U.S. News ranks best dieting plans
WASHINGTON — U.S. News Media Group on Tuesday ranked the best dieting plans by health goal — identifying the best plans for weight loss, heart health and diabetes.
Building on the company’s experience evaluating hospitals, U.S. News developed five diet rankings to address a broad range of consumers’ dieting goals and needs. Diets were ranked based on ratings from an independent panel of 22 experts.
"The goal of the Best Diets rankings is to help consumers find authoritative guidance on healthful diets that will work for them over the long haul," stated Lindsay Lyon, U.S. News health news editor, who directed the project.
Weight Watchers ranked as the best “commercial” diet plan, as well as the best weight-loss diet. “In experts’ ratings, Weight Watchers bested all other ranked diets for both short-term and long-term weight loss,” U.S. News reported. Jenny Craig stood as the No. 2 commercial diet plan and Unilever’s Slim Fast No. 3. For overall weight loss, tied at No. 2 were Jenny Craig and the Raw Food Diet, an approach that challenges dieters to avoid foods that have been cooked. To see the full rankings, click here.
The Ornish Diet was named the best diet for heart health. “The balanced, sound menu promotes heart health, if … the diet’s rules are followed,” the commentary stated. The TLC Diet, a government-designed eating plan that stands for "therapeutic lifestyle changes," ranked No. 2. Another government-developed diet, DASH (for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), ranked No. 3. For complete rankings, click here.
The DASH Diet (No. 3 for heart health) was identified as the best diet for people diagnosed with diabetes and the best diet overall. “Its emphasis on whole grains, fruits and veggies matches the sort of nutritional prescription that diabetics frequently hear their doctors recommend,” according to U.S. News. Rankings of the second-best diet for diabetics resulted in a three-way tie between the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Ornish Diet and the Vegan Diet. Similarly, there were three tied for the No. 2 ranking for best diets overall — the Mediterranean Diet, the TLC Diet and Weight Watchers.
To create the rankings, U.S. News developed profiles of the 20 diets that explain how each one works, the evidence that backs up (or doesn’t back up) the claims made for it, how it breaks down nutritionally and more. A panel of 22 experts, including nutritionists, dietitians, cardiologists and diabetologists, reviewed the diet profiles and rated the diets.
Walgreens names first-ever chief diversity officer
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday named Steve Pemberton the company’s divisional VP diversity and inclusion, making him the company’s first chief diversity officer.
“Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our DNA at Walgreens — no other drug store retailer serves more communities,” stated Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, SVP and chief human resources officer for Walgreens. “With Steve’s drive, impressive background and insight, we are confident he and his team will build upon the philosophy that diversity is less about what you look like, but more about what you think.”
Pemberton will be responsible for ensuring that Walgreens demonstrates cultural and workforce diversity, and will take the lead on directing activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts and urban areas.
In addition, Pemberton also will help strengthen relationships with diverse suppliers and communities.
Pemberton comes to Walgreens from the job-search engine Monster.com, where he served as chief diversity officer and VP diversity and inclusion. Prior to that, he was co-president, co-founder and COO of Road to College, the first Web-based admission counseling service. Earlier in his career, he was senior assistant director of multicultural admissions at Boston College, his alma mater. Pemberton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1989.
Pemberton will report to Wilson-Thompson.
SmartSource looks to curb coupon fraud with QR codes
NEW YORK — SmartSource has enhanced its online coupons with Quick Response codes that can provide real-time identification of fraudulent coupons.
SmartSource’s website, SmartSource.com — which is operated by News Corp. division News America Marketing — began printing QR codes on all of its coupons earlier this year. The QR codes are encoded and encrypted with technology that allows smartphone users and retailer personnel to determine if a coupon is valid or fraudulent. How it works: a scanned QR code retrieves information on that specific coupon from a SmartSource database and instantly returns information that either validates the offer or alerts the user or retailer that the coupon was not legitimately created.
QR codes can be scanned by smartphone users with a standard 2-D code scanning application sold through iTunes or other app sites.
"As of today, any SmartSource.com branded coupon that does not have a QR code should be considered fraudulent and therefore not accepted by any retailer," said Henri Lellouche, News America Marketing SVP and general manager of the SmartSource iGroup. "News America Marketing will continue to develop antifraud measures to protect its clients and will assist in every way possible the prosecution to the fullest extent of the law anyone caught attempting to use or traffic fraudulent SmartSource.com coupons."