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WOMEN CAN NOW TAKE A PROACTIVE STANCE AGAINST HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MENOPAUSE

 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Going through menopause may be a universal experience for women but -- beginning in 1994 -- falling victim to the sharply increased risk for disease associated with it no longer has to be.
 Diet Center, Inc. announced today that it has designed the industry's first lifestyle-change program that recognizes and meets the unique health needs of women. The program, called WomanStyle (TM), uses nutrition, exercise and behavior management to help women prevent and manage the risk factors associated with heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis -- an increased incidence of which is characteristic of the menopausal years.
 During menopause, the hormones that regulate a woman's cholesterol levels and protect bones taper off, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. And, with age, a woman's risk for breast cancer elevates and maintaining weight becomes increasingly difficult, according to Ida Laquatra, Ph.D., R.D., of Diet Center Inc., who conceived the program to address these issues.
 "Women may be living longer but, by the time they reach 45, their odds of developing a disease that can seriously impede their quality of life has really gone up," says Laquatra.
 But, according to Laquatra, 27 percent of all women and 50 percent of women age 55 to 74 exhibit risk factors -- including overweight, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure -- that respond to nutrition and lifestyle intervention like WomanStyle provides.
 The program also helps women gain control over physiological changes menopause brings on, including lean tissue loss, decreased metabolic rate and weight gain; digestion problems; blood sugar alterations; and an increase in urinary tract infections.
 "For an area of women's health that affects 100 percent of all women, until now, there has been a void of information to help women deal with menopause proactively," adds Laquatra.
 Key to the health benefits the program provides, WomanStyle caps cholesterol intake at about 70 percent less than the national recommendation. The program achieves its very low-cholesterol feature by cutting down on animal protein servings, incorporating a protein group of legumes (dry beans, peas and lentils), excluding egg yolks and allowing animal protein from lean sources only.
 WomanStyle also mandates consistent exercise and encourages a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training for maximum health benefits. And it helps women develop an eating style low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and caffeine, and high in fiber, calcium and fluid.
 Consumers can receive free literature on women's health, reducing fat and cholesterol in their diet and the WomanStyle program by calling 800-333-2581. WomanStyle will be available at Diet Center locations beginning in early 1994.
 WomanStyle is an individualized, counseling-based approach. Diet Center, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is one of the largest franchisors of commercial weight-management programs in North America.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To interview Laquatra or receive information on cooking with legumes, call contact./
 /CONTACT: Melissa Harrell of Diet Center, 412-338-8700/


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