Toni Branner is a former dancer and captained UNC-Chapel Hill’s Tarheel cheerleading squad during the glory years of Michael Jordan. She holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Physical Education and received her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also served as director of the UNC Employee Health and Fitness center and as faculty member in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise, and Sports Science.
Toni is the director of Care & Feeding Partners, a professional speaking and consulting business in Charlotte, North Carolina that provides seminars for professionals and the lay public on topics such as anti-aging, children’s wellness, motivation for lifestyle change, whole food nutrition, stress management, and safe exercise. She was just named Director of Wellness & Prevention at the brand new United States Performance Center in Charlotte NC and has been the Fitness Director for Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte for 22 years. Toni is the proud mother of Jenna and Will and the wife of Billy who is a physician (Ophthalmologist). Toni serves on the boards and wrote the fitness and nutrition curriculum for Let Me Run, a program for boys in grades 4 through 7 and Kid’s Heartfelt Health, an after school healthy cooking and fitness program.
Her book for adults, “The Safe Exercise Handbook” (5th Edition) promotes the importance of a regular exercise program as a means of improving your health and quality of life. This book currently is used on US Navy aircraft carriers to guide military personnel through their workouts. “Wilby’s Fitness Book” is a rhyming children’s storybook which includes innovative ideas to help children stay healthy and make healthy choices. Her newest series of books include: The Care and Feeding of an Athlete (NAPPA Gold Award Winner), The Care and Feeding of a Dancer (NAPPA Honor Award Winner), and The Care and Feeding of a Soccer Player give state-of-the-art training and nutrition information to young athletes. Look for Toni’s new book “Around the Block with the Crazy Plant Lady” out in May of 2013.
Toni volunteers in a different school each week teaching students, parents, and teachers the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own health. In the spring of 2012, Toni spoke at an event for Michele Obama’s program to prevent childhood obesity in Washington, D.C.
Through 28 years of wellness classes for children, adults and seniors, as well as numerous speaking engagements, workshops and academic presentations, Toni has shown thousands of people the way to prevent disease, eat healthier, perform effective, injury-free fitness and achieve optimal health. She is a gifted teacher, passionate about making a difference in the health of our world.