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Newman's Own

November 02, 2015 11:51 ET

Newman's Own® Appoints Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D. to Newman's Own Board of Directors

Nationally Recognized Leader in Research on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - November 02, 2015) - Newman's Own today announced that Miriam Nelson, PhD., has been elected to the Board of Directors of Newman's Own, Inc.

Miriam Nelson, PhD, is Associate Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. For the past twelve years, Dr. Nelson was director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention. She is the co-founder of ChildObesity180, a multi-sector childhood obesity prevention organization based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

As an international leader in research on nutrition, physical activity, and public health, Dr. Nelson has published many works on food policy, exercise, and civic engagement. She wrote ten books, including Strong Women Stay Young and four other New York Times bestsellers. Together, these books have sold over a million copies in 14 languages. Dr. Nelson's research has been the foundation of the StrongWomen Program, a national community-based public health program for women.

"We are honored to have Miriam Nelson join our Board of Directors. Her extensive background and leadership in nutrition and corporate citizenship are well aligned with the focus and mission of Newman's Own," said Robert Forrester, Executive Chairman of Newman's Own, Inc. and President and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation. "She recently collaborated with Newman's Own Foundation as part of our Nutrition Cohort, providing expertise and research assistance in her role at The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and she has contributed valuable insight."

Dr. Nelson has contributed broadly to public policy initiatives. In 2008 she served as the vice-chair of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served on the 2010 and 2015 respective Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees (DGAC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within the 2015 DGAC, Dr. Nelson spearheaded the work on dietary guidance and sustainability. From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Nelson served as a member of the Science Board of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (chairing in 2013).

"I am pleased to join the Board of Directors of Newman's Own, with its extraordinary mission of giving all profits to charity to empower change in communities," said Dr. Nelson. "I look forward to working with my fellow Board members to contribute to the wonderful legacy of Paul Newman, the company's founder."

About Newman's Own

Newman's Own, Inc., founded by Paul Newman in 1982, offers more than 200 varieties of great tasting food and beverage products including salad dressings, pasta sauces, coffee, salsa, snacks, frozen pizza, frozen skillet meals, and refrigerated lemonades, as well as a line of premium pet food products. Newman's Own Foundation continues Paul Newman's commitment to donate to charity 100 percent of the profits and royalties earned from the sale of Newman's Own food and beverage products. Nearly $450 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982. Learn more at newmansown.com and newmansownfoundation.org.

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