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Get to know the first black Celebrity Gospel Fitness Instructor: Donna Richardson (437 hits)

Donna Richardson is a best-selling author “Witness To Fitness” and motivational speaker. She is a renowned lifestyle expert who has traveled to 50 states, 51 countries and 6 continents helping people to live purposeful, powerful and productive lives. She just launched her clothing line, DR “Fashion That Fits” Donna’s believes the best outfit you will ever wear is your self- confidence and your self-worth!

Donna is the only council member who served under President Bush and now President Obama on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She is an ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Initiative.” Producer of newly released Old School Dance Party featuring Sugarhill gang and creator of Body Gospel and Sweating in the Spirit. Donna has starred in over 25 award winning videos including best-selling “Buns Of Steel.”

She has lectured and conducted seminars at schools, community centers, churches and corporations around the globe. She has been a featured speaker with: God’s Leading Ladies, Sisters in the Spirit, Pantene Total You, and Eliminating Childhood Obesity Tours. Recently, Donna climbed the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro and led the first team of African American Women to run 200 miles in the Hood to Coast Relay.

Donna is a TV Contributor for Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BET and other networks. She was the producer and host of the “Donna Richardson’s Mind, Body & Spirit Show,” on TV One and the “Sweating in the Spirit” on the Word Network. Donna was the former co-host for the “ESPN Fitness Pro’s Show” and fitness expert with the “NBC Weekend Today Show.

She was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and was named by Essence Magazine “One of Twenty Five of the Most Inspiring Women in America.” She receive the Mental & Physical Health Award from Essence and Congressional Black Caucus. She was awarded the “Family Leadership Legacy Award” by the Jack & Jill of America Foundation.

Donna broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest line dance with over 50,000 participants. She was also selected by Fitness Magazine as one of the top movers and shakers. She received the Centennial Health Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Presidential Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was honored with the Christian Literary Trailblazer Award, and the All-Star Gospel Celebration Slam Dunk Award.

Donna is on the advisory board for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She served on the Women’s Sports Foundation and Board of Trustees, is an Advisor for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Donna is a board member of the LPGA Foundation and a former Spokesperson for the PGA of America.

Donna has taught for several years in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls. She is founder of both Grow Green Get Fit, a nutritional, physical and environmental curriculum for school aged children being taught at YMCAs across the country.

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Posted By: Elly Moss
Tuesday, December 4th 2018 at 1:38PM
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