- October 2012 - Jenny Craig Targets new customers
This October, leading weight management lifestyle brand Jenny Craig has expanded its retail offering with the launch of the company’s first ‘store-in-a-store’ concept at Target in Westfield Doncaster.
In a world first for Jenny Craig, the opening of a full service centre inside Target Doncaster will allow Jenny customers, especially busy mothers, to access healthy living weight loss programs in a more convenient way.
Jenny’s philosophy is based on realistic and practical solutions and this concept store addresses the core need that mums need easy solutions that fit in with their lifestyle.
As a busy mum, I am more than familiar with multi-tasking. Now we can offer mums a way to shop and get healthy at the same time” said Amy Smith, Managing Director for Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand. “It’s the full delivered Jenny experience, how and where you want it.”
The Jenny store-in-a-store will offer customers the convenience of seeing their personal consultant as well as picking up their Jenny food during their weekly shopping experience, and is a natural fit with the Target brand.
As an iconic Australian mid-tier retailer Target is renowned for delivering customers great style, quality and value, as well as a great shopping experience.
“We love the idea of adding value by bringing choice and convenience to our customers and partnering with a company that is all about making people feel good. We have a very similar philosophy after all,” said Target Managing Director Dene Rogers.
Complete with interactive plasma screens the 46m2 centre’s designs incorporate the new Jenny Craig branding, launched earlier this year, and deliver a refreshed, contemporary space like no other in the company’s 29-year history since being founded in Melbourne in 1983.
- Jenny Craig was founded by Sid and Jenny Craig in Melbourne in 1983. Today it is one of the world’s leading weight loss companies.
- Jenny’s consultants focus on individual needs, issues and challenges. Each weekly one-on-one consultation helps clients find solutions to any weight loss challenges and offers unrivalled support.
- Jenny is a fully integrated program that helps clients learn to manage their weight by focusing on self-awareness, nutrition, physical activity and gradual behaviour change, without deprivation. We inspire people to have a passion and respect for their own health and wellbeing.
- Reports say 275 Australians develop type 2 diabetes every day and it is estimated that by 2025 it will triple in prevalence, affecting three million Australians. The most alarming prediction is that one in three of today’s young Australians will develop type 2 diabetes. Essentially this disease is preventable through healthy diet and exercise. It’s Jenny’s mission to prevent this through education, knowledge and support.
- Target Australia is a mid-tier retailer renowned for delivering great quality and great value apparel and homewares to customers. There are now more than 300 Target and Target Country stores conveniently located across metropolitan and regional Australia, an online store, and more than 24,000 team members.
- Target provides stylish and quality wardrobe essentials as well as seasonal new looks. Quality, style, and a great customer experience are very important to Target as part of providing great value to Australian consumers.
- For more information about Target Australia please visit www.target.com.au
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For further information please contact:
Jenny Craig Australia & New Zealand
Suzy Wilson, PR Manager - mobile: 0431 177 441
Megan Lane, Corporate Affairs Manager - phone 03 5246 3444 or mobile 0417 408 206
- June 2012 - Dame Edna & Barry: Adding Years By Losing Kilos
Hello possums! I’m just over halfway and starting to adore what I see!
National Treasure Dame Edna Everage and her manager Barry Humphries are more than halfway to their goal weight, both shedding an impressive eight kilograms with Jenny Craig.
Twelve weeks ago, Edna and Barry decided to get serious about their health and turned to Jenny to help reach their goal of losing 15 kilos each.
Edna is feeling like a new woman – so much so that she’s even reconsidering her upcoming retirement!
“I feel like I’ve been given ten more years of life! In fact I’m feeling so well, that after this farewell tour I might do a lot more shows,” Dame Edna said.
In the past, Edna’s unhealthy eating habits had sadly limited her wardrobe for the farewell tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh - but now, thanks to Jenny, the Dame has dropped a dress size and can fit into more of her breathtaking frocks and meet the high physical demands of the tour.
“I’m starting to adore what I see…the other day I could fit into a dress that I haven’t worn for years - I actually couldn’t believe it!
“My food habits are changing, but the best thing is I’m not depriving myself of the culinary delights I’m used to – Jenny’s food is positively scrumptious!” she said.
Like all Jenny clients, Edna meets with a weight loss consultant weekly to keep her on track and guide her through the weight loss journey.
“Every week I meet with my consultant who helps me plan for my week ahead. She’s a lovely lady and very helpful… I want to keep her when I’m done with the program!” Edna said.
Barry Humphries initially joined the program to support Edna, but since losing eight kilos he has started to realise the added bonuses that come with weight loss.
“I no longer need my afternoon sleep! My clothes fit – in fact they’re a bit looser now. I feel better when I wake up and simple things like moving around are noticeably easier.
I’m also feeling a bit more attractive to myself…I’ve always had a love affair with myself, but it’s deepened since losing 8 kilos with Jenny Craig,” Mr Humphries said.Amy Smith, Managing Director of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand is excited about the weight loss success of the company’s ambassadors and their new-found lease on life.
“Dame Edna is an absolute legend and we want her to be around forever. With her dedication and the Jenny program by her side, we’ll see a slimmer and healthier national icon become larger than life,” said Ms Smith.
Watch Dame Edna talks about her weight loss
Watch Barry Humphries talks about his weight loss
Join the “Edna Forever” social movement on Facebook. Users can commit to making a healthy change in their life, and in the process can “Gigastar” themselves adding the Dame’s famous glasses and headpiece onto existing Facebook photos.
