Orthopedic Surgeon and Author of Fitness After 40

Vonda Wright, MD is an orthopedic surgeon, speaker, author and researcher. One of the few women in orthopedic surgery, she specializes in sports medicine and is the Director of P.R.I.M.A: the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In these roles she cares for athletes and active fitness participants, from people stepping away from the couch for the first time in 20 years to weekend warriors and elite competitors, while conducting research focused on musculoskeletal aging and athletes over 40.

As an expert in maximizing performance and minimizing injury in adults, Wright penned her first book, Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age in 2009, which led to the development of an exclusive partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods to create an entire line of Fitness After 40 products. This unique medical program is specifically designed to target the fitness and performance needs of adults. By combining flexibility, aerobic exercise, strength training, balance and products specifically designed for adults, participants of Dr. Wright’s programs thrive as they F.A.C.E. their futures.

A valuable resource on healthy aging and orthopedic issues, Dr. Wright is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, CNN.com and MSNBC and in magazines such as Maxim, Best Life, Runner's World, Prevention and Arthritis Today and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, ABC Health News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Doctors, CNN, Better TV and CBS affiliate KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh TODAY Live.

Dr. Wright serves on the medical advisory board of the National Arthritis Foundation, International Council on Active Aging, Fitness Magazine, SportsMD.com (the premier site for sports injury education) and RaceNation.com, a web-based racing network.

She received her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, her bachelor's degree in biology from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill., and her master's degree in oncology nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.  Dr. Wright served her residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City before returning to the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

For more information about Dr. Wright and her book, Fitness After 40, visit www.vondawrightmd.com.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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