Nutrisystem Names New Celebrity Spokesperson Plus, Nutrisystem Success Named "Best Convenience" Diet And "Easter Monday" Prompts 25% Spike In Weight Loss Interest

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leader in weight loss with over 40 years of proven effectiveness, has signed a new female celebrity spokesperson and has been named the "Best Convenience" diet by USA TODAY.   The Company also revealed that in addition to "Super Monday" (the day after the final football game of the season), "Easter Monday" is one of the biggest diet decision days of the year.

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Melissa Joan Hart Named New Nutrisystem Brand Ambassador

Nutrisystem announced today Melissa Joan Hart, 36, actress, writer, producer, director, singer and mother of three, as its newest brand ambassador.

Having recently given birth to her third child, the longtime actress has already lost twenty pounds on Nutrisystem.  Hart is best known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–94), the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003) and is currently starring in the ABC Family comedy series Melissa & Joey (2010–present).

"We are thrilled to be helping and working with Melissa," commented Keira Krausz, Nutrisystem's Chief Marketing Officer.  "She mirrors our values and will resonate with our customers as authentic.   Moving forward, you'll see us have an appropriate mix of inspiring celebrities and real life customers who have also enjoyed success.  We think dieters are savvier than ever and really appreciate someone who -- above all else -- is relatable."  

"I love working with Nutrisystem.  The Program is really delivering results for me and I look forward to long term success, staying motivated and helping others do the same," remarked Ms. Hart.

"Easter Monday" One of the Biggest Diet Start Dates

The Company also revealed that the Monday following Easter has historically been one of the biggest diet decision days of the year based on a 25% spike in phone and web inquiries from consumers versus the Monday prior.  According to proprietary Company data, as Americans turn their focus to warmer weather and vacations, the demand for healthy weight loss solutions rises.

"There's no question it's primetime for the diet industry," added Ms. Krausz.  "Consumers who go into the holiday weekend with weight loss momentum need to keep it and those who have resolved to lose weight, but are off-track, feel a heightened sense of urgency.  At Nutrisystem, it's our job to meet you where you are and turbo-charge your efforts."

Nutrisystem Named "Best Convenience" Diet

Nutrisystem was also recently named the "Best Convenience" Diet in The Best Diet & Fitness Tips, a new USA TODAY publication featuring some of the best advice from USA TODAY, Shape and Men's Fitness.

"Convenience is an important factor when it comes to adherence and it's terrific to see notable experts acknowledging our efforts to make Nutrisystem a diet that uniquely recognizes the importance of a delivering a plan that fits within the busy lives we all lead and drives real weight loss results," commented Meghan Nichols, R.D., a registered dietitian and member of Nutrisystem's Research & Development team.

To find out more information about Nutrisystem and to order today, visit http://www.nutrisystem.com/success4u or call 1-888-841-2572.

About Nutrisystem 
Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds over the last 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. 

SOURCE Nutrisystem, Inc.



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