Dr. Derek Alessi
Derek Alessi, PhD (Dr. Derek™) became interested in the field of fitness training at an early age when he was an obese teenager. Determined to change his health, body and ultimately his future, he began strength training and developed a system to modify his nutrition. Derek dropped over 60-pounds in one year and later that same year, he entered his first and only body building contest. Disenchanted with the way body building tends to minimize health and well-being in order to encourage raw size, he left that arena and dedicated his career to helping individuals achieve better health and wellness through a program of planned exercise and practical nutrition. At the age of 18, Derek passed a national fitness certification exam and began his career in personal fitness training. He furthered his quest for more information through education and received post-graduate degrees in health and physical education as well as a master’s degree in nutrition.
As America’s Premier Health Advocate Dr. Derek’s core belief is that health and fitness are not a result of gimmicks, hype or the latest butt buster. Instead they are achieved by understanding the physiological complexities of the body and the synergistic role that the right kinds of exercise along with supportive nutrition can play in unlocking the healthy body that is inside every one of us. Concerned with the shape of today’s youth, Dr. Derek is now conducting seminars for concerned parents who would like to know more about the complexities of helping their children lead a healthy life in today’s challenging environment. He has also opened a private practiced called Alessi Fitness for Kids that works with children between the ages of 5-13 and their parents.
Dr. Derek is the author of The Bermuda Triangle Diet (October, 2009 Strategic Publishing), Lose Fat Forever (2003), and The Promise Health and Fitness System (2002). He has also developed an iPhone/iPad/Android App called Eat, Eat, Eat. Derek has earned a doctorate degree in health and physical education and a master’s degree in nutrition. He is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) trainer. He owns and operates Alessi Fitness, a private practice, a personal training facility for adults and a facility for children in East Amherst New York. He has appeared on over 1000-TV and 400-radio programs throughout the country and has been featured in national print media including Maxim, Burn Fitness for Women and Iron-Man Magazines.
Dr. Derek is also the host of weekly TV segment on WGRZ TV Ch 2 NEWS in Buffalo, New York called Dr. Derek and Hosts a daily TV show called The Healthy Zone. He also syndicates recipes and cooking videos to Rogers Canada, iFood TV and Fave Diets. In addition, Dr. Derek conducts regular health and fitness seminars for: The US Army, Adidas, York Barbell Company, Spectrum Nutritional, Wellements Inc and other Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and other groups where he combines his unique brand of humor, empathy and knowledge to communicate his positive, affirming message: Make the Most of Your Life… Live It Fit!™
Chef Steven Binks is an accomplished chef and successful entrepreneur in Western New York. His business ventures in catering and restaurant management have earned him a solid reputation within the food service industry. But it is his dynamic and colorful personality which has won the hearts and minds of the general public through his weekly television and radio shows, including “Dine Out! Dine In! with Chef Binks” broadcast in Buffalo, New York, Southern Ontario and Northern Pennsylvania on the CW television network (WNLO-TV, LIN Broadcasting) and WWKB-AM 1550 (Entercom Communications). Seasons with Chef Binks broadcast daily in “The Healthy Zone” on WGRZ Channle 2 (Gannett) and various other syndicated media outlets.
Beginning his formal training by earning an associate degree in culinary arts he then moved on to complete a 5 year apprenticeship through the American Culinary federation by the age of 24. From there, he honed his craft at a variety of fine restaurants, country clubs and food service operations in the Buffalo/Niagara region. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to develop several specialty food service operations under the umbrella of the “Chef Binks” brand.
Chef Binks has recently been inducted into the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs – an international, gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950 whose membership is by invitation. He also is the recipient of numerous restaurant and catering awards and accreditations.