For further information please contact:
Suzy Wilson, PR Manager Jenny Craig
03 9945 0510 or 0431 177 441
- May 2012 - LEADING DIETICIAN GIVES MOTHER’S DAY ADVICE: HEALTH IS THE BEST PRESENT YOU CAN GIVE
- Karen Inge: ‘health is the best Mother’s Day gift for new and expecting mothers’
With everyone focused on what to buy their mum for Mother’s Day, one of Australia’s leading accredited and practising dietitians is calling on Australians to think about the bigger picture.
“We all want our mums to live forever – they mean the world to us. The problem is, mum usually puts herself last and this can result in unhealthy eating choices creeping into her daily routine,” said Karen Inge – Jenny Craig Australia & New Zealand dietitian.
“Rather than getting mum a token gift, family members could cook a healthy breakfast in bed, or arrange a brisk walk through the botanical gardens, or an activity which gets all the family outdoors and active – an important habit for a healthy lifestyle,” said Ms Inge.
“Worryingly, mums can be at risk of weight related illnesses if they don’t take time out to look after themselves.
“Whether you’re a new mum trying to lose the jelly belly or a mum whose kids are a little older, the solution is the same; make wise food choices, eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet and get active. As a mother myself, I understand that it’s not always easy to find the time to look after yourself. We owe it to ourselves and our families to ‘live forever!’”
Research shows that for new mums it’s much harder to lose weight after giving birth than previously thought. This is why new guidelines by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK actually advises health care professionals to discuss weight management for overweight or obese women as early as their postnatal check.
“Women receive a lot of conflicting advice on what makes a healthy diet and how much physical activity they should do during pregnancy and after childbirth. This may create additional pressure on women to lose weight inappropriately at an already stressful time. It’s important to ensure that women at this time have realistic expectations of the rate at which they should lose weight, and to make sure that they give themselves enough time,” she said.
Ms Inge says contrary to popular opinion, breastfeeding mums can safely lose 500 grams a week without negatively affecting the growth of their baby. A weight loss of no more than one kilogram per week is recommended for new mums who choose not to breastfeed.
The Jenny Craig program is the perfect first step for busy mums who are having a hard time gaining control of their weight. The program is not a diet but rather a healthy lifestyle. Every client gets their own coach who they meet weekly, and a tailored eating plan that takes the confusion and hassle out of weight loss.
For further information or to interview Karen Inge, please call Luke Weymark at AC Agency on (02)9365 0007 or email email@example.com
- April 2012 - Jenny Craig Launches New Ambassadors: DAME EDNA & BARRY HUMPHRIES!
National Treasure, Dame Edna Everage and her adoring manager, Barry Humphries get serious about their health and pledge to shed 15 kilos each with Jenny Craig. With the megastar and her manager about to embark on their farewell tour, Edna states the dramatic change is necessary in the interests of their health and, as role models, the health of their public.
“Possums, Barry and I both appreciate the influence we have over our adoring public. Just like the BeckhaMS (no apostrophe), people follow and copy our every move. And lately, well let’s be brutally honest, we’ve let ourselves go and haven’t been good role models. I have a wardrobe full of breathtaking gowns but I have to hold my breath to wear them …only three gowns fit me these days. When I'm on stage, I have to suck in my tummy because I fear my dress will burst at the seams. Just like my dear friend Mel B, I too can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back! While that was many years ago, the outcome will be the same with Jenny’s help!
“I’ve always had a nice little double chin but recently it’s turned into a quadruple chin. I want to live a long time and I am ready for Jenny,” said Edna.
Barry Humphries also worries about Edna’s weight. “We were in London recently and Edna’s looks were savaged by one critic in particular who described her as rather ‘tubby’. Well, that was a wakeup call for both of us, especially with our so-called “farewell” tour, ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’, about to start in June. Consequently, we both take a mild blood pressure tablet and by losing 15 kilos, not only will we look fighting fit, our health will bounce back.”
“We want all of Australia to rally behind us on Jenny’s ‘Edna Forever’ campaign. The message is simple; ‘get healthy, live longer’. Edna is a legend; she deserves to live forever. We may be approaching our early twilight years or as I like to call them, our ‘after lunch years’, but Edna has some sage advice to impart regardless of your age,” said Mr Humphries.
Barry also admits he has his own problems with food and will be supporting Edna and encouraging all men to think about their health.
“I have a problem with food and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Don’t forget if you’re fat, you’re sick. There’s no shame in a man getting help. It’s a shame if you don’t!“
Amy Smith, MD of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand is excited about the company’s new ambassadors.
“Dame Edna is an absolute legend in Australia and her manager, Barry Humphries, is equally loved. Their inspiring story to lose weight and regain their health will resonate with people of all ages. You are never too old to fight for your health; it’s there for the taking.” said Ms Smith.
“The Jenny program is the perfect first step. It’s important to understand the programme is not a diet. Each person is provided with a support system second-to-none, regardless of whether they are megastar or not. After an in-depth meeting with your own Jenny consultant where your medical history is discussed, a tailored eating plan and exercise recommendations are given. Each week of your journey you will check in with your consultant to discuss your progress. This is the difference and it’s a system that’s proven to work,” says Ms Smith.
INTERVIEW DAME EDNA/BARRY HUMPHRIES/AMY SMITH
Contact: Drew Lambert on 02 9365 0007/ 0425 200 606 / Drew@acagency.com.au
Luke Weymark on 02 9365 0007/ 0412 356 727 / Luke@acagency.com.au
- April 2012 - Waiters Win National Walk Off
- Call centre workers are all talk no action
Australian waiters are amongst our fittest professions due to the amount of incidental exercise included in their occupations, as revealed in a Jenny Craig study* of ten occupations that analysed how much each profession walked during an average work day. Trailing far behind with only 1/3 of the incidental exercise are call centre workers who fell far below the recommended goal of 10,000 steps per day**.
