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  • Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System

     

    Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System New Multi-Platform Digital Product Designed for DIY Category Backed by Over 40 Years of Weight Loss Expertise Nutrisystem announces the launch of NuMi(TM) by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. … FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management products and services, announced today the launch of NuMi™ by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. Backed by over 40 years of weight loss expertise combined with cutting-edge technology, NuMi offers an interactive solution for the nutritional, emotional and physical components of a weight loss journey. “We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to weight loss. In fact, 83% of all dieters try to lose weight without a structured program,” explained Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem. “We believe that it is important to have a digital product as part of our portfolio that addresses the needs of do-it-yourself dieters – a new segment for us – and also helps people transition from structured programs. Having the ability to get in-the-moment coaching is a game changer in this space and allows NuMi to provide a truly individualized solution for dieters looking for flexibility in managing their weight loss journey.” Nutrisystem set up an entrepreneurial team of engineers, data scientists, nutritionists and psychologists to pioneer NuMi’s holistic, interactive solution. The premise: the best diet for anyone is the one they can stick with given their ever-changing lifestyle needs. “We developed an interactive system that is far more than a prescribed diet, tracker or calorie counter. NuMi is designed for today’s DIY dieters as they go about their daily lives – whether they’re at home or at a restaurant, in the mood to exercise or feeling sluggish, looking to lose 5 pounds or 25 pounds,” said Aditi Gokhale, Senior Vice President & GM Digital at Nutrisystem. “Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy. We’re thrilled to have pioneered a real time, on-the-go weight loss system that addresses and adapts to an individual’s nutritional, emotional and physical aspects of weight loss all in one program.” NuMi — How It Works: The NuMi™ digital weight loss system is designed to take real life into account on the journey to lose weight. It’s not focused on any particular nutrient, ingredient or food group. It’s focused on an individual’s weight loss goals and changing needs. With NuMi, Nutrisystem is pioneering a new approach to lose weight, the company calls “Responsive Dieting(SM).” Responsive Dieting is adaptive to an individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, metabolism, activity level and weight loss goals. NuMi provides: Behavior modification: NuMi’s patent pending behavior modification system, tracks everyday moments that affect weight loss, including “Victories,” “Wobbles” and “Slip-ups,” and provides real time insights and guidance throughout the weight loss journey; One-on-one real time mentoring: On demand live chat with the NuMi™ squad, a dedicated coaching team available 7-days a week, who motivate, listen and provide weight loss advice all in real time Personalization: NuMi’s weight loss system personalizes and adjusts daily calorie goals based on a user’s overall goals and lifestyle; Solutions for eating out: Eat out menu recommendations at over 300 restaurants/chains; Solutions for eating in: More than 12,000 expertly curated and nutritionist reviewed eat in recommendations; Activity suggestions: Over 200 every day activity suggestions based on lifestyle, location and time; Integration with fitness devices: Integration with a variety of activity trackers and wifi scales automatically uploaded into a user’s NuMi™ weight loss plan. NuMi can be used on a desktop or smartphone with seamless synching. It is available for download in the iTunes App Store now and will be coming to the Google Play Store soon. To learn more about NuMi, visit http://www.numi.com on the web or mobile device. About Nutrisystem, Inc. Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) is a leading provider of weight loss solutions and weight-related products and services including its structured food delivery program Nutrisystem® My Way® and its new digital platform NuMi™ by Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem has helped consumers lose weight for more than 40 years by providing quality foods and a nutritionally balanced meal program. Nutrisystem® meal plans feature more than 150 menu options, along with counseling options from trained weight-loss coaches, registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators. Customers are provided further support from the online community, tools, trackers, mobile apps and more. Nutrisystem® plans are consistent with national guidelines for dietary intake meeting targets for fat, sodium, sugar, cholesterol, fiber and physical activity. Additionally, plans can be customized to specific dietary needs and preferences including the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or those at risk for type 2 diabetes. 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. The NuMi multi-platform system and downloadable App can be found at http://www.numi.com. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78185 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78199 SOURCE Nutrisystem, Inc. CONTACT: Robin Shallow, Vice President, Communications, Nutrisystem, Inc., rshallow@numi.com, 215-346-8068; Deanna Every, Public Relations Manager, Nutrisystem, Inc., devery@numi.com, 215-478-1433

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 children in multiple communities in the U.S identified with autism spectrum disorder

