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NutriSystem, Inc. Joins Forces with WomenHeart to Fight Heart Disease
Date:1/14/2009

NutriSystem(R) Heart Healthy Weight Loss Program Helped Americans Lose Over Nine Million Pounds in 2008

HORSHAM, Pa., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- NutriSystem announced today a partnership with WomenHeart, the nation's only national organization solely dedicated to promoting women's heart health, and providing a place to turn for women living with or at risk of heart disease. The link between weight and heart disease is clear: being mildly overweight can increase the risk of a heart attack dramatically for women. In fact, in women who are approximately 30 percent or more over their ideal weight, 70 percent of all heart attacks could be traced to obesity*.

The rise and risk of heart disease in women is startling: nearly one-third (27.2 percent) of all female deaths each year are from heart disease and the majority of Americans that die from congestive heart failure are women - more than 30,000 each year. In the face of these frightening facts, WomenHeart is dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their heart health and believes that partnering with NutriSystem is a step in the right direction towards reducing heart disease risk factors in women.

"One of the many reasons that we chose to partner with NutriSystem is that the program places a premium on heart health because it is low in fat, cholesterol, saturated fats, sodium, cholesterol and high in beneficial Omega-3s," said Lisa M. Tate, Chief Executive Officer, WomenHeart. "We are thrilled to be partnering with NutriSystem, a company that is continually concentrating on refining their program and focusing on heart healthy foods. Together we will be able to reach millions of women with heart healthy messages and educational information."

"We partnered with WomenHeart to help raise awareness about the effects that being overweight has on overall hearth health, especially since it is one of the top five heart disease risk factors. Th
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