Waiters were streets ahead with an average of 22,778 steps a day with nurses clocking up 16,390 steps, retail workers 14,660 steps, farmers 14,037 steps, mothers 13,813 steps, teachers 12,564 steps, tradesmen 11,585 steps and hair dressers 9,209 steps. Lagging well behind were office workers with 7,570 steps and call centres workers on 6,618 steps.
Dr. Andrew Rochford, medical spokesperson for Jenny said, “research shows we should be aiming for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day in order to get the basic benefits of physical activity; improved heart health, lower cholesterol levels and a boost in perceived well-being. If you are trying to lose weight you may need to do more, say 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day.”
If you are in a desk bound professions, adopt these novel solutions to include fitness into your workday.
- Instead of emailing your co-workers, get out of your seat and ask the questions,
- walk to work or get off the train or bus one stop early,
- avoid lifts or escalators, opt for stairs
- go for a walk in your lunch break
- have stand up meetings with your co-workers or even walking meetings!
“Wearing a pedometer is a great way to track your daily steps and an essential tool if you’re aiming to lose weight. By doing so you could be shocked at how much exercise you’re actually doing each day,” concluded Andrew.
Note: Jenny pedometers are available at www.jennycraig.com.au
*Independent study of 100 Australians across 10 industries/occupations conducted on behalf of Jenny
** US Journal of Physical Activity and Health by James O. Hill, PhD, of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre on obesity, 2010. Participants who committed to 10,000 steps a day for three months were shown to have improved heart health, lower cholesterol levels, a boost in perceived well-being, and they also increased the distance they walked.
- March 2012 - Surviving The Easter Egg Fat Trap - 5 Top Tips
You can eat Easter eggs, just not 50! That’s the advice from one of Australia’s leading Accredited Practising Dietitian, Karen Inge. According to Karen, just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean you have to forsake the foods you love when it comes to Easter.
“Be warned however; to burn off the kilojoules in one 200g milk chocolate Easter egg, you may have to jog for 3 hours to prevent it from adding to your waist line! From my years of experience, I’ve collected the following top tips to surviving Easter; choose smaller Easter Eggs, understand Easter foods should be celebrated on one day – it’s not a month long celebration, swap chocolate hot cross buns for regular hot cross buns and once Easter is over, give away all your left over eggs. You could even suggest your friends give you alternative gifts other than chocolate to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals,” said Karen.
“It’s important to balance your treats with healthy food. A big part of the Jenny program is to not deny yourself the foods you love; this way you’re more likely to stay on track. You can have your cake and eat it too – just a different kind of cake, one that is portion controlled!”
“Try and gear your social activities around being more active and having fun. For example, an Easter egg hunt with the family or getting out in the park for a picnic will help burn off those extra treats consumed on Easter Sunday.
Karen Inge’s Easter Survival Guide:
1. Size does matter: Buy small individually wrapped eggs instead of the biggest egg you can find! A 100g milk chocolate egg contains about 500 calories (2100 kJ), which can be up to a third of your daily intake if you are trying to lose weight. Unwrapping each egg will help you to eat less in one sitting.
2. Quality over quantity: Have a small piece of good quality chocolate instead of a large amount of basic chocolate. Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate as it has a higher percentage of cocoa (70-85%), which will leave you satisfied with smaller portions. Plus, cocoa contains antioxidants which have been shown in research to have a positive impact on heart disease. * refer to figures below
3. Easter is one day – celebrate THAT day only: Easter eggs and hot cross buns are for sale months in advance. Avoid turning Easter into a month long binge festival.
4. Only buy what you need: Don’t eat with your eyes. We often tend to buy more eggs and bunnies and end up with too many in the pantry at home. Write a list of people you need to buy eggs for and stick to it. Don’t include your own name on this list!
5. Give alternative gifts: Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate. Alternative gifts could include fresh fruits, nuts and painted eggs. Non-edible gifts such as books, toys and flowers are great gift ideas.
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TO INTERVIEW KAREN INGE: Contact: Luke Weymark on 02 9365 0007/ 0412 356 727 / Luke@acagency.com.au
Easter treats calorie counts:
• 2 x mini solid Easter eggs = 300kJ (70 calories)
• 1 x small hollow egg (20g) = 580kJ (140 calories)
• 1 x mini Hot Cross Bun (40g) = 460kJ (110 calories)
• 1 x medium Hot Cross Bun (65g) = 880kJ (210 calories)
- March 2012 - Don't Judge Me, You're Overweight Too!
Why overweight Aussies are turning on each other
A new study* of 4299 respondents by weight loss company Jenny Craig has revealed two out of every three (66%) overweight respondents and 58% of obese respondents negatively judge other overweight Aussies who eat unhealthy food in public. The results of the survey point to an emerging trend in Australia where people show prejudice against overweight people, even if they are overweight themselves.
Of those respondents who are overweight or have been overweight, one in four are so scarred by public opinion; they limit themselves to eating healthy foods when in public in fear to being judged by others. The results went on to find 14% avoided eating anything in public, while 23% felt the public’s condemnation when they ate unhealthy foods, with the perception that this is how they got so overweight. Only 35% said they had a thick skin and did not feel others judged them.
Leading psychologist, Sandy Rea, believes sizism is a contributing factor to the pressure being felt by overweight individuals eating out. “Sizism is a fairly new term which relates to both normal and overweight individuals who have a perception and prejudice directed against overweight people,” stated Sandy Rea. “This attitude is keenly felt by overweight people and of course exerts a social pressure.”
“Underlying this social pressure linked to sizism is the perception that obesity symbolises an inability to be self-disciplined, demonstrate self-control and an inability to manage their personal health. By inference ‘fatness’ reflects negatively on personal character. Thus those respondents who do not eat in public or choose healthy foods so as not to be judged indicate a greater level of self-awareness,” concluded Sandy Rea.