    The statistics recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the increase in the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in U.S children (one in 68) are startling to some and disturbing to all of us touched by autism. Within hours of the release, conflicting opinions on the veracity and accuracy of, and meaning behind, these statistics were voiced. Regardless of interpretations, the call to action is clear: 1) renewed emphasis on early diagnosis across all communities, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups; 2) access to treatment at the earliest possible age 3); getting information into the hands of families and caregivers about the most effective treatment options; and 4) increased research to help identify effective treatments for adults with ASD. We must redouble our efforts to educate families and practitioners about autism’s early warning signs and diagnose children at a younger age. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the better the long-term outcome. Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention during the first years of a child’s life can significantly impact his or her long-term prognosis, particularly in the areas of language and social behavior. We must also make information universally available about the most effective evidence-based interventions and create easier, faster, and more affordable access to treatment for every child and family that needs it. But there is more. The National Autism Center (NAC) is preparing to release the results of its latest study. One of its key findings reveals the alarming lack of scientific studies focused on treatments for adults on the autism spectrum. As the groundswell of children with ASD continues to expand, we face an overwhelming number of individuals with autism moving into and through adulthood. Adults with ASD often face daunting challenges as they grapple with transitioning into adulthood, finding appropriate housing and services, securing meaningful work opportunities, and building a life integrated into the broader community. These latest findings by the NAC shed light on another serious barrier – a lack of meaningful research of evidence-based interventions for adults. As if the existing rates of ASD in this country weren’t alarming enough, this new CDC information is a clarion call to expand our efforts as a nation. And these efforts must also include more funding to conduct critical research in order to offer real and meaningful guidance regarding best practices for adults. Each of these things can and does literally impact lifetime outcomes for too many of us. We must do more. SOURCE May Institute CONTACT: Julia Burgess, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, 781.437.1348, jburgess@mayinstitute.org


  • PillPack Launches Service to Reinvent the Retail Pharmacy Experience

    PillPack, the pharmacy that simplifies medication management, has launched in 31 states, with additional states expected throughout 2014. The company has raised $4 million to date from Atlas Venture, Founder Collective, and angel investors.

    “Managing medications is a complicated and stressful chore for people who have multiple prescriptions,” said TJ Parker, PharmD, a second-generation pharmacist and CEO of PillPack. “PillPack is a pharmacy that’s making the end-to-end process both simple and understandable. We’ve used modern technology and a healthy dose of design to reinvent the entire pharmacy experience.”

    PillPack is initially focused on people with the toughest challenge – the 30 million people (one in 10) in the US who take more than five medications every day. PillPack customers receive all their prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins in a two-week roll of individual packs organized by date and time, replacing error-prone pill boxes and manual solutions. PillPack pharmacists are available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide support.

    “PillPack is a breath of fresh air for anyone who has spent endless hours counting pills, coordinating medications and navigating a complex system that causes frequent and often serious errors,” said Fred Destin, a partner with Atlas Venture. “PillPack customers spend less time dealing with medication and more time doing the things they enjoy, all while finding it incredibly simple to consistently take the right medication at the right time.”

    As part of the financing, Destin and David Frankel, a partner with Founder Collective, joined the PillPack board. Other notable investors include IDEO, TechStars, Zen Chu, Sridhar Iyengar, Lucy McQuilken, Andy Palmer, David Tisch, and Walter Winshall.


  • Does More Stress Equal More Headaches?

    A new study provides evidence for what many people who experience headache have long suspected—having more stress in your life leads to more headaches. The study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

    For the study, 5,159 people age 21 to 71 in the general population were surveyed about their stress levels and headaches four times a year for two years. Participants stated how many headaches they had per month and rated their stress level on a scale of zero to 100.

    A total of 31 percent of the participants had tension-type headache, 14 percent had migraine, 11 percent had migraine combined with tension-type headache and for 17 percent the headache type was not classified. Those with tension-type headache rated their stress at an average of 52 out of 100. For migraine, it was 62 out of 100 and 59 for those with migraine and tension-type headache.

    For each type of headache, an increase in stress was associated with an increase in the number of headaches per month. For those with tension headache, an increase of 10 points on the stress scale was associated with a 6.3-percent increase in the number of headache days per month. For migraine, the number of headache days per month went up by 4.3 percent, and 4 percent for those with migraine and tension headache. The results were adjusted to account for factors that could affect the number of headaches, such as drinking, smoking and frequent use of headache drugs.

    “These results show that this is a problem for everyone who suffers from headaches and emphasize the importance of stress management approaches for people with migraine and those who treat them,” said study author Sara H. Schramm, MD, of University Hospital of University Duisburg-Essen in Germany. “The results add weight to the concept that stress can be a factor contributing to the onset of headache disorders, that it accelerates the progression to chronic headache, exacerbates headache episodes, and that the headache experience itself can serve as a stressor.”

    The study was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    Learn more about headache at www.aan.com/patients.