San Clemente, CA (February 4, 2008)—Metagenics, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of science-based medical foods and nutraceuticals sold through healthcare practitioners, announced it has launched its 2008 FirstLine Therapy®: <http://www.metagenics.com/flt/patient_flt.asp> Seminars aimed at teaching healthcare providers how to successfully implement a therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC) program. The Seminars are taking place in 11 major cities throughout the United States and Canada.
Leading health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend therapeutic lifestyle changes such as healthier diets and moderate exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. TLC programs have been shown to be clinically effective in the prevention, management, and even reversal of such widespread chronic illnesses as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.
“Waiting rooms are full of patients with lifestyle-related chronic conditions,” said Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, Metagenics Chief Science Officer. “Yet, most healthcare providers still don’t counsel their patients on TLC. Time constraints, financial pressures, or the lack of appropriate tools or training get in the way. FirstLine Therapy was designed to address these issues, making it a TLC system that is both clinically effective and financially rewarding.”
Seminar attendees will learn how to:
* Use FirstLine Therapy tools and materials to evaluate and educate patients
* Build and expand existing health knowledge and coaching skills
* Integrate TLC counseling for long-term health into clinical practice
* Teach healthy eating plans that can produce quick results and lifelong success
* Implement tools for screening and tracking progress
* Create a productive office, business model, and financial structure
* Promote FirstLine Therapy in the community to attract new patients
For the FirstLine Therapy or any TLC program to be effective, key staff members need to be involved. Hence, various levels of certification are available for doctors, allied health professionals, program coordinators, and lifestyle educators.
For further details and a complete schedule including dates and locations, please visit www.metagenics.com/seminars .
To arrange an interview with Dr. Bland, please contact Josie Lorenzo at 949-369-3406 or [email protected]: <mailto:[email protected]> .
About Metagenics, Inc.
Metagenics is a life sciences company and leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade, science-based medical foods and nutraceuticals sold to healthcare practitioners worldwide. For more than 25 years, Metagenics has been a leader in quality, scientific discovery, and innovation, with multiple proprietary formula patents and more than 400 research-based products to optimize health. The company is headquartered in San Clemente, CA, with manufacturing and research facilities located in Gig Harbor, WA, including the MetaProteomics® Nutrigenomics Research Center and the Functional Medicine Research CenterSM for human clinical research. For more information, please visit www.metagenics.com .