Posted on July 11, 2014 | Leave a comment

Contact: Ellen Madden

Dawna Stone won Gold for “Best Book/Author/Publisher Website” by the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards), according to an announcement made April 30, 2014. The IPPY Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world.

Stone’s website, DawnaStone.com, was developed in June 2013 in preparation for the release of “Healthy You! 14 Days to Quick and Permanent Weight Loss and a Healthier, Happier You” (October, 2013). The website was designed by Stone herself and implemented by Big Sea Design & Development, a Tampa Bay based company located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

“I am humbled and grateful to receive the Gold honor by the Independent Publisher Book Awards,” said Dawna Stone. “My goal is to provide a user-friendly website for men and women to find information they want and need to build a foundation for a healthier lifestyle through wholesome eating and better lifestyle habits.”

DawnaStone.com focuses on healthy eating and weight loss through recipes, videos, and blog posts. Upon exploring the site, visitors will find original, clean and wholesome recipes like Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Mango Salsa or Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado. Frequent how-to videos such as “6 Smart & Healthy Food Substitutions” and “The Best Calcium-Rich Foods for your Diet” provide useful information that can be applied to everyday life. The popular “Healthy Made Easy” blog will navigate you through real life challenges and provide you with the tools for weight loss success. The website also features self-help books authored by Stone, including “Healthy You!” and “Winning Nice.”

An American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Health Coach and health, fitness and wellness expert with an extensive business background, Stone helps men and women lead healthier, happier lives through her books, website and social media outlets.  While DawnaStone.com is a popular source for communication, Stone’s digital presence extends through the social media stratosphere. Dawna connects with her followers on a daily basis through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Dawna Stone is a health, fitness, and wellness expert. As the founder of Women’s Running magazine and the Women’s Half Marathon series, she has helped thousands lead healthier lives. Stone won NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and has hosted “Health and Fitness Talk with Dawna Stone” on Sirius Satellite Radio as well as “Healthy Living with Dawna Stone” on Fox-TV in Tampa. Her other television credits include appearances on The Today Show, MARTHA, and morning news programs on all four major networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox.

An American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Health Coach, Stone served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and contributed health and wellness articles to numerous newspapers and magazines. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. An avid runner and Ironman triathlete, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.



The “IPPY” Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Since the inaugural contest nearly 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. The Awards are owned and operated by Jenkins Group, a publishing services company founded 1988 and located in Traverse City, Michigan.


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