Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose more than three million pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating. Simmons' success as a fitness expert and advocate led to numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on General Hospital, followed by his own nationally syndicated series, The Richard Simmons Show, whichran for four years and received several Emmy Awards. He is also a New York Times bestselling author,whose works include Never Say Diet and three bestselling cookbooks. Alarmed by the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, Richard also helped launch the Fit Kids Bill in Congress. Still fighting the fitness battle with humor and enthusiasm, Simmons vows to never give up and promises that he will continue his crusade until it's time for him to teach classes at the Pearly Gates.