Marie Spano (MarieS)



Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC

About MarieS:

Marie Spano, MS, RD/LD, FISSN, CSCS is one of the leading sports nutrition and nutrition communications experts in North America. Currently serving as Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, she has helped elite, professional and amateur athletes go beyond their personal best and achieve maximum performance in their respective sport. Marie is also a highly sought after advisor to some of the most respected food and nutritional supplement companies in American and Europe. She has formulated products, developed marketing materials and provided media communications exposure through TV, radio and public speaking. Marie is also an accomplished researcher with regular contributions to popular press magazines such as Muscle & Fitness Hers and FitnessRx for Women, as well as industry publications. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming Human Kinetics textbook on Sports Nutrition. Ms. Spano started off playing softball (scholarship) and soccer at McDaniel College in Maryland before transferring to the University of North Carolina, Greensboro where she sat out a year (boo NCAA regs) before earning a scholarship on the Women's Cross Country Team. Her BS is in Exercise and Sports Science and MS is in Nutrition from UGA.

MarieS's Favorite Sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Multisport, Olympics, Running, Softball

MarieS's Posts:

What it Means to be a Real Team: USA Women's Rugby
posted on August 7, 2010 at 2:29pm

The Women's Rugby team members hail from throughout the U.S. and Canada. They come from very different backgrounds, have different jobs and range in age from 21 to 39. And I've never seen a team more cohesive then this group of women. In July the team ga...more

Help little girls dream big
posted on August 1, 2010 at 12:14pm

Someone recently introduced me to Go! Go! Sports Girls - dolls that are symbols for what young girls should be doing - living at their own age (versus a 22 year old Barbie) with normal kids clothing on (not a sexy 2-piece) and getting out there and gettin...more

Why I'm Boycotting Home Depot
posted on June 5, 2010 at 2:39am

Last week I made the stupid decision to interrupt finely laid, yet slightly mildewed grout and re-grout part of my shower. It might be one of the dumbest things I've done in a while.  As I sat there with grout all over me I was cursing the "You can d...more

Yeardley Love and Abusive Relationships
posted on May 27, 2010 at 7:19pm

For the past few weeks the media has covered every aspect of Yeardley Love's untimely death. And, I've searched for why this case struck such a deep cord within me. Is it because it involves college athletes? Athletes who grew up in the same state I did, ...more

Where's Cinderella?
posted on April 8, 2010 at 3:47pm

Last week my 5 year old niece had me choose which princess I liked the best (I had lined them up on the bathtub rim to get them off the floor)....more

Are Females Interested in Supporting Women's Sports?
posted on March 29, 2010 at 1:06pm

Yesterday I got sucked into a post on facebook. A friend of mine (who happens to hold a gold medal in soccer from the '96 Olympics), posted an article that was a response to an NPR article titled: UConn Women's Team Excels; Will America Notice?...more

Michelle Obama - Get Girls Active in Sports to Decrease Obesity
posted on February 20, 2010 at 11:38am

I'm the type of person that wants tangible results. And if I don't get them doing something one way, I'll stop and find out a better way to accomplish what I want. And my mindset is obviously a bit perplexing to people who just do as they are told an...more

Raising a Star Female Athlete
posted on February 8, 2010 at 12:17pm

What does it take to raise a female athlete into a fine young woman who is confident, excels in school and athletics? Ramon Turnbow, mother of Taylor Turnbow, shines every time you mention her daughter.  Taylor is a 6'2" sophomore forward on LSU's women'...more

Boosting Media Coverage for Women's Sports
posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:30am

How do we boost coverage for women's sports? I played sports in college and love it when women's softball is on TV in May yet the rest of the year I watch and follow men's sports (don't boo me just yet). Why you ask? Well for one, that's what's on TV and ...more

The Making of a Champion: an Interview with Soccer Star Staci Wilson
posted on December 14, 2009 at 12:25am

Like many great athletes, Staci Wilson is passionate about her sport and about furthering the profession of women’s soccer. But, something else always struck me – her genuine desire to help children and women boost their self-esteem and confidence by ...more

Best 30 Years of My Life
posted on November 22, 2009 at 3:10pm

Last night as I sat in my seat, flipping the pages of a magazine and waiting for my plane to take off, my attention was quickly diverted to a conversation I overheard between a man walking down the isle and the gentleman in my row. After their quick manly...more

Tasty Delights in Phillips Arena
posted on November 15, 2009 at 5:26pm

Friday night at the Atlanta Thrashers game at Phillips Arena, I started to wonder what people eat in the Arena and if I could get a healthy dinner there....more

MarieS's blog is a member of the Women Talk Sports Network:

Performance Nutrition

Translating Science into Real Life

Simple Ingredient Substitutions for a Healthier 2013
Looking for al lighter start to 2013 and a way to recover from all of that holiday eating? I shared my favorite ingredient substitutions with Tracye Hutchins of CBS Better Mornings Atlanta on January 2nd: Simple food substitutions for healthier 2013.  ...[Read on]
Stay Warm with Comfort Foods
Everyone has at least one favorite dish they fall back on when the weather gets cold and they crave warm foods and the comfort of family dishes passed down from generation to generation. And though they satisfy your taste buds, traditional comfort foods a...[Read on]
Pre-Workout and Post-Workout Meal Ideas
You’ve seen them. The people who faithfully go to the gym day after day and spend quality time on the cardio equipment and in the weight room. Yet their bodies never seem to make any visible changes. They are training. But they aren’t training...[Read on]
You Booze, You Lose. How Alcohol Can Wreck Your Athletic Performance
It’s called a beer gut for a reason. But, over drinking will do more than just cover up those abs you’ve been working so hard for. Take a close look at how it will wreck your athletic performance: Athletic Performance & Recovery Alcohol ...[Read on]
UGA vs. Georgia Tech – Tailgating with Georgia’s Finest Foods
UGA vs. Georgia Tech is one of college football’s most intense rivalries, dating back to 1893. It has been described as Clean Old-Fashioned Hate complete with taunting, pranks and a sea of gold, navy, red and black. But, you can do even more to show...[Read on]
The Great Gluten Debate
Get two passionate Italian scientists in the room and you are in for a show. If the nitty gritty details about mucosal villous atrophy sound about as exciting as reading a manual on how to fix your vacuum cleaner, at least you’ll be entertained by t...[Read on]
Mitigating the Pain of Overtraining
In college our cross country coach would often tell us to run an easy 60 minutes on Sundays after our Saturday races. The temptation to run further, just to see how long I could go, was too much and I’d often be out there for 2 hours (not to mention...[Read on]
Breast cancer: Give yourself fighting chance
Breast cancer awareness month is over but the fight to find a cure and discuss prevention strategies shouldn’t take a backseat just because the pink ribbons are slowly disappearing from store shelves. If this disease hasn’t touched you, it wil...[Read on]
Sleep – a Critical Component to Sports Performance
Years ago hitting the gym and throwing around some steel was considered the most critical aspect of sports performance training. However, in more recent years a more comprehensive model of performance has developed based on decades of research on nutritio...[Read on]
Looking for the Best Nutrition Bar?
Nutrition bars fit a need: they are convenient. Portable nutrition at it’s best, no stopping, no drive throughs and your hunger pangs are taken care of in an instant. So which bar is best for you? That depends on your particular nutrition needs. Ho...[Read on]