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President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Dr. Ian Smith

Council Member

Healthy Living Advocate

PCFSN Council Member - Ian Smith

Dr. Ian Smith, member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is currently the medical/diet expert on VH1's highly-rated "Celebrity Fit Club," the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile, and a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show "Rachael Ray." He is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show "HealthWatch" on American Urban Radio Networks. He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for WNBC NewsChannel 4 where he filed reports for NBC's "Nightly News" and "The Today Show," as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including "The Oprah Show," "The View," "The Tyra Banks Show," "Larry King Live," "Anderson Cooper 360," and "Showbiz Tonight." He has written for various publications including TIME, Newsweek, Men's Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including People, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan, and Black Enterprise.

A highly-sought after speaker, his work has been honored by several organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his coverage of September 11, 2001. He is very active in charitable causes. He is currently a national advisory board member for The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. He has also served on the boards of the American Council on Exercise, the New York Mission Society, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

He graduated from Harvard College with a BA, and received a master's in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Ian SmithHe is also the author of nine books, the #1 New York Times Bestseller Extreme Fat Smash Diet, The New York Times Bestseller The 4 Day Diet, Happy, EAT, the critically acclaimed The Blackbird Papers (2005 BCALA fiction Honor Book Award winner), Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites, and The Take-Control Diet. His most recent book is The Truth About Men: The Secret Side of the Opposite Sex.

Short Bio
  • Medical/diet expert on VH1's highly-rated "Celebrity Fit Club".
  • Creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile.
  • Former medical correspondent for NBC News network.

Fun Facts

  • icon of New ZealandNew Zealand is one of my favorite countries to visit.
  • icon of a gardenerI enjoy gardening with my sons as well as playing a variety of sports.
  • icon of a plane ticketOne of my favorite things to do is to travel to foreign countries and see great landmarks.
  • icon of a of a basket ballI played basketball for Harvard.
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Dr. Ian Smith