The same study found 58% of respondents felt restaurants around the country don’t offer enough healthy options for people trying to lose weight. Those surveyed said there were either no options to choose from or even the healthy options were sometimes laden with hidden kilojoules. A further 81% of respondents believe menus should have symbols to highlight healthy options, stating it would take the guesswork out of menus. Many respondents felt menu descriptions are misleading.
For those wanting to lose weight, having a thorough knowledge of what you are eating and how it will affect your weight loss journey is imperative. Navigating restaurant menus can be a minefield. Weight loss programs, like Jenny, can assist in training dieters on how to make healther choices when faced with unfamiliar foods on restaurant menus. Jenny’s program couples every client with their own coach who helps devise a sensible eating plan that enables clients to reach their goal in a healthy, sustained approach.
To interview Sandy Rea about sizism and its psychological effects contact:
Luke Weymark on 02 9365 0007/ 0412 356 727 / Luke@acagency.com.au
*Survey by Jenny Craig on Friday, February 24, 2012 a total of 4,299 responses were recorded
- March 2012 - Jenny Craig Announced as Presenting Sponsor of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
- Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show organisers, the International Management Group (IMG) is pleased to announce that Jenny Craig has been secured as the Show’s presenting sponsor from 2012 – 2014.
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Event Director, Greg Hooton, is delighted with the sponsorship and the opportunities it presents for the hallmark event.
“The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is currently the most successful annual horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, and this sponsorship will ensure it continues to grow in stature and get better each year.”
Amy Smith, Managing Director Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand, said the Show aligns with Jenny’s healthy living philosophy, as well as its fight against obesity and the alarming incidence of diabetes.
“Jenny is all about getting out, having fun and living life how it should be. The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle outdoors and to demonstrate how easy it is to include fresh produce in your daily diet.
“Reports say 275 Australians develop type 2 diabetes every day and it is estimated that by 2025 it will triple in prevalence, affecting three million Australians. The most alarming prediction is that one in three of today’s young Australians will develop type 2 diabetes. Essentially this disease is preventable through healthy diet and exercise and it’s our mission to prevent this through education, knowledge and support of healthy foods that come directly from the source.”
As part of the sponsorship, Jenny Craig will build a display garden at the Show titled “Fresh by Jenny Craig” which will feature cooking displays by celebrity chef Michael Moore – demonstrating how to create delicious (and nutritious!) meals using fresh produce, Jenny’s veggie patch, a growing wall of salads and a ‘know your herbs’ knowledge quiz.
Show-goers can also visit the site to receive advice on healthy living, and tips on bringing the garden into the kitchen, with guest appearances by one of Australia’s leading dietitians Karen Inge and Channel Ten Breakfast host, Jenny’s medical spokesperson Dr Andrew Rochford.
The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show will be held at the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens from Wednesday, 28 March to Sunday, 1 April 2012.
The event is expected to attract more than 110,000 international and local visitors who will enjoy everything from landscaping and floral exhibits, sustainable gardening demonstrations and student works, right though to art, children’s entertainment, food and bouquet making sessions.
- March 2012 - Jenny Craig Shines In Choice Diet Clinic Investigation
- After a thorough investigation into Australia’s leading weight loss clinics, consumer organisation CHOICE has released a report in which Jenny Craig out-shines the competition, satisfying the majority of the stringent benchmarks set by the consumer watch-dog.
All clinics except for Jenny Craig were noted to use heavy sales tactics and some were even seen to be giving incorrect and poor clinical assessments to CHOICE’s shadow shoppers. Other weight loss clinics that were scrutinised were Weight Watchers, Cohen’s Lifestyle Clinic and Weight Control Doctor.
CHOICE’s shadow shoppers and expert panel were impressed with Jenny’s consultants who gave clear and concise information about weight loss and took plenty of care when establishing the shadow shopper’s medical history. One of the key factors to Jenny’s gleaming result was the lack of aggressive sales tactics compared to the other three weight loss companies.
Jenny’s MD Amy Smith was delighted with the CHOICE report, but not surprised. “Jenny Craig's weight loss program is designed by a team of Accredited Practising Dietitians with input from our International Medical Advisory Board. We are a founding member of the Weight Management Code of Practice, which our consultants put it into practise every day.”
“Our program has always been honest, up-front and all about the client’s personal journey – it’s not a salesperson trying to meet some quota. We believe it’s vital that every client is taken through an extensive health evaluation before embarking on our program. We also empower our clients with an abundance of information for them to make informed decisions for a healthy, sustainable rate of weight loss.”
“Our fabulous ambassador Mel B is a shining example of how our program dovetails into the life of a busy person; Jenny takes the guesswork out of the picture. All your meals are planned for you and your individual coach will be your guide to ensure you always stay on track. If Jenny can fit into the schedule of Mel’s life, it can fit into anyone’s,” concluded Amy Smith.
Jenny and their expert consultants strive to offer the best service they can, to help their clients make positive steps toward achieving their weight loss goals.
Visit the Choice diet clinic investigation report.
- February 2012 - Mel B's Spice Girl Bod is Back!
- Six months after the birth of her daughter and only 20 weeks after starting on Jenny Craig, Mel has lost an impressive 15 kilos reaching her goal weight of 60kg.
Mel’s ‘Spice Girl bod’ is testament that with Jenny’s helping hand, being a yummy mummy is possible for any woman who wants to lose her baby weight.
“My body is not only back to the shape it used to be, I actually feel better than before because I know I have earned it; it’s not something I just woke up to and BAM – there it was. I’ve been pregnant and exhausted with my work and had next to no sleep looking after my gorgeous baby, but Jenny has allowed me to look after myself. Being my third pregnancy and in my 30’s it was much easier to gain weight this time round! I was not looking forward to the chore of losing the weight at all. Jenny has not only been a helping hand, it’s been my saviour!” Mel said.
