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NutriSystem and Celebrities Team Up to Benefit the American Heart Association

Top Entertainers and Athletes Donate Shirts off Their Back - and Other

Exclusive Stuff - for One-of-a-Kind Online Charity Auction

HORSHAM, Pa., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- After shedding the pounds with NutriSystem, some big names are shedding their shirts and other exclusive items to raise money for the American Heart Association. In connection with Heart Disease Awareness Month and in celebration of the recent launch of NutriSystem Advanced, a new heart healthy program, NutriSystem, Inc. today announced that it is auctioning off an exclusive collection of authentic entertainment and sports memorabilia to benefit the American Heart Association.

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Beginning today, fans will have the opportunity to bid on iconic, nostalgic items that celebrities have donated to NutriSystem in order to raise awareness for heart disease and to connect with their loyal supporters like never before. Further advancing NutriSystem's commitment to heart-health and overall wellness, NutriSystem will donate all proceeds from this auction directly to the American Heart Association. To view auction items and place a bid, visit, which was created for NutriSystem by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide.

Entertainers and athletes who have lost weight on the NutriSystem program have offered items for auction, including:
-- Marie Osmond (lost 40 pounds*) - Autographed porcelain dolls that

commemorate her success on "Dancing With the Stars"

-- Tony Orlando (lost 103 pounds*) - An autographed vintage, custom-made

suit worn during his 1970's performances

-- Tori Spelling (lost 32 pounds*) - Sequined dress and Prada shoes worn

during recent NutriSystem commercial shoot

-- Larry the Cable Guy (lost 50 pounds*) - Sleeveless plaid shirt that

has become his signature item signed with his trademark phrase,

"Git -r- done"

-- Joey Fatone (lost 24 pounds*) - Classic 'NSync memorabilia

-- Dan Marino (lost 22 pounds*) - A collection of autographed, authentic

jerseys from his high school, college and Hall of Fame NFL careers

-- Don Shula (lost 32 pounds*) - NFL football, still in packaging, signed

by the Hall of Fame coach

-- Additional NFL memorabilia signed by entertainers and athletes at this

year's Super Bowl, including LL Cool J, Paula Abdul, Ne-Yo, and Super

Bowl Champions Shannon Sharpe and Jim McMahon

"We are very fortunate to have strong relationships with genuine, selfless, socially-conscious entertainers and athletes, and we can't think of a better way to marshal our resources and raise awareness for a great cause," said Joe M. Redling, President and Chief Operating Officer of NutriSystem. "As demonstrated by our NutriSystem Advanced program, promoting heart-health is one of our top priorities at NutriSystem, and we care deeply about the long-term health and wellness of our consumers. We can't thank these individuals enough for their time and commitment."

NutriSystem Advanced is the company's new breakthrough weight-loss and health and wellness platform -- the first complete weight-loss meal plan to include heart-health protection. Grounded in the latest advances in dietary science, NutriSystem Advanced is a complete program that includes new proprietary ingredient blends to support heart health. New patent-pending technologies aided in the development of heart-healthy, high-satiety enhancements, including the addition of soluble fibers and Omega-3 fatty acids, for the new NutriSystem Advanced offerings. NutriSystem Advanced is available nationwide through and 1-800-321-THIN(R).

About NutriSystem, Inc.:

Founded in 1972, NutriSystem is a leading provider of weight management products and services. The company offers a weight-loss program based on portion-controlled, lower Glycemic Index prepared meals. The program has no membership fees and provides free online and telephone counseling.

*Results not typical.

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