July 15, 2008

Diet & Nutrition III 2008 Feature Releases

The following releases focus on the topic

Diet & Nutrition III


Make Mushrooms Your Pick of the Season Source: Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) Programs: The Key to Fighting Chronic Disease Source: Metagenics, Inc.

The following knowledgeable industry leaders and scholars from Business Wire's ExpertSource database are available to discuss topics relating to Diet & Nutrition III

Harry Balzer, The NPD Group: There are not many people in the United States that have followed the actual eating patterns of Americans as long as Harry Balzer, vice president of The NPD Group. A national expert on food and diet trends, Balzer and The NPD Group have been tracking the eating and drinking patterns of Americans for nearly 30 years. He is the author of The NPD Group's Annual Report on Eating Patterns in America, which is in its 22nd year. That's why more than 90 percent of the nation's food and beverage manufacturers and restaurant operators rely on Harry and NPD data. Balzer is widely known within the industry as a consistent source for information on actual consumer eating habits -- not just what they say they are doing -- but what they really do! NPD conducts over 30 different on-going food-related consumer research studies. Balzer is available to offer insight and commentary on many industry-related questions, including: --What and where are Americans eating - at home or away from home? --What's happening in the restaurant industry? --How many Americans are dieting and what kind of diets are they on? --How often do Americans exercise? What are people's attitudes about health and nutrition? --How often do people cook and what appliances are being used more or less often? --Which foods are gaining or decreasing in popularity for each meal? --How do food safety concerns, including mad cow disease and trans fat, affect food consumption?

Research and Publications: Balzer received recognition from Self Magazine for being one of 25 people in the United States who has changed the way the nation eats, cooks and thinks about food. His television appearances include Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CNBC. Balzer has been extensively quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek and a host of other business and trade publications. In addition, Balzer speaks about the latest food-related trends at several prestigious food industry events. He also speaks regularly at prominent universities including Northwestern University, Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh.

PR Contact: Kim McLynn, Senior PR Manager, Email: [email protected], Telephone: 847-692-1781

Scott Mandell, Enjoy Life Natural Brands: Co-Founded only company that manufacturers foods that are 100 percent gluten free and allergy friendly.

An estimated 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies. A growing awareness of the problem has helped Scott Mandell get his Enjoy Life Foods (ELF) products onto the shelves of more than 3,000 stores throughout the U.S. Mandell has seen first hand overwhelming evidence of the growing consumer need/demand for allergen-free foods: --Leading grocery store chains (such as Whole Foods, Kroger and Wegmans) are increasing the number of allergen-free and gluten-free foods that they are offering to their shoppers as a direct response to consumer requests for more allergy-friendly foods --Many retailers also offer in-store classes, tours and food lists to help those with food allergies figure out what they can and cannot eat -- Media attention and public education campaigns are helping drive consumer awareness -- Enjoy Life was recently named to the Inc. 500's list of fastest growing privately-held companies and was profiled on the Food Network's Unwrapped show -- More and more schools and public venues are declaring themselves peanut free and implementing food allergy emergency plans to protect their students -- FDA's FALCPA labeling requirements (effective Jan 2006) were enacted to help protect food allergic consumers from hidden ingredients that could impact their health -- Researchers are working hard on developing an allergen-free peanut, although much more research and testing still needs to be done --Thousands of parents throughout the world have placed their autistic children on a restricted diet of gluten and casein-free foods and have observed dramatic improvements. Mandell's Enjoy Life products are truly unique in the marketplace because everything that ELF makes is free of all 8 common allergens (wheat, dairy, peanut, tree nut, egg, soy, fish, shellfish) so most everyone can eat our foods -- All ELF products are made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free facility so they are safe to eat -- Plus, they taste great, in fact, some of our products you wouldn't even be able to tell they aren't the real thing -- In past year alone ELF nearly doubled its revenue growth -- ELF now offers 26 different products that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free To find out more, people can visit www.enjoylifefoods.com

PR Contact: Susan Schneider, President, Email: [email protected], Telephone: 847 438 4465

