforward. You can inspire a child to achieve proper health by keeping things simple, fun, unique, entertaining, and educational. It is also important to make sure a child can sustain a high degree of success with their objectives. Since most children have different needs, they must be motivated in diverse ways to get a positive response. Keeping goals at a child's specific level will provide rewarding outcomes. This philosophy has been applied to Len's comprehensive national programs, which have successfully directed millions of children to lead healthier lifestyles.
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Highlights From Len's Career
Invited to the White House - Had the honor of shaking hands with former President, George Bush, and former first lady, Barbara Bush.
Served as a fitness consultant to Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
Served as a consultant to The President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports (PCPFS) under the Reagan/Bush Administration.
Honored before a game at Madison Square Garden.
Invited by Arnold Schwarzenegger to participate in a Youth Fitness Summit.
Winning an Achievement Award from The President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.
Voted The Outstanding Teacher of Physical Education from his home state of New Jersey.
Honored before an illustrious audience at the world famous Waldof-Astoria in New York City.
Honored and awarded for participating in the historic youth fitness exchange between the former Soviet Union, and the United States.