For Mel, it was Jenny’s unique support system with her individual coach and tailored eating plans that really made the difference. Mel experienced the same program that everyday clients go through.
“The weekly check-ins with my consultant kept me on track; we became ‘besties’! And the food was delicious; you get to eat fish and chips, chicken fettuccine and chicken parmigiana!
“Thanks to Jenny, I can easily slide into my old jeans – the ones my 13 year old daughter Pheonix has been ‘borrowing’ for the past 15 months! My husband Stephen is beyond excited, he’s loving my new body and has showered me with sexy lingerie. Girls, if you’ve got it, flaunt it to the man you love – don’t lose the fun - lose the weight!”
Getting back to her pre-baby body is more than just fitting into a smoking hot pair of jeans, for Mel it’s having the energy to attack her busy work schedule, which is packed in 2012.
“I carried a lot of weight when I was pregnant - I was eating for England! Carrying this extra weight was draining on my energy levels, I didn't want to work out at all when I was pregnant, I felt sick in the beginning then I just gained too much weight to even want to workout. Now I’ve lost the weight, I feel like I can take on the world. My energy levels have skyrocketed and my brain is firing on all cylinders. I feel I can now be the best mum possible.”
Amy Smith, Managing Director of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand, always knew Mel would smash her goal.
“What a woman! Really, she is an inspiration. The last six months have been blur for this busy mum. A newborn baby, the pressure of working on a major television show and constantly jetting between two countries. The Jenny program is unique because it effortlessly dovetails into a busy woman’s schedule; Jenny takes the guesswork out of the picture. All your meals are planned for you and the consultant will be your guide to ensure you always stay on track. If Jenny can fit into the schedule of Mel’s life, it can fit into anyone’s.” Amy said.
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- January 2012 - Mel B, Meet Me Halfway
- Bye bye baby weight… hello hot mama!
After two months on the Jenny Craig Program, former Spice Girl, Mel B, has just passed the halfway mark to her goal, shedding an impressive eight kilos and showing mums how to get their sexy back.
A month after giving birth to her third daughter Madison, Mel B turned to Jenny to help get her pre-baby body back and made the commitment to lose a total of 15 kilos.
“I am so excited I’ve passed my halfway. My humps and bumps are still there but they’re a little bit smaller and I’m loving it“ Mel B said.
“Being eight kilos lighter means I’m happier and healthier. I still don’t get much sleep at night thanks to Madison, but with my new found energy I’m able to be a better mother.”
Mel B fronted Jenny Craig’s most recent campaign with huge success, appealing to Australian mothers to invest in themselves and beat the baby bulge.
“Like all mums, I sometimes feel a little guilty taking time out for myself. But this is about my health. I think mums are the centre of their universe, so it’s just something I just had to do,” says Mel B.
In true Mel fashion, she also had a more personal reward for when she finally reached her goal weight. “I cannot wait until I reach my goal weight – I can, not, WAIT! I’m gonna get my ‘thong on’!! Woot Woot!”
Mel B acknowledges Jenny Craig’s 30 years experience as leading weight management experts and providing a support system second-to-none with individual consultants and tailored eating plans.
“Let’s face it, it’s really bloody hard to lose weight by yourself…I hate diets - they don’t work, they’re confusing. Jenny Craig is not a diet, it’s a healthy eating plan that makes losing weight easy,” said Mel B.
Amy Smith, Jenny Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to see the program working effectively for Mel.
“I feel remarkably proud of Mel at this half way mark, she is a great inspiration to all women and especially mothers, who are looking for an effective weight loss program and are serious about being the best they can be.”
“Mel is representing so many women in Australia <insert New Zealand> who have some baby weight to lose but aren’t sure where to start. The Jenny program is brilliant for Mel and other busy mums as it takes the guesswork out of the picture,” said Ms Smith.
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- October 2011 - Mel B, The New Face Of Jenny Craig
Amy Smith, MD of Jenny Craig is excited to announce that Melanie Brown, the scariest, spiciest of them all, has been signed up as the new face of Jenny Craig Australia and NZ. Mel has 15 kilos to lose post-baby and is intent on getting to her target weight by early 2012.
Mel B says when she was pregnant she was eating for England and Australia. “I was eating literally morning noon and night, it didn’t matter what time, I was just eating. I was a house. I love my humps and bumps, but when a newspaper described my shape as the ‘bootylicious, curvylicious, post-baby body of Melanie, I knew I had to do something, I had to get the eating under control”.
“Jenny Craig is a no brainer for me. I don’t have to think about anything. I get a coach; she does the thinking and the planning. I just eat and go. It’s perfect. Jenny Craig has been around for 30 years. That depth of experience has to count for something” says Mel.
Amy Smith says Mel is representative of so many women in Australia and New Zealand who have some baby weight to lose but aren’t sure where to start. The Jenny Craig programme is absolutely brilliant for Mel and other busy mums as it takes the guesswork out of the picture. The best thing of all, is that Jenny provides a support system second-to-none with individual consultants and tailored eating plans.
“Mel told us she doesn’t like dieting at all. She loves eating healthy foods and she is thrilled with the healthy snack options and the amount of fruit and vegetables she gets to eat. Jenny Craig’s team of nutritionists and doctors have created a program especially for women like Mel who have recently given birth, that takes into consideration the nutrient levels needed for breastfeeding women”, says Ms Smith.
Mel B says, “Life gets a little bit crazy when you’ve got four daughters but it’s important for us mums to live healthy and to be in good shape. Mums really need to take the time for themselves and get to a place where they are happy with their body again. We should not put it off because we deserve more than that. A healthy happy mum equals a healthy happy family.”
