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GayleFORCE Competitor Spotlight - Aimee Buono

by Sharon Gayle September 30, 2013

Competitor Profile

Aimee Buono - WNBF Pro. Figure Competitor


Blazing a Trail!


Aimee Buono is a newcomer to the INBF,(1) but before she could be known as an INBF Competitor, she launched herself into the ranks of the WNBF(2) by winning 1st Place and Overall at this year's Hercules Bodybuilding & Figure Championships-2013 (NYC).

Background: Aimee is a licensed Massage Therapist based in Brooklyn, NY. and has more than 13-years of experience.  She is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and has dedicated herself to helping her clients arrive at the path to sustaining a healthy lifestyle.  Aimee practiced gymnastics for 15-years and dance for 5-years.  She decided to compete to prove to herself that she could create a goal, stick to it, and succeed; but also, to overcome the negative body-image that she had of herself.

Aimee Buono, 1st Place & Overall - Hercules 2013 

Aimee decided to joined the INBF as she felt that her lifestyle and physique was better suited to a Natural (drug free) Federation.  But Aimee is no amateur to the World of Figure Competition.  She began her competitive career in 2011 competing with the NPC.  Immediately making an impact, she took the stage by storm placing 1st in Masters Figure and 3rd in Open Figure at the NPC Eastern USA-2011 (NYC).  She then went on to place 3rd in Masters Figure and 4th in Open Figure at the NPC Atlantic States-2012 (NYC).  Continuously refining her look and honing her stage presence Aimee competed at her first NPC National level event and placed 6th in Masters (Over 35 B) at the NPC Team Universe-2012 (NJ).

Now, as an WNBF Figure Competitor, Aimee has hit the ground running and has begun training and preparing to compete in her first WNBF Competition, the WNBF Pro U.S Cup Extravaganza Bodybuilding  & Figure Championships, Oct 19, 2013 (New Haven, CT.)

Here style ...sexy, daring, sophistication.  Seriously focused, and with the desire to encourage and motivate other women to believe in themselves, and to pursue their goals; Aimee plans to step out with a refined look and a commanding presentation.

Sharon:  Aimee what would you say to the women out there who are contemplating whether they should compete or not?
Aimee:  "I would say if you have the desire to compete then do it!!  Ignore all the negative fears in your head, create support, don't compare yourself, stay focused, create your best you, and remember to have fun!"

Aimee's competitive goals are to inspire others to become powerful, strong, and confident, but also to WIN!

Aimee thanks her Parents for her genetics, Steve & Amanda for love & support, Carmi Smith for discipline & form and Jennifer Searles for always keeping it real.

Make no mistake, Ms. Buono is new to the WNBF but she is no newbie.  Here to stay, and with an eye on the upcoming 2013 WNBF World Championships, this is one figure competitor who's name will become known far and wide. ~Sharon Gayle

Photograph: Courtesy of Aimee Buono
(1) INBF - International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness - Amateur Division
(2) WNBF - World Natural Bodybuilding Federation - Professional Division
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Stats & Facts: Physical Activity for Children

by Sharon Gayle September 26, 2013

Exercise for Children

Help Your Child to Build a Strong Foundation

As an adult most of us equate exercise to going to the gym and doing cardio and strength training.  However, for children, exercise means being physically active, playing with friends, and having fun.  Children exercise when they have a gym class at school, during recess. Competitive sports such as Soccer can help kids stay fit. Walking or biking to school, dancing, bowling and swimming are also some other ways in which children can get exercise.


The Many Benefits of Exercise

Increased physical activity has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. And physical activity helps children to:

  1. have stronger muscles and bones
  2. have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
  3. control weight / be less likely to become overweight
  4. decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer
  5. raising HDL ("good") cholesterol possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  6. improved psychological well-being, which often includes more  self-confidence and higher self-esteem

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.  Parents can set a good example by being active themselves. Exercising together can be fun for everyone! 

The American Heart Association recommends:


  • All children age 2 and older should participate in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied.
  • If your child or children don't have a full 60-minute activity break each day, try to provide at least two 30-minute periods or four 15-minute periods in which they can engage in vigorous activities appropriate to their age, gender and stage of physical and emotional development.