Judy Stone, Nutrition Magician: Psychotherapist, nutritionist and author Judy Stone runs a nutrition-based health and wellness clinic in Ann Arbor, MI (www.nutritionmagician.net). Stone has found that diet is much more effective than medication for addressing chronic conditions like hormone imbalances, obesity, depression, chronic pain, fatigue, diabetes, hypertension, reflux, and low bone density. Based on the belief that the human body has the capacity to heal if given the proper resources, Stone helps her clients to identify their personal barriers to healing and achieving a healthy lifestyle. She uses her 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist to structure change in small steps that clients can follow at a pace they are able to maintain. Understanding the confusion and frustration people feel with the rapidly changing nutritional landscape, Stone keeps up-to-date with current research, controversy and practice. Her book, Take Two Apples and Call Me in the Morning (www.taketwoapples.com), is a warm, light-hearted combination of nutrition science, personal coaching manual, and cookbook. Readers learn how protein, carbohydrates, and fat affect the brain and body, how blood chemistry is altered by diet, and how to find and prepare whole foods that support optimum health. The book also includes stories of her clients' problems and successes, personal anecdotes, menu plans and shopping lists for specific situations, useful charts and sidebars, and over 100 delicious, health-enhancing recipes. Judy Stone holds an MSW from the University of Michigan. She is certified in Bioenergetic Analysis (a body-mind psychotherapy) and in Comprehensive Nutrition from the American Academy of Nutrition, and has received training in Nutrition Response Testing and Functional Endocrinology. She is a popular speaker, workshop leader, and educator.

Contact: Judy Stone, President, Email: [email protected], Telephone: 734-994-5549

Marlene Lesson, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E., is a registered dietitian and has been the Nutrition Director at Structure House since 1983. She recently earned her Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. At Structure House, Marlene oversees the daily operation of the nutrition program, including teaching classes and workshops, as well as ensuring meals prepared by the Structure House kitchen are in line with the program's guidelines. A member of the American Dietetic Association, Marlene participates in several of the Association's special practice groups - weight management, diabetes care and education. In addition, she belongs to the Durham/Chapel Hill Dietetic Association. Marlene has a graduate degree in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Maryland. She has published numerous articles on nutrition and has been featured in academic journals as well as the popular press. She is a co-author of the professional paper, "Weight Loss Expectations of Obese, Residential Treatment-Seeking Men and Women," presented at the meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. A partial list of Structure House classes taught by Marlene include: Fat Controversies (popular diets, satiety, calorie-density); Eating Out Smart (strategies for restaurants); Supplements (vitamins and minerals, herbs, functional foods); Supermarket Sleuths (strategies for healthy food shopping); Dietary Management of Diabetes; Menu Planning; Speedy Meal Solutions: Resources for people on the go; Successful Aging: Strong Body, Sharp Mind

PR Contact: Meredith Schneider, Account Executive, Email: [email protected], Telephone: (919) 277-1165

Gerard Musante, Ph.D. is a renowned clinical psychologist who founded Structure House in 1977 and understands firsthand the struggle faced by overweight people. After spending his overweight adolescent years trying countless diets that never worked, he devoted his professional life to developing and teaching the principles of behavior modification for overweight people. Today, his internationally respected weight control program, Structure House, has helped more than 30,000 people change their attitudes, perceptions and lifestyles with diet, exercise and education. Structure House is a residential center for weight control and lifestyle change in Durham, N.C. Dr. Musante was the first person to adapt the principles of behavior modification to the eating habits of significantly overweight people and food abusers alike. Thousands of people have benefited from his methods and guidance at Structure House. Participants learn why they have been making negative food choices and move on to learn about taking personal responsibility for their food choices and habits to maintain a healthier lifestyle. A respected leader in the field, Dr. Musante testified as an expert witness on obesity before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in October 2003 in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell's Commonsense Consumption Act. He also serves on the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission's Study Committee for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Overweight/Obesity. Dr. Musante is the author of The Structure House Weight Loss Plan (2007). Additionally, he has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsweek and People magazine. Dr. Musante has appeared on national television shows, including a feature segment on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, and with Morley Safer on the acclaimed CBS news program "60 Minutes" as well as "Donahue" and "Good Morning America." He wrote the introduction to James Coco's book, If I Can, You Can. Dr. Musante's road to personal success - the loss of 50 pounds - and professional success began when he undertook the study of obesity as a psychologist at Duke University Medical Center. There he developed the techniques that not only enabled him to lose the weight, but to keep it off. He says, "Once I realized that my relationship with food needed to change, and that food was for nutrition, not for comfort and support, I lost the weight and kept it off." Dr. Musante received his professional training from New York University, the University of Tennessee, Duke University Medical Center and Temple University Medical School. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He has served on the editorial board of Addictive Behavior, and as a consultant to the National Board of Medical Examiners. He also continues to serve as a consulting professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences for Duke University Medical Center and the Duke University School of Medicine.

PR Contact: Meredith Schneider, Account Executive, Email:[email protected] Telephone:(919) 277-1165

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