- October 2011 - Dr Andrew Rochford Appointed As Medical Ambassador For Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig is pleased to announce Dr. Andrew Rochford as its new medical ambassador.Dr. Andrew an emergency registrar, understands that the majority of people need health regimes that fit in with their busy lives.
“Dropping a few kilos isn't simply about looking good, it's about living a healthy lifestyle and Jenny Craig is keen to deliver that message”, said Dr Andrew.
Dr. Andrew joins the Jenny Craig team as they champion three new health related initiatives:
• Start Healthy, Stay Healthy initiative to help mums and mums to be lose weight in order to get pregnant, maintain a healthy pregnancy weight or get back in shape after having a baby. It's crucial that these women maintain good nutrition - but being overweight and obesity is now the most common pregnancy complication in many developed countries and weight issues can affect the health of both mums and babies.
• Adolescent Program - developing bodies also need good nutrition but with 20 - 25 per cent of Australian children and adolescents now classified as overweight with a quarter of this group being obese there are fears that youngsters are suffering both health and self confidence issues as a result. Diabetes prevention is a particular concern as during puberty, hormonal changes can add to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes is even more likely to be diagnosed at this time.
• Men's Health Program - addressing the denial men have around weight and prevention of weight-related illness.
Dr Andrew says he's delighted to be working with Jenny Craig, “The program has been designed and evolved by a global medical advisory board, consisting of the leading experts in their field delivering the latest expertise. All menus are planned by a team of qualified dietitians so users know it's nutritious and balanced.
People need something they can fit into their lives, that teaches them how to manage their weight. Jenny Craig's food/mind/body approach is the perfect way to get the skills and support you need so you can learn how to manage your weight for life."
- September 2011 - Rebel Wilson Winning Roles And Losing The Kilos
Winning the roles and losing the kilos!
Since deciding to seek professional help to lose weight, Rebel Wilson has successfully lost 10 kilograms in 10 weeks on Jenny Craig.
Following years of countless failed diets, Rebel joined the world‟s leading weight loss program in June and couldn‟t be happier with the results.
“Thank god I called Jenny Craig and started on the program ‘cause it’s now been 10 weeks, and I’m 10 kilos down. And I’m feeling good about it.
I’m already noticing huge differences – I have more energy….it’s awesome. The rewards started earlier than I thought – I noticed a change in my body and mindset from the first week.” Said Rebel from Atlanta where she is currently filming.
Working with a Jenny Craig Consultant, Rebel is tackling the three lifestyle areas for effective weightloss – food, body and mind – to replace her old, unhealthy habits with a new constructive way of living.
As well as kicking goals in her weightloss campaign, Rebel‟s acting career is going from strength to strength.
Following her successfully part as Kristen Wiig‟s roommate in the hit comedy Bridesmaids, Rebel has been booking movies like wildfire, including;
“So I’ve lost 10 kilos and got 15 to go. I’m on schedule. It’s working and things are happening – which is cool. I can’t wait to reach my end goal!” Rebel is hoping to hit the 20 kilogram milestone before Christmas.
- July 2011 - Rebel Wilson Takes Centre Stage For Jenny Craig
EFFERVESCENT Aussie comic actress Rebel Wilson is taking Hollywood by storm, but her most life changing role yet is as Jenny Craig’s new celebrity ambassador.
Rebel is a brilliant character actress, delivering a scene-stealing performance in this year’s blockbuster Bridesmaids, but hopes losing 25kg in an inspirational partnership with Jenny Craig will help audiences see the real her.
With more upcoming major US film roles; Australia’s emerging movie star is set to revolutionize her life by signing on with Jenny Craig as her international profile rises.
Rebel hopes shedding kilos and adopting better lifestyle habits will result in being considered for a wider variety of roles, having greater confidence, and to inspire fellow Australian women.
Famous locally for Bogan Pride (SBS) which she created, wrote, produced and starred in as well as her standout appearances on Thank God You’re Here (Network Ten/Seven Network), Talkin’ Bout Your Generation (Network Ten), City Homicide (Seven Network) and a role in the Nicholas Cage movie Ghost Rider. The multi-talented writer, producer and performer will next be seen with Elizabeth Banks in the rom-com What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and opposite Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon in the action comedy This Means War.
Rebel won a starring part alongside her Bridesmaids co-star, Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, in the indie flick Small Apartments.
In typical madcap Rebel style, her weight-loss mottos are: “to not gorge on junk food, but to become gorgeous”, and “feed my dreams, not my stomach”.
With Jenny Craig’s one-on-one consulting, Rebel said she’s happy she won’t have to go it alone.
“On the career side, I’m kind of living this exciting life, and filming movies and TV shows, and kicking a lot of goals in that department, and I have so many good things going on. But the one thing that I feel is holding me back is my size and weight”.
Rebel’s goals with Jenny Craig are:
- LOSE 25kg
- BUY clothes from mainstream fashion stores
- To wear sleeveless outfits with confidence
“Jenny Craig is delighted to be working with Rebel Wilson – she is a gorgeous girl inside and out and is a star on the rise who wants our support to help her in areas of her life that need a little education and guidance. Jen’s a friend to many and we’re looking forward to the friendship and journey between Jenny Craig and Rebel Wilson - a journey that we hope will encourage and inspire so many other Australian women”, says Amy Smith, Managing Director of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand.
Rebel has a warning for her pals, ice cream and chocolate: “I am over it – no more hanging out guys... I am starting Jenny Craig. It’s not you, it’s me. I’m changing.”
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- June 2011 - Shane Jacobson, Showing Our Aussie Men How To Lose Their Spare Tyre
- Jenny Craig Celebrity Ambassador, Shane Jacobson is showing our real Aussie men what spare tyres & weight loss have in common!