Additional Stats

Physical Activity

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day.(1)
  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, video games, computer).(2)
  • Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance.(3)


  • Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.(4)
  • More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in food deserts – areas that are more than a mile away from a supermarket.(5)
  • In recent years, nearly 15% of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to help meet their needs.(2)
  • In 2008, an estimated 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million children, experienced food insecurity (limited availability to safe and nutritionally adequate foods) multiple times throughout the year.(6)


  • Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.(7)
  • For children with disabilities, obesity rates are approximately 38% higher than for children without disabilities. It gets worse for the adult population where obesity rates for adults with disabilities are approximately 57% higher than for adults without disabilities.(8)
  • Obesity Then and Now(2)
        o Prevalence of obesity for children ages 2 to 5 years – doubled
        Early 1970s: 5%
        2007-08: 10%
        o Prevalence of obesity for children ages 6 to 11 years – quadrupled
        Early 1970s: 4%
        2007-08: 20%
        o Prevalence of obesity for children ages 12 to 19 years – tripled
        Early 1970s: 6%
        2007-08: 18%
  • Nearly 45% of children living in poverty are overweight or obese compared with 22% of children living in households with incomes four times the poverty level.(9)
  • Almost 40% of Black and Latino youth ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese compared with only 29% of White youth.(9)

Human and Financial Costs of Obesity

  • Obesity is also a growing threat to national security – a surprising 27% of young Americans are too overweight to serve in our military. Approximately 15,000 potential recruits fail their physicals every year because they are unfit.(10)



  1. National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The Fitness Equation: Physical Activity + Balanced Diet = Fit Kids. Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1999.
  2. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020.
  4. Rideout, Victoria J., Foehr, Ulla G., and Roberts, Donald F. Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds. Rep. Menlo Park: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010.
  5. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Creating Access to Healthy, Affordable Food.
  6. Nord, Mark, Andrews, Margaret, and Carlson, Steven. Household Food Security in the United States, 2008. Rep. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2009.
  7. Ogden, C.L., Carroll, M.D., Kit, B.K., Flegal, K.M. Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009-2010. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, January 2012.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 2003-2008.
  9. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. F As In Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future. 2010.
  10. American Heart Association. Teaching America's Kids About A Healthy Lifestyle. 2010.


Exercise | Fitness | Health


by Sharon Gayle September 24, 2013



Date: Sept 21, 2013
Location: Murray Bertram High School, NYC.
Promoter: Charlie Carollo.


Note: Points breakdown after taking out a High & Low score

WNBF/INBF Mr. Fitness results     
Overall Winner James Schmalfuss $500 -- 9
2nd place Travis Struble $300 -- 13
3rd place JF Alcantud $200 -- 21
4th place Anthony Spencer -- 24 Tie Breaker
5th place Thomas Holman -- 24
6th place Rob Smith -- 29
7th place Keith Allen -- 32                                                  
8th place Michael Singer -- 35                                             
Masters Mr. Fitness
Overall Winner Bernie Long -- 5                                         
2nd place Stephen Draganchuk --10                                   
WNBF/INBF Best Body Bikini results
Overall Winner Cynthia Rodri $500 -- 5                           
2nd place Eleita Pereira $200 -- 11                                         
3rd place Taylor Chapman $100 -- 14                                    
4th place Alicia Cusumano -- 21
5th place Judith Fleyshegakker -- 25
6th place Qi Lian Chen -- 32
7th place Melissa Johnston -- 35
8th place Victoria Guthrie -- 38 
Masters Best Body
1st place Victoria Guthrie                   
Ms Fit Body
1st place Taniya Brandon
Novice Figure
1st place Alicia Cusumano -- 5
2nd place Taylor Chapman -- 12
3rd place Nicky Lusky -- 14
4th place Judith Fleyshgakker -- 21
5th place Katherine Rubin -- 23
Masters Figure
1st place Camille Worrell -- 5
2nd place Nicky Lusky -- 11
3rd place Jodi Young -- 14
Open Figure Short                            
Overall Winner Crystal Woods (WNBF Pro Card) -- 6
2nd place Taniya Brandon -- 9
3rd place Emily Ingraham -- 17
4th place Jodi Young -- 18
Figure Tall
1st place Camille Worrell -- 6
2nd place Christina Gagne -- 9
3rd place Qi Lian Chen -- 15
Teenage Men
1st place Christian Cavaliere -- 5

