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Jenny Craig Joins CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program

Named a Top Diet in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Diets Rankings

Carlsbad, Calif. (April 7, 2016) –Jenny Craig, a leader in the weight loss industry, announced today it has joined hands with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help people living with prediabetes reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Additionally, for the 6th consecutive year, Jenny Craig was named a top diet program by U.S. News & World Report, earning recognition in several categories including weight loss, ease of compliance, and ability to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Prediabetes is a serious medical condition that can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as diabetes-related conditions such as heart disease and stroke. With changes in diet and increased physical activity though, prediabetes can be reversed. Research shows that participation in a year-long, structured lifestyle change program reduced the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent among adults with prediabetes, and by 71 percent among those aged 60 years or older with prediabetes.1

CDC Partnership

Jenny Craig recently received recognition as a provider of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). Based on the findings of the National Institutes of Health-funded Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, the National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program intended to prevent type 2 diabetes.

“Eighty-six million American adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they have it. 2 The good news is by losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight, many people with prediabetes can avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes,” 1 said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “We’re excited that Jenny Craig has joined the National Diabetes Prevention Program and can now offer their members this proven program to help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.”

For those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Jenny Craig also offers their Jenny Craig for Type 2 menu, which is clinically proven to help members lose three times more weight than those receiving usual care. Members receive the same high-quality Jenny Craig experience with a one-on-one personal consultant who helps them customize their Type 2 menu from more than 80 delicious items. Without having to count, track or worry over every meal, members can lose weight with Jenny Craig and focus on managing type 2 diabetes while improving their overall health.

“Type 2 diabetes is costly for individuals, employers, the government and the emotional cost of managing diabetes is tangible,” said Monty Sharma, CEO and president of Jenny Craig. “Jenny Craig is honored to be working with the CDC to provide our proven and effective weight loss solution to members to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and help them live healthier lives.”

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

In addition, Jenny Craig was named a top diet program for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report for the 6th consecutive year. The program ranked as the 3rd “Best Weight-Loss Diet” overall and received recognition in several categories, including “Easiest Diets to Follow,” “Best Diets for Healthy Eating,” “Best Diabetes Diets” and “Best Heart-Healthy Diets.” The U.S. News rankings are determined by a panel of nationally recognized health experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease. The experts reviewed information on 38 diet plans, scoring each in seven categories: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, ease of compliance, nutritional completeness, health risks and ability to prevent or manage diabetes and heart disease. You can learn more about the methodology here.

The Jenny Craig program is designed to teach members how to achieve healthy weight loss and weight maintenance by incorporating structured, nutritionally-balanced menus, physical activity and behavioral counseling delivered through weekly one-on-one consultations with a personal consultant. Members will learn how to eat healthy, get active and lose weight to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Based on the CDC standards, members will focus on two goals to reduce diabetes risk: losing at least 5% of weight through healthier eating, and building up to 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program, please visit our site here and learn how you can sign up.

About Jenny Craig:

Jenny Craig is a clinically proven and leading weight loss program designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss and maintenance, focusing on food, body and mind. Jenny Craig’s award-winning, nutritionally-balanced menus include nearly 100 menu items, including entrees, desserts and snacks developed by Registered Dietitians, nutritionists and culinary experts. Every member is paired with a dedicated consultant who provides them with one-on-one support to identify their challenges and goals, and helps them to create personalized weekly meal and activity plans. Consultants teach behavioral skills, portion control and long term healthy eating habits. Jenny Craig’s comprehensive approach to weight loss is available to members in person or by phone with Jenny Craig Anywhere. Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, Calif., is one of the world's largest weight loss and weight management companies, with approximately 600 company-owned and franchised centers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico with approximately 2,500 consultants worldwide.

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1 Knowler WC, Barrett-Conner E, Fowler SE, et al.; Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med 2002; 346:393–403.

2 Albright A, Gregg EW. Preventing type 2 diabetes in communities across the US: the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Am J Prev Med 2013; 44(4):S346-S351.

Diabetes Care 2014; 37:1573-80. Doi: 10.2337/dc13-2900