After 20 weeks on the Jenny Craig program - the popular Australian Actor/Entertainer is set to reveal his “lost tyre” and his new shape - following his amazingly successful 20 kilogram weight loss.
Tipping the scales at 126 kilograms, when he first signed onto Jenny Craig’s “Jen4Men” program in January 2011, Shane’s goal was to lose 15 kilograms however, after the first 10 disappeared, Shane up’d his goal to 20 kilograms – and is delighted with the result.
Like 51%  of Australian men, Shane felt he was ok, but there was room for improvement. Shane states: “Like most big guys I was okay with my weight when I started, but the difference after being on Jen4Men is I’m now stoked. And, trust me, there’s a really big difference between being okay with the way you look and being stoked – not to mention I am healthier.”
With a healthy eating portion controlled menu designed for even the ‘blokiest of blokes’, and an achievable exercise program, Shane looks fantastic at his goal weight of 106 kilograms.
Shane says: “The Jenny Craig team encouraged and motivated me every week with check in’s and good food advice. Blokes just need some education on how to lose the ‘spare tyre’. It’s easy once you have the tools”.
Highlights of Shane’s weight loss:
- Lost 20 kilograms (equivalent of 2 car tyres)
- Shane is 41 years old – at 126 kilograms his biological age was 48 years old. 20 kilograms lighter, he is now 2 years younger than his real age!
- Off all health related medication (blood pressure & cholesterol)
- Happier, healthier and handsome!
“The thing that I enjoy most out of what’s happened to me since I’ve lost the 20 kilo is that my blood pressure and my cholesterol which were both high to the point that I was on medication (which the doctor prescribed to me for life) is now in check and I’m off all medication – which is fantastic, added Shane.
Pre Jenny Craig Shane mirrored that of many Australian men - a recent survey  revealed their weight concerns:
- Almost 8 in 10 Australian men surveyed are overweight
- Almost 100% of men are aware of the effects of excess weight
- Majority of men would like to lose 5 – 10 kilograms
“Shane is a prime example of the typical Aussie bloke – he knew he was carrying some extra kilograms, he knew the effect that was having on his health, and just needed some help in getting his weight in check. We’ve been able to assist Shane in his quest to lose weight, and we hope his story inspires many other Aussie blokes to start looking after themselves not only for their own interest but for their family’s too.” says Amy Smith, Managing Director of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand.
The Jenny Craig Jen4Men program is backed by a Medical Advisory Board and a team of accredited practicing dieticians and nutritionists – it is a personalised approach to healthy weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. The program is designed to be a personalised lifestyle change and stresses the importance of educating their members on the basics of nutrition and physical activity.
 “All Women Talk” Survey – December 2010. n = 567(F) & 527(M)
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- April 2011 - Weighty Winter No More! Hints And Tips To Help You Slim Down This Winter
- Winter can be a time for hunkering down and turning to comfort food and rich carb-heavy dinners to combat the cold weather. But, this year, don’t let ‘winter time’ lead to ‘weight gain time’!
With the release of new and exciting meal options from the Jenny Craig at Home menus, it’s easy to stay on track with controlled calorie and portion intake this winter without leaving the comfort of your warm home. The Jenny Craig at Home program offers the same great food, tools and personal support as the Jenny Craig Centres with the added convenience of healthy cuisines delivered directly to your door so you don’t have to brave the cold.
In addition, with a few simple hints and tips from Jenny Craig Consultant Adele Gerali, this winter can be a time for healthy eating, losing those extra kilos, and being in the best shape of your life by the time summer hits. “There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that people put on weight over the colder months,” said Adele, “but by keeping in tune with your diet and daily activities, you can avoid piling on the kilos.”
- Don’t snack while watching TV –When watching TV, we can get distracted and are less likely to be practising mindful eating, so it is very easy to overeat. Limit your snacks by portioning them into small bowls instead of eating out of the box or eat healthy snacks like carrot sticks or grapes. The new Jenny Craig at Home menus have your daily snacks all portioned out – from Lightly Salted Potato Crisps to Choc Chip Bites.
- Don’t forget exercise. – Ensuring you exercise every day throughout winter will help to counter-balance any extra calories as well as make you feel more energetic. Get some fresh air and take short 15 minute walks on your coffee or lunch break to expend energy and stress. ‘Buddying up’ with a friend will help keep you motivated.
- Sip tea not hot chocolate - hot drinks can help keep the chill out of winter, but some warm beverages are hidden with kilojoules. Milky, syrupy coffee shop drinks and hot chocolate with whipped cream can add lots of calories to your diet. Selecting tea or a herbal infusion is a better option.
- Plan a warm holiday - If you know you'll need to sport a bikini on the beach in the dead of winter, then you'll be sure to stick to your exercise and healthy eating plan to ensure your body is in tip top shape.
- Eat your veggies – regular intake of fruits and vegetables will help strengthen your immune system and keep you healthy throughout the winter months. Remember, you should try to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of veggies daily.
Winter menu choices are made easy with new delicious options from Jenny Craig at Home. If it’s winter weight loss and convenience you crave, Jenny Craig at Home is the best tool for long- term weight loss success. You’ll learn the principles of portion control and the elements of a healthy balanced diet via a weekly phone consultation with your very own Jenny Craig consultant as well as having your meals delivered to your home or office.
Tempt your taste buds with Jenny Craig’s hearty Bangers and Mash, comforting Chunky Tomato Soup and warming Mixed Berry Porridge – just a snapshot of what will be available with Jenny Craig at home this winter from May.
