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Family Physician and Former Television "Bachelor" Joins Nutrisystem to Raise Awareness and Encourage Americans to Live a Healthier Lifestyle
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management products and services, today announced it will sponsor and have more than one hundred employees and their families, including CEO Dawn Zier and new Nutrisystem Ambassador, Andy Baldwin, M.D., a Board Certified Family Physician, join the Company at the American Diabetes Association's annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Philadelphia. Each year, Nutrisystem participates in the event alongside more than 5000 attendees. On Saturday, October 5, Dr. Baldwin will walk with Zier and Fort Washington-based Nutrisystem employees as part of the Company's ongoing commitment to support the fight against diabetes.
Dr. Baldwin, who has also starred on the ABC hit show, "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman," is a firm believer in educating Americans about the warning signs of diabetes and the importance of healthy weight maintenance in the battle against diabetes. He is, along with in-house nutrition and behavioral scientists, working with Nutrisystem to raise awareness about the need for healthier family lifestyles focusing on everything from food choices to exercise routines.
"Diabetes continues to be one of the top health threats to our population and many of our customers," said Dawn Zier, President and CEO of Nutrisystem. "With products like Nutrisystem D, we're able to successfully help those individuals suffering from or at risk of diabetes by providing them with the tools necessary to lose weight and manage their disease. I could not be more proud of the accomplishments and commitments our team, including Dr. Baldwin, has made, both at work and at home, to positively impact such an important cause."
"I have seen firsthand the power of believing that anything is possible through my patients and in my own life. I have trained hard and endured punishing competitions, and I've helped patients lose vast amounts of weight, which can be even harder," said Baldwin, an eight-time Ironman finisher. "We need and want those who are struggling with their weight, at risk of serious health issues like diabetes, or who feel like they are fighting a losing battle, to believe they can fight back and win, and I want to help them achieve their goals. Working with Nutrisystem has shown me there are convenient options available for people to drop the pounds and balance blood glucose. I am thrilled to be a part of their team and join Dawn Zier, who not only talks the talk, but actually gets out and walks the walk, to help spread awareness."
While serving as a doctor, Dr. Baldwin also remains active in his athletic and charitable pursuits, including domestic and global humanitarian projects. He is the founder of the Got Your Back Network, a nonprofit organization that raises money to support families of fallen soldiers.
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a fun, family walk designed to raise awareness and help fund research, information and advocacy efforts of the American Diabetes Association. Click here for more information about Team Nutrisystem and the walk in Philadelphia on October 5, 2013.
Nutrisystem® D® Program
Nutrisystem D offers a program of balanced nutrition, which meets the nutritional guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. When combined with weekly counseling sessions, the program is clinically tested to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and manage their blood glucose. Nutrisystem D follows the low-glycemic, reduced-calorie, portion-controlled approach of all Nutrisystem® plans, which simplifies the task of following a healthy diet. Diets that are low in glycemic index have been shown in multiple studies to add to the favorable effect of weight loss on A1C among people with type 2 diabetes.
Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds for over 40 years, Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) develops evidence-based programs for healthy weight management, and is the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans. Nutrisystem offers balanced nutrition in the form of low glycemic index meal plans designed for men and women, including seniors, vegetarians and the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes. Nutrisystem® plans include a wide variety of pantry and frozen entrees and snacks to aid in program satisfaction and adherence, as well as transition plans to support long-term success. The Fort Washington, PA-based company also provides weight management support and counseling by trained weight-loss coaches and registered dietitians, as well as through an engaged online community, online tools and trackers, mobile apps, cookbooks and more. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. Nutrisystem® weight loss plans are available directly to consumers through www.nutrisystem.com, by phone (1-800-435-4074) and at select retailers.
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