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NUTRI/SYSTEM TAKES LEAD ON FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION CONSENT DECREE

 BLUE BELL, Pa., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutri/System, Inc., today announced that it has signed a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent decree on advertising practices in the weight loss industry.
 The Blue Bell-based company delivered a signed copy of the FTC staff's proposed agreement to the FTC today. The agreement must still be approved by the full commission, who can change the staff's proposal.
 Michael Heisley, Nutri/System's chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Our clients must be confident that they are receiving the best services and information possible from Nutri/System and the other companies in our industry. This agreement provides further assurance and will enhance the consumers' ability to benefit from our program."
 Heisley noted, "Nutri/System has been in discussions with the FTC on advertising standards since 1990 and has actually been in compliance in all major areas with the terms of the consent decree for more than a year."
 FTC consent decrees were presented to four other companies, including Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Diet Centers and Physician's Weight Loss Centers. On March 25, 1993, the FTC denied a joint petition by the five weight loss companies to impose industry-wide advertising standards, opting instead to pursue individual consent decrees with each company.
 Heisley said, "Nutri/System's leadership on this issue is a challenge to the whole industry to concentrate on meeting the weight loss and health needs of our customers. I call on the other four companies to sign the consent decrees immediately."
 Heisley added, "We are glad to see this issue nearing resolution. We think the FTC's actions and our agreement with them is a win for consumers."
 Nutri/System and its extensive franchise system have almost 900 weight loss centers located across the country. Nutri/System has over 20 years of experience in the weight loss industry and boasts a comprehensive weight management program that includes real food, eating- behavior modification instruction and light exercise.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Because the consent decree has not received final approval from the FTC commissioners, Nutri/System will have no further comment at this time./
 /CONTACT: Joe DiBartolomeo of Nutri/System, 215-940-3108/


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