About our author: Dr. James J. Kenney, PhD, RD, FACN
Dr. Kenney is the Nutrition Research Specialist for the Pritikin Longevity Center. He is also on the Board of Directors for the National Council Against Health Fraud. He is Board Certified as a specialist in Human Nutrition Sciences by the American Board of Nutrition and is also a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Kenney has spent many years evaluating the scientific literature on nutrition and disease and his courses are instructive and very comprehensive. He has been a registered dietitian since 1982 and is a licensed dietitian in the state of Florida. Dr. Kenney is available as a speaker on these and other topics for continuing professional education. FMI call 954-385-5328 or email him directly.
From Press Release on Pritikin.com: In a groundbreaking decision, Medicare will pay for Pritikin's intensive diet-and-exercise programs for qualifying individuals with a history or risk of cardiovascular events, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has disclosed. The decision makes the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, located in Miami, FLA, the first and only residential healthy-lifestyle education program in the country to offer Medicare-covered intensive cardiac rehabilitation, or ICR.
The criteria for coverage of an intensive cardiac rehabilitation program by Medicare are stringent, including such requirements as peer-reviewed, published research demonstrating that the program reduces the need for bypass surgery as well as significantly lowers cholesterol levels, triglycerides, body mass index, and blood pressure, and the need for medications for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. Over the past 35 years, more than 115 studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Archives of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine, proving that participants in the Pritikin Program achieve these and other significant health benefits, including substantial and sustained weight loss.