COSTA MESA, CA – January 26, 2005:- CalorieKing®, owned by Family Health Network, the leading provider of calorie-centered information to U.S. consumers and dietitians, best-known for the perennial best-selling book, The Doctor's Pocket Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter, will provide the food database for leading insulin pump manufacturer, Animas Corporation (NASDAQ: PUMP). The new Animas IR 1250 Insulin Infusion Pump is the first insulin pump to store an extensive food database. Intensive management of diabetes requires that diabetics administer insulin to compensate for carbohydrates ingested. Incorporation of the CalorieKing® food database reduces patient's guesswork when counting carbohydrates, allowing for more accurate dosing of insulin.
"Many people with diabetes struggle with carbohydrate counting, and either find it very time-consuming or do a less-than-accurate job with it. Having an extensive food database incorporated in our pump is an important step forward in pump therapy," said Dr. Katherine Crothall, President and CEO of Animas Corporation.
The CalorieKing® brand is well respected by U.S. dietitians and well known to U.S. consumers through sales of more than 10 million books since 1988. CalorieKing® currently offers nutrition and exercise management software for Palm and other handheld devices, PC and Mac desktops.
"CalorieKing is honored to have been chosen to provide diabetes patients with a more effective way to manage their insulin dosage through our alliance with Animas Corporation," Pat Fiducia, Vice President Marketing said.
More than a million people per month visit www.CalorieKing.com where they may subscribe to the CalorieKing Club to create custom meal plans and shopping lists and enroll in CalorieKing University, a 13 week online course that teaches about calories-in and calories-out, a prerequisite to lifelong weight management. Visitors are also welcome to search the continually updated CalorieKing food database of more than 40,000 food products including food offered by fast-food restaurants, and an extensive health and diet library, or signup for a free newsletter with food product updates.