FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leader in weight loss with more than 40 years of proven effectiveness, announced today that in order to meet growing consumer demand for its Nutrisystem® D® 5-Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, the company has ramped up production and will offer its product in 3,700 Walmart stores by the end of June. Nutrisystem is a national strategic partner of the American Diabetes Association and the Nutrisystem® D® plan meets the nutritional guidelines of the American Diabetes Association**.
This new retail program for the Nutrisystem D weight loss kit and its expansion marks important progress in Nutrisystem's overall turnaround plan, led by Chief Executive Officer Dawn Zier, who joined the Company in late 2012. Nutrisystem D 5-day kits were first made available at retail earlier this year in 2,000 Walmart stores, making a renowned diet with proven benefits even more accessible to Americans nationwide.
"A key element of our turnaround plan is to put a renewed focus on product and program innovation. Our Jumpstart kits embody this mandate and we're pleased the kits are resonating with consumers," said Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem's Chief Executive Officer. "We're thrilled to offer our products at the world's largest retailer and we applaud Walmart for all they're doing to help their customers live healthier lives."
According to the most recent CDC National Diabetes Fact Sheet, on average, there is a new case of diabetes diagnosed in the U.S. every 17 seconds. Another 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, meaning they are at high risk for developing the disease, which kills more Americans than breast cancer and HIV combined, and is a major driver of preventable healthcare costs.
"Consumers coping with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are turning to Nutrisystem year-round as a practical solution for managing their weight, which is so important for blood glucose levels and overall well-being," noted Zier.
Nutrisystem D Kits at Walmart Product Description The Nutrisystem D complete program, combined with counseling, is clinically proven and was developed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes who want to lose weight. It is a low glycemic diet (Low GI) based on more than 40 years of research. With six eating occasions a day, it is designed to help keep blood glucose levels stable and to prevent appetite spikes.
VALUE: At $44.98, the Nutrisystem D kit is an economical option for consumers looking to make the most of their weekly grocery budget.
WHAT'S IN THE KIT: The kit includes five breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. Nutrisystem® foods are intended to be combined with fresh grocery additions such as low fat yogurt, salad, fruit and vegetables. A free sample meal planner and grocery shopping guide is included with all kits.
COMPLIMENTARY COUNSELING BY PROFESSIONALS: Purchase of a kit also includes unlimited access to Nutrisystem's Certified Diabetes Educators, registered dietitians and weight loss counselors.
ONLINE TRACKERS: Consumers can also take advantage of free online trackers to track glucose levels, fitness, food, weight, water and more.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit nutrisystem.com/walmart or call 1-877-643-THIN
**American Diabetes Association: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2012 (Position Statement). Diabetes Care 35 (suppl.1): S11-S63.
About Nutrisystem Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds for over 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 or at risk for type 2 diabetes. 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, including the Nutrisystem© D© program, are available directly to consumers through www.nutrisystem.com, by phone (1-800-435-4074) and at select retailers.
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