(SAN DIEGO, CA - February 11, 2008) - CalorieKing, America's leading provider of calorie-centric education tools for food awareness, today launched a fundraising program to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. CalorieKing also released the latest version of its online CalorieKing Club at www.calorieking.com. CalorieKing products help people learn to manage their weight and educate the public about healthy eating, and food choices that can lead to the delay or prevention of diabetes.
CalorieKing is a nationally recognized resource for food education and awareness. The CalorieKing® Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter, released as a new edition each year, is a perennial member of USA Today's Best-Selling Books - Top 150 list, and each month, visitors to www.calorieking.com perform millions of food searches for free. For the first time, these online visitors will have an opportunity to help fund research on diabetes, the healthcare epidemic of our time.
The CalorieKing and Joslin "Shop. Click. Cure." online promotion will run through April 2008, and as visitors to the CalorieKing Web site move through the payment process for their purchases, they will be invited to donate from to to Joslin's High Hopes Fund™, which raises money for diabetes research and clinical care. More than 21 million Americans have diabetes, and nearly one third of them don't know they have it. Diabetes causes a wide range of devastating complications, from heart disease and stroke, to blindness, kidney disease and amputations.
"This exciting on-line promotion gives CalorieKing customers who want to make a difference in the fight against diabetes an easy way to donate to the world leader in diabetes research, care and education," said Michael Sullivan, Joslin's Senior Vice President, Development. "The proceeds will be instrumental in funding important research for the prevention and cure of diabetes."
"Teaming up with Joslin Diabetes Center is a win-win for people who use the resources and tools CalorieKing has to offer," said Keith McGuinness, President of CalorieKing. "They continue to get the most thorough information about food and nutrition, plus they can be assured that the education materials and nutrition information have been reviewed by Joslin."
Joslin Diabetes Center has reviewed the educational and nutritional information provided by the CalorieKing Club (www.calorieking.com/benefits.php), an online membership community where people can set goals and track progress toward healthier eating, physical activity and weight loss. Amy Campbell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Manager, Clinical Education Programs at Joslin Diabetes Center, found that the information provided meets "the standard principles of safe and sound nutrition." Campbell continued, "CalorieKing is an excellent source of nutrition and food awareness information, and now consumers have at their fingertips resources they need to make smart food choices and reduce their chances of being diagnosed with diabetes."
Joslin experts also reviewed the diabetes section of the 2008 edition of The CalorieKing® Calorie, Fat & Carb Counter and provided additional diabetes-related content to the book. The Carb Counter contains information and tips to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. These enhancements reflect the latest collaboration of Joslin and CalorieKing, a relationship forged last year to help educate the public about diabetes and the importance of nutrition and physical activity in its prevention and treatment. The first step of this campaign provided access to Joslin-authored material through the CalorieKing nutrition toolbar at http://www.calorieking.com/toolbar. The innovative toolbar, which operates like a search engine browser tool but for foods, was previously available only to health plans and employers.
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world's largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Founded in 1898, Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Joslin research is a team of over 300 people at the forefront of discovery aimed at preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin Clinic, affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the nationwide network of Joslin Affiliated Programs, and the hundreds of Joslin educational programs offered each year for clinicians, researchers and patients, enable Joslin to develop, implement and share innovations that immeasurably improve the lives of people with diabetes. As a nonprofit, Joslin benefits from the generosity of donors in advancing its mission. For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit www.joslin.org.
CalorieKing is America's leading provider of calorie-centric education tools for food awareness and is best known for the perennially best-selling book, The Calorie King® Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter, authored by Allan Borushek, dietitian and the company's founder. The online CalorieKing Club includes CalorieKing University, a 12-week online course that leads members to understand how they are personally affected by calories-in and calories-out, an understanding that is essential to lifelong weight management. The continually updated CalorieKing food database of more than 50,000 generic, brand-name, and fast-food items, is searched free millions of times monthly by visitors to www.calorieking.com. The food database and other CalorieKing content and tools have set the bar for programs seeking to reconcile short-term weight loss to lifelong weight control. For more information call (619) 741-5295 or visit www.calorieking.com.
While Joslin may recommend educational content that its staff has reviewed, Joslin does not endorse specific commercial products and makes no representation as to their effectiveness in diabetes management or prevention.