- March 2011 - Get Healthy To Get Pregnant
- Increase your chances of conceiving: How to get healthy to get pregnant
There are numerous benefits to being a healthy weight before and during pregnancy. Research indicates that obesity adversely affects the chances of conceiving a baby and carrying full term. Controlling weight through pregnancy is also particularly important to improving the health of an unborn child, as studies have established an association between obesity and infant birth defects such as spina bifida .
Maternal obesity increases pregnancy-related risks including heightened rates of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, and pregnancy induced hypertension. Considering about one third of pregnant women in Australia are overweight or obese (with the figure nudging 50% of mothers in Queensland) , this is an issue that needs to be taken seriously.
And it’s not just women – obesity can lead to infertility in men, due to its negative impact on semen quality and erectile function – a problem no man wants to face.
The good news is that weight loss of as little as 5 - 10% can improve fertility and the health of both the parents and baby . Weight loss can lead to improved menstrual cycles, improved ovulation and an improved likelihood of conception. Additionally, obese women using assisted reproduction programs have greater success if they undertake weight loss prior to using this technology.
>Karen Inge, Accredited Practicing Dietician and member of Jenny Craig’s Medical Advisory Board, has developed some information on achieving a healthy weight when trying for a baby. Karen has helped many women lose weight prior to pregnancy, and work towards their goal of conceiving, “when trying to conceive it’s important to have adequate levels of certain nutrients like folate, iodine and Vitamin D. You should eat the same foods recommended for any healthy diet, with special care for certain nutrients.”
>Karen also recommends the guidance of a weight loss program like Jenny Craig, which continues to help men and women reach and maintain their weight loss goals. Jenny Craig consultants understand the importance of a healthy diet and being a healthy weight in order to conceive and can advise the best course of action and menu selection.
In addition to being a healthy weight, Karen recommends the following;
- Most women need to take a folate supplement for at least two months before trying to become pregnant and for the first three months of pregnancy.
- Many women have low vitamin D levels and may require a vitamin D supplement.
- Additional intake of iodine can be recommended and this helps to support healthy brain development of the baby during pregnancy.
- Calcium requirements are not increased during pregnancy, but women need to be having 1,000mg of calcium per day.
Amy Smith, Managing Director for Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand adds, “Jenny Craig is a convenient, successful weight loss program for women looking to reach a healthy weight prior to pregnancy. The program not only provides healthy food options, but comes with the unique benefit of a personal weight loss consultant, to help and guide every individual in reaching personal weight loss goals. You are five times more likely to loose weight with Jenny Craig than going it alone .”
Jenny Craig menus reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the National Health & Medical Research Council. Of course it is also important to always consult a doctor who may recommend formulated vitamin and mineral supplements to be taken in conjunction with Jenny Craig menus.
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- March 2011 - Shane Jacobson Helps Jenny Craig Fight Australian Weight Epidemic One State At A Time
Australian men are more likely to be overweight than their female partners, a recent study has shown. A shocking 63% of Australians men are classified as overweight or obese, compared to only 56% of women .
In an effort to combat this trend Jenny Craig ambassador, Shane Jacobson, will tomorrow launch the Mates in Every State program, and is calling for Aussie men to buddy up and join him on his quest to drop the kilos. The new initiative from Jenny Craig aims to build Australia’s biggest ever weight loss ‘support network’ for men, with Shane as the Mates in Every State leader and mentor.
Shane Jacobson will be hitting the road to visit his ‘mates’ across Australia encouraging them to lose the weight and live longer, healthier lives. After all, 47% of men who have tried to lose weight in the past agree, that the support of family and friends is critical to their success .
So how do the states stack up in the Australian males weight war?
- The Northern Territory records the most overweight males, with 70% of the male population considered overweight or obese; Tasmanian men and South Australian males rate a close second with the statistic hitting 68% for Tassie and 67% for SA.
- West Australian men are piling on the pounds more than the women with over 10% more men considered to be overweight or obese compared to WA women (64% vs. 53%).
- In Queensland the number of men considered to be overweight or obese, far outweigh the men considered to be in an acceptable weight range by more than 2:1.
- ACT, Victoria and New South Wales have the lowest rate of overweight men in the country...but it is still a whopping 57%, 62% and 61% respectively; showcasing the war on obesity hits all states heavily.
Shane has been losing weight with Jenny Craig since January and credits his success to the support of his Jenny Craig consultant Adele, family and friends. He is looking forward to getting out on the road and inspiring men just like him.
“Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life, so I encourage my mates across every Australian state to join me and commit to a healthy lifestyle. Camaraderie and mateship has helped Australians win wars all around the world. We are facing a different kind of war right here at home; to lose our gut and gain our life back. I’d like to give men an instant support system, and Mates In Every State aims to do just that,” said Shane.
 Source: Roy Morgan Dec 2010. P18+ n=49,530
 Source: Woman's Day and Jenny Craig Body & Weight survey
The Breakdown - How the states weigh in
- 68% of men across Tasmania are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 56% of women.
- Only 27% of men in Tasmania are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
- 65% of men across Queensland are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 56% of women.
- In Queensland the number of men considered to be overweight or obese, far outweigh the men considered to be in an acceptable weight range by more than 2:1.
- 67% of men across South Australia are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 59% of women.
- Only 30% of men in South Australia are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
- 64% of men across Western Australia are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 53% of women.
- Only 33% of men in Western Australia are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
New South Wales
- 61% of men across NSW are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 55% of women.
- Only 34% of men in NSW are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
- 62% of men across Victoria are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 56% of women.
- 33% of men in Victoria are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
Australian Capital Territory
- 57% of men across ACT are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 55% of women.
- Only 39% of men in ACT are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.
- 70% of men across the Northern Territory are classified as obese or overweight compared to only 67% of women.
- 27% of men in the Northern Territory are classified as being in an acceptable weight range.