SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Basket, the leading healthy eating platform, today announced the formation of a health advisory board as part of its mission to catalyze the food-as-medicine movement. Importantly, the company seeks to help Americans, including those most at risk, to significantly improve their lives through healthy eating. The board, led by Sun Basket's Chief Science Adviser, James Beard Journalism Award nominee Dr. David Katz, consists of some of America's top thought leaders in the health and wellness space.
With over 50% Americans at risk for chronic diseases, the US is facing a grave health crisis. The good news is that over 80% of these diseases are preventable through healthy eating. With the creation of Sun Basket's Health Advisory Board, Sun Basket has assembled leading health experts to help confront this epidemic by using food as medicine and by partnering with leading health organizations. The goal of the Health Advisory Board is to help Sun Basket as it strives to develop healthy meal plans designed to address the three major health challenges where nutrition matters: diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, which together impact over 100M people.
"Sun Basket is committed to advancing the proposition of food as medicine, a timely and important response to prevailing imperatives of public health," said Dr. David Katz, Chief Health Adviser. "This multidisciplinary group of leading health experts reflects that commitment and will provide expert guidance to help maximize the good Sun Basket can do as the platform evolves. I am very proud to work alongside these colleagues."
Sun Basket's Health Advisory Board led by Dr. Katz will help set Sun Basket's healthy eating standards. The board will also advise Sun Basket on the development of scientific trials to measure how eating a healthy diet, including Sun Basket meals, can have a major impact on prevention of chronic disease states, which will improve America's well-being and help to reduce out-of-control health care costs. Importantly, Sun Basket is already in trials with some of the largest health insurers and has partnerships with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society
"As the son of a cancer researcher at NIH, I have always been aware of the power of diet and lifestyle in preventing chronic disease," said Adam Zbar, CEO and Co-Founder of Sun Basket. "Personally, I lost 50 pounds by changing my diet, which changed my life. I went from having all my vitals going in the wrong direction to feeling lighter and full of energy. I started Sun Basket to make healthy, delicious eating easy. I'm thrilled to partner with leading minds in health and wellness to help bring the best, healthiest food to more and more people every day."
The advisory board is comprised of the following members:
David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, was recently announced as Sun Basket's Chief Science Adviser. He is the founding director of Yale University's Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/President of the True Health Initiative. He is the author of 16 books, including his most recent title, The Truth About Food.
Michael Roizen,MD is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position in a major healthcare institution in the United States, and also served as founding Chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic from 2007 to 2017, during which time Roizen's research demonstrated via a 100,000+ participant trial that healthcare costs can be reduced through lifestyle changes. He has written four #1 New York Times best-selling wellness books, including his first book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?
JoAnn Elisabeth Manson, MD is the leading researcher for two of the largest women's health projects in the United States, the Harvard Nurses' Health Study, and the National Institute of Health's Women's Health Initiative, helping to change federal regulation to mandate the inclusion of women in all research studies. She co-authored The 30-Minute Fitness Solution: A Four-Step Plan for Women of All Ages, and often uses her prescription pad to write up an exercise regime for a patient instead of a course of pills. In 1997 she was honored by American Health for Women magazine at a ceremony for their "Ten Heroes in Women's Health."
Mike Parkinson, MD is the Senior Medical Director overseeing employer health and productivity strategies for UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners. He is also Principal of P3 Health (Prevention, Performance, Productivity) engaging employers and organizations to increase value in health and health care. As associate director of medical programs and resources in the Office of the Surgeon General, he was responsible for policy and planning for over 2 million beneficiaries, 70 facilities and a $4 billion budget, establishing him as an authority on health economics.
Robert E. Graham, MD is the founder of FRESH Med NYC, an integrative health practice that combines the best of conventional medicine including diagnostic testing tools and technologies, as well as clinical nutrition, functional medicine, health coaching, and complementary therapies. When not seeing patients, he trades his white lab coat for chef's whites with the goal of expanding his toolkit as an advocate for a new model of integrative, "food-first" lifestyle-focused healthcare called Culinary Medicine.
Linda Snetselaar, MD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, and Director of the Nutrition Center at the University of Iowa. Dr. Snetselaar has helped to establish the University of Iowa as a leader in addressing important community-based health concerns, including childhood obesity and women's health. Her research interests include the relationships between diet and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and renal disease. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was selected by the USDA as one of 20 scientists to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and has received many honors including the Women's Health Initiative Achievement Award for her work in the Women's Health Initiative Study.
Erik Finkelstein, MD is a Research Professor in the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and Deputy Director and Professor in the Health Services Research Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Dr. Finkelstein's expertise is in health economics, obesity, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He has been the leader of several projects for the research benefit of public and private sector agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About Sun Basket Founded in San Francisco in 2014 by Webby-winner Adam Zbar and Chef Justine Kelly, former Head Chef at the Slanted Door, a James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Sun Basket is the essential everyday personalized eating platform that delivers the best pre-measured, organic produce, clean ingredients, and easy-to-cook, delicious recipes weekly to your door. Sun Basket saves busy people the time of planning and shopping so they can eat their kind of healthy and feel nourished from the inside out. Personalized for your lifestyle and diet, Sun Basket provides globally inspired recipes in meal plans including Chef's Choice, Paleo, Lean & Clean, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Diabetes-Friendly, Quick & Easy, and Carb-Conscious meal plans. Based in San Francisco, Sun Basket is backed by top-tier venture capitalists. Dr. David Katz serves as Chief Science Adviser. For more information, please visit https://sunbasket.com or find the brand on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.