2nd place Paul Ross -- 10
Masters Men - Over 40
1st place JF Alcantud (WNBF Pro Masters Card). -- 5
2nd place Nick Montalbano -- 10
3rd place Douglas Almanzar -- 15
4th place Allen Geller -- 20                                                      
5th place Willie Langley -- 25
Masters Men - Over 50
1st place Fred Borzumato (WNBF Pro Masters Card) -- 5
2nd place Bruce Rappaport -- 10
3rd place John Solazzo -- 15
4th place Allen Geller -- 20
5th place Richard Testaccio -- 25
6th place Willie Langley -- 30
Masters Men - Over 60
1st place Bruce Rappaport (WNBF Pro Masters Card) -- 5
2nd place Richard Testaccio -- 10
3rd place Bernie Long -- 15
4th place Stephen Draganchuk -- 21
5th place Martin Rodgers -- 23
Novice Men
1st place Anthony Pellergrino -- 5
2nd place Christian Cavaliere -- 10
3rd place Andrew Slutsky -- 15                                           
Bantam Weight Open Men
1st place Simon Brett (WNBF Pro Card) -- 5
2nd place Fred Borzumato -- 10
3rd place Paul Ross -- 16
4th place Allen Geller -- 19
5th place Stephen Draganchuk -- 25
Middle Weight Open Men
1st place Kenneth Slicott (WNBF Pro Card) -- 5
2nd place Matthew Matheson -- 10
3rd place Travis Struble -- 18 Tie Breaker
4th place Erison Estevez -- 18
5th place James Schmulfuss -- 27
6th place William Reddick -- 29
7th place Jacob Parks -- 33
8th place Bruce Rapaport -- 41
9th place Douglas Almanzar -- 43
Light Heavy Weight Open Men
Overall Winner -Justin Baker (WNBF Pro Card) -- 5                   
2nd place Nick Laurino -- 10
3rd place Ben Bailey -- 17
4th place JF Alcantud -- 21                              
5th place Kevin Terrier -- 23                                          
6th place Nick Montalbano -- 34
Heavy Weight Open Men
1st place Anthony Spencer -- 7
2nd place Jonathan Cespedes -- 8

Results Courtesy of WNBF.net
No Competitor Potographs available.

Let's Dine! Creamy Mustard Chicken

by Sharon Gayle September 14, 2013

Let's Dine!

Creamy Mustard Chicken

In this healthy, creamy mustard chicken recipe, thin-sliced chicken breasts (sometimes labeled chicken cutlets) cook quickly and are delicious smothered in a velvety, light mustard sauce and garnished with fresh chopped sage. If you can’t find chicken cutlets, cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into 4-ounce pieces and place between pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin or heavy skillet until flattened to about 1/2 inch thick.

Creamy Mustard Chicken

Makes: 4 servings, 1 cutlet & 1 cup pasta with 1/4 cup sauce each
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Profile

High fiber | Low saturated fat | Low cholesterol | Low sodium | Heart healthy |


  • 1/2 package whole-wheat angel hair pasta (7-8 ounces)
  • 4 thin-sliced chicken breasts or cutlets (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl and coat both sides of the chicken, shaking off any excess. Reserve 2 teaspoons flour; discard the rest.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Combine water with the reserved 2 teaspoons flour. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream, mustard, 2 tablespoons sage and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce.
  5. Top the pasta with half the sauce, the chicken and then the remaining sauce. Garnish with more sage, if desired.


Per serving: 447 calories; 16 g fat ( 3 g sat , 10 g mono ); 69 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 6 g fiber; 456 mg sodium; 367 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (25% daily value), Iron (16% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 1/2 fat


Recipe Courtesy of EatingWell.com


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