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OASIS INTRODUCES P.E.P. TO PITTSBURGH

 OASIS INTRODUCES P.E.P. TO PITTSBURGH
 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh-area older adults


will be among the first in the nation to put P.E.P. into their diets.
 At an Oct. 5 kickoff at Kaufmann's Department Store, the Pittsburgh OASIS organization will launch the new Personal Eating Plan (P.E.P.) program to help people 55 and older improve their eating habits.
 P.E.P. begins Oct. 6, courtesy of a grant from Nabisco Foods Group. The plan offers older adults advice on how to develop a healthful and enjoyable eating style that meets their individual needs.
 "There's a lot of confusion about nutrition for older adults," said Marylen Mann, executive director of OASIS. "People are often told to 'eliminate salt' or 'lower your cholesterol.' This advice is really not for everybody, and many people are not getting the nutrients they need. P.E.P. will help them zero in on their nutritional needs, and make informed choices that meet those needs." Mann continues, "Pittsburgh is fortunate to have so many local corporations and agencies who recognize the lack of proper information and are extending themselves to participate in this pilot project."
 Interested adults can obtain their own Personal Eating Plan beginning Oct. 6 at selected Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Allegheny General Hospital, Jefferson Hospital and OASIS. At each location, OASIS volunteers will staff P.E.P. tables. There is no charge for the program.
 Here's how P.E.P. works:
 -- Participants complete a questionnaire which identifies specific nutritional needs such as higher nutrients, lower calories, lower fat, higher fiber, lower sodium and higher calcium.
 -- They then receive information on healthy eating, as well as suggestions for the specific needs identified in the survey. The materials include a sample meal planner and recipes to help people develop a healthy and enjoyable eating style.
 -- Volunteers will also provide a guide to community resources for individuals who need further information or assistance.
 All of the materials were developed and reviewed by registered dietitians and experts in the specialized nutritional needs of seniors.
 "Older adults have wide-ranging dietary needs, and no single plan works for everyone," said Dr. Karen Morgan, Nabisco's senior director of nutrition and consumer affairs. "Nabisco is proud to join forces with OASIS on this pilot program. We think that P.E.P., with its individualized materials, will empower older Americans to make healthy choices that may improve their overall lifestyles."
 In addition, on Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., cooking demonstrations using the P.E.P. recipes will be conducted by the International Culinary Academy in five Kaufmann's Department Stores: downtown, Century III, Monroeville, Ross Park and South Hills.
 P.E.P. will be piloted in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tucson, Ariz., this fall. Research data will be collected on all participants, and OASIS will conduct follow-up participant surveys to gauge the program's effectiveness.
 OASIS is a national educational organization designed to challenge and enrich the lives of active people over 55. OASIS serves this growing segment of the population by creating opportunities for people to continue to learn and develop, and to maintain healthy, vigorous lifestyles. OASIS, a non-profit organization, in Pittsburgh is sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Aging, supported by Allegheny General Hospital, South Hills Health System and Equitable Gas.
 P.E.P. PERSONAL EATING PLAN
 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 Personal Eating Plan, a nutrition education program for people 55 and older, will be offered by OASIS volunteers in Pittsburgh beginning in October. P.E.P. is designed to help people develop a healthy and enjoyable eating style that meets their individual needs.
 Oct. 5 Kickoff: P.E.P. rally for OASIS members and area
 older adults. Special guests:
 -- Sophie Masloff, mayor of Pittsburgh
 -- Jerry Eccher, Kaufmann's senior vice
 president, sales promotion
 -- Marylen Mann, executive director of OASIS
 -- Cecelia Maher and Dick Hadley, Nabisco
 -- Mike Monaco, Giant Eagle
 -- Tom O'Shea, Department of Aging
 Time: 11 a.m.
 Place: Kaufmann's 11th floor auditorium
 Oct. 6 P.E.P. begins at Giant Eagle Supermarkets, where
 volunteers provide P.E.P. screening and information
 at the following Giant Eagle stores:
 Oct. 6-9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 6320 Shakespeare St., Pittsburgh
 Route 19 Center Ave., West View
 William Flynn Highway, Glenshaw
 2021 Wharton Ave., South Side
 Murray & Loretta, Squirrel Hill
 254 Yost Blvd., Braddock Hills
 1705 Braddock Ave., Edgewood
 Waterworks Mall, Fox Chapel
 Oct. 13-16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Brighton and Bascom, Pittsburgh
 Parkway Center, Greentree
 Rodi Road, Penn Hills
 Route 50, Bridgeville
 Route 30, North Versailles
 Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 Students representing the International Culinary
 Academy will be preparing tasty treats from the Nabisco
 kitchen for the P.E.P. program in five Kaufmann's
 stores -- downtown, Century III, Monroeville, Ross Park
 and South Hills. OASIS volunteers will also provide
 P.E.P. screening and information.
 The questionnaire will also be available at Allegheny General Hospital and South Hills Health System.
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 /CONTACT: Anita Lopatin of OASIS, 412-232-9583/ CO: Kaufmann's Department Store; OASIS ST: Pennsylvania IN: REA HEA SU:


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