FastPencil PREMIERE Announces "The Social Network Diet" by Miriam Nelson and Jennifer Ackerman

Best-Selling Author Hopes to Inspire Healthy Living Choices Through New Book and the Network Effect

Oct 18, 2011, 10:13 ET from FastPencil

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FastPencil announced today its publication of "The Social Network Diet: Change Yourself, Change the World," by New York Times best-selling author Dr. Miriam Nelson and Jennifer Ackerman. The book, published with its selective imprint, FastPencil PREMIERE, is now available in print and digital formats in major bookstores and online.

"The Social Network Diet" helps readers make healthy changes in their lives by improving their environment – and in so doing, transforming the world. The book is not a classic diet book or an exercise manual, and is unlike any other nutrition and physical activity plan out there. Instead, it is a practical guide, rooted in new research, on how to make lasting, positive change in life by creating a supportive social network and a favorable food and physical activity environment.

"If social networks can change governments in the Middle East, why can't we use them to improve health at home? The reality is that America is at a crossroads," said Miriam Nelson. "More than 67 percent of U.S. residents are either overweight or obese, and with that our nation is facing a problem of epidemic proportions, diminishing the quality of life for all. This is an urgent issue that requires a creative, collective approach. The goal of 'The Social Network Diet' is to help readers make healthy changes in their lives and in the lives of the people around them. It aims to produce a ripple effect where the idea starts with an individual and is passed along from person to person until we create an environment that promotes health for all."

In conjunction with the book release, Nelson has embarked on the StrongWomen Across America tour, where she is addressing the issue of obesity head-on as she travels from September through November 2011 to eight cities across the country with the goal of improving food and physical activity across the nation. For more information on the tour please visit (

Nelson is the director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention and a professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is also the founder and director of the StrongWomen Initiative, a community nutrition and physical activity program available in 40 states that is designed for women. Her StrongWomen international best-selling book series includes nine titles that have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Ackerman has written many books on health, including "Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Uncommon Cold," "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body," and "Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity." She is also the co-author with Nelson of a book on women's health, "The Strong Women's Guide to Total Health."

Ackerman is a contributor to many top-tier publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic and Scientific American. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2004 NEA Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them "The Penguin Book of the Ocean," "Best American Science Writing," "The Nature Reader" and "Best Nature Writing."

"FastPencil instantly jumped on the opportunity to publish 'The Social Network Diet' when we learned of the book idea," said Steve Wilson, FastPencil co-founder and CEO. "Our nation is facing a health epidemic, and Miriam and Jennifer can really inspire people to change their current mindset."

Nelson and Ackerman are part of a growing number of best-selling authors signing with FastPencil PREMIERE for its proprietary partnerships in technology and distribution, speed to press, wider market reach, higher author royalties and greater transparency throughout the publishing process.

Pricing & Availability

"The Social Network Diet" is now available for $12.95 – as well as in e-book format for $7.99 – at FastPencil ( and at Barnes and Noble and other major bookstores as well as online retailers such as Amazon.

About FastPencil

FastPencil is leveraging innovative digital-publishing, social media, print-on-demand and e-book distribution technologies to deliver next-generation publishing, offering authors simplicity, more control, speed to market and higher margins. enables authors to create books online, collaborate, publish and distribute from one engaging, simple, cost-effective solution. Beyond publishing tools and services, FastPencil also maintains a world-class, publishing imprint, FastPencil PREMIERE, an exclusive line of general interest titles that provides top-tier and best-selling authors all the benefits of FastPencil's services to produce and publish the best of the best in book content.

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