McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, Makers of Splenda(R) Sweetener Products, Encourages Hispanics to Learn...

McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, Makers of Splenda(R) Sweetener Products, Encourages Hispanics to Learn More About Nutrition During ‘National Nutrition Month(R)’

One Month’s Education Can Positively Impact the Whole Year


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Fort Washington, PA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 3, 2006–“La salud es la mayor riqueza.” – Spanish dicho. (Old Spanish saying meaning health is the biggest wealth) In recognition of this March’s “National Nutrition Month(R)”, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, makers of SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products, encourages families to learn more about good nutrition, watch their caloric and sugar intake, and incorporate fitness into their everyday lives. Consider these concerning statistics:

— There are about 127 million overweight adults, 60 million obese adults, and nine million extremely obese adults living in the U.S.(1)

— In comparison to the non-Hispanic White population, overweight and obesity in the U.S. occur at higher rates in the Hispanic population – particularly among Mexican Americans.(2)

— Mexican-American children are more likely to be overweight (22 percent) than Black children (20 percent) and non-Hispanic White children (14 percent).(3)

While these adults and children face changes in their appearance, breathing, and might develop a snoring habit, the more serious health implications include increased risks of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.(4) In fact, about 2.5 million (9.5 percent) of Hispanics aged 20 years old or older have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and Mexican Americans are 1.7 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic Whites of similar age.(5)

“Even families on the go can make staying fit a priority and a family affair,” said Judith C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., a Registered Dietitian and Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Public Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. “Exercising as a family 30 minutes three times a week – doing something fun, like dancing – can make a difference in your health, and it is also a great way to spend quality time together,” added Rodriguez.

“National Nutrition Month(R)” is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA advises that the food and physical activity choices made today – and everyday – affect your health and how you feel today and in the future. Eating right and being physically active are keys to a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and fitness plus it helps control body weight, promotes a feeling of well being and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.(6)

In addition to physical activity, “National Nutrition Month(R)” provides an excellent opportunity for Hispanic moms and grandmothers to re-create some of their traditional time-honored homemade Latino recipes using SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products. Since many Hispanic homes are multi-generational, moms and sometimes grandmothers become the household chefs and purchase the groceries, plan the family menu, and play an integral role in selecting what the family eats while balancing their nutritional needs. Small steps Latinas can take to enhance their families’ nutritional intake include: eating less fattier, bountiful meals; avoiding deep frying and the overuse of salt; and replacing sugar with an alternative such as SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener, that offers fewer calories and carbohydrates and can be used for cooking and baking.

And to underscore its commitment to serve the Hispanic community, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is for the first time partnering with LAHIDAN a Latino and Hispanic American Dietetic Association Networking group. LAHIDAN’s mission is to support member needs while fostering the development and improvement of food, nutrition and health care for Latinos and their families in the United States.

“For those Hispanics with goals of living healthier lifestyles, ‘National Nutrition Month’ is the ideal time to really get started on achieving these goals,” said Maureen Conway, RD, Director, Nutrition Services & Communications, McNeil Nutritionals. She continued, “Balancing their diets properly, and reducing intake of added sugars, fats and calories are all small steps in the right direction.”

SPLENDA(R) Brand offers these quick tips to help Hispanic families live healthier lives:

— Eat moderate portions of a variety of nutrient-rich foods.

— Drink at least eight ounces of water daily and don’t forget, you can also drink non-caloric beverages with sugar substitutes such as SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener.

— Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. When shopping with your children, take the opportunity to teach them how to properly select fruits and vegetables.

— Eat regular meals, and try to maintain a healthy weight.

— Start your day with breakfast, and remember to snack smart.

— Limit watching TV, playing video games, or Internet use to two hours per day, and take breaks to do something physical – jump rope, stretch your legs, walk around, jog in place, etc.

— Take the stairs instead of an elevator whenever possible, and park further from the shopping mall or grocery store during your next shopping outing.

— Include the kids in the weekly menu discussion and decisions.

For more information on SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products or to download SPLENDA(R) Brand recipes, visit http://www.SPLENDA.com.

About March “National Nutrition Month(R)”

“National Nutrition Month(R)” was created in 1973 by the American Dietetic Association, and is celebrated each March to help promote healthful eating and provide consumers with practical nutrition guidance. “National Nutrition Month(R)” reminds consumers that registered dietitians are the most valuable and credible source of timely, science-based food and nutrition information. For more information about National Nutrition Month(R) or to locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at http://www.eatright.org.

About SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener

SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener is made from sugar so it tastes like sugar and consumers have quickly adopted this SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Product as their no calorie sweetener of choice. Last year, it became the nation’s #1 selling branded sweetener in retail outlets. SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener is available in granular form in a 9.7 oz. Baker’s Bag, equivalent in sweetness to 5 lbs. of sugar, which is ideal for cooking and baking, as well as in 1- and 2-lb. sweetness equivalent boxes, and in packets.

About SPLENDA(R) Brand

SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products are marketed by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. SPLENDA(R) Sweetener is used in more than 4,000 products of major food brands worldwide. You can find out more about SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products or get recipes and tips on cooking and baking with the brand by logging on to http://www.SPLENDA.com, or call 1-800-7-SPLENDA (1-800-777-5363) or (1-888-466-8746).

About McNeil Nutritionals

McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is a global marketer of innovative nutritional products. The company’s mission is to give people the ability to actively manage their own health. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, markets SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener, SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend for Baking, SPLENDA(R) Brown Sugar Blend, VIACTIV(R) Calcium Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) Multi-Vitamin Soft Chews, LACTAID(R) Milk and Dietary Supplements, and BENECOL(R) Spreads. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is headquartered in Fort Washington, PA.

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1. Source: American Obesity Association, AOA Fact Sheet, Obesity in the U.S.: http://www.obesity.org/subs/fastfacts/obesity_US.shtml

2. Source: American Obesity Association, AOA Fact Sheet, Obesity in Minority Populations: http://www.obesity.org/subs/fastfacts/Obesity_Minority_Pop.shtml

3. Source: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Obesity Still a Major Problem, New Data Show: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/04facts/obesity.htm

4. Source: Obesity in America, Identifying Other Complications, http://www.obesityinamerica.org/complications.html

5. Source: National Diabetes Education Foundation, The Diabetes Epidemic Among Hispanic and Latino Americans http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/pubs/FS_HispLatino_Eng.pdf

6. Source: American Dietetic Association, National Nutritional Month(R) Press Release, American Dietetic Association Urges Everyone to Celebrate National Nutrition Month(R) and Step Up to Nutrition and Health, http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/media_8031_ENU_HTML.htm

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McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, Makers of Splenda(R) Sweetener Products, Encourages Hispanics to Learn More About Nutrition During ‘National Nutrition Month(R)’