Jack LaLanne to Receive Inaugural DR Icon Award

Jack LaLanne to Receive Inaugural DR Icon Award

(PRWEB) August 09, 2011

The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), the leading trade association for direct-to-consumer commerce, announced that Jack LaLanne, a long-time pioneer in the direct response marketing field, will be honored posthumously with the inaugural DR Icon Award. The Award will be presented at the ERA Moxie Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 15th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the 2011 ERA D2C Convention at the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas.

The DR Icon Award honors an individual whose personal brand and extraordinary talent have re-shaped direct response marketing. The Award will be presented in honor of Jack LaLanne to his wife of 51 years, Elaine LaLanne, during a special presentation.

“Jack LaLanne was a pioneer in our industry whose skills and personality surpassed the direct-to-consumer marketplace,” says ERA President and CEO Julie Coons. “He made significant contributions to our industry, while helping people worldwide see the importance of living a strong and healthy life. It’s evident that the industry and his peers strongly believe Jack is worthy of receiving this new award.”

“Jack meant so much to so many and this award is a noble final recognition for all his hard work spreading his message of health and fitness to the world. I am touched, honored and privileged to receive it on his behalf,” says Elaine LaLanne.

Jack LaLanne passed away on January 23, 2011.

Jack LaLanne was America’s Number 1 Physical Fitness Expert and Guru, and is often called the “Godfather of Fitness.” Jack admitted it was not always this way. “As a kid,” he flatly stated, “I was a sugarholic and a junk food junkie! It made me weak and it made me mean.” It was at the age of 15, when he heard a nutritionist speak at the Oakland City Women’s Club in San Francisco Bay Area. That man promised Jack if he would exercise and eat a proper diet, he could regain good health. Jack listened attentively and was fiercely determined to walk away from that lecture ready to build a totally new Jack LaLanne.

He began experimenting with weights and before long Jack was able to attain a muscular, healthy body. He became a voracious reader, absorbing everything that would help him to improve himself. During college, he studied pre-med to become a medical doctor and graduated. However, resolving to help others find the secrets to health and fitness, Jack opened the nation’s first modern health studio in 1936 in Oakland, California.

Over time, Jack began to formulate a basic approach to physical fitness and nutrition. His methods would be scientifically sound, as he developed the first prototypes of exercise equipment presently available in contemporary health spas. He was the first to have women work out with weights, and he also encouraged the disabled and elderly to exercise for health.

Jack’s reputation began to spread and by the early 1950s, he was given the opportunity to utilize the new medium of television to reach even more people. He used television to reach out to millions of Americans everywhere with his gospel message of get out of your chair, work out and feel better. His motivational message spread across the country like wildfire and his show was an instant nationwide hit! Jack LaLanne lived by what he said to others, and he did it for over 75 years. Much of what Jack LaLanne has advocated through his teaching has become common knowledge today. Today’s doctors and fitness experts all acknowledge daily systematic and proper diet as the principle keys to a longer healthier life. See also this link:


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About the 2011 ERA D2C Convention

The Electronic Retailing Association’s 2011 ERA D2C Convention is the 21st annual show where the industry’s top technology innovators, manufacturers, buyers and marketers meet to learn about the hottest trends in the direct-to-consumer marketplace and meet with partners and potential customers to seal critical business relationships. The event will feature more than 4,000 attendees and 120 exhibitors, a variety of education sessions on industry related topics and expansive networking opportunities, as well as wide variety of events on the trade show floor. For more information, please visit http://www.D2Cshow.org.

About the Electronic Retailing Association

Representing a more than $ 350 billion market, the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) is the only trade association in the U.S. and internationally that represents leaders of the direct-to-consumer marketplace, which includes members that maximize revenues through electronic retailing on television, online and on radio. ERA strives to protect the regulatory and legislative climate of direct response while ensuring a favorable landscape that enhances e-retailers’ ability to bring quality products and services to the consumer. ERA members include some of the industry’s most prominent retail merchants, including Acorn Corporation, eBay, Discovery Communications, Gaiam, Google, Guthy-Renker Corporation, HSN, Jewelry Television, QVC, ShopNBC and Thane. For more information about ERA, please visit http://www.retailing.org.

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International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar

International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar

Battle Creek, Mich. (Vocus) August 27, 2009

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced that it inaugurated its “Emerging Issues in Food Protection” seminar series by co-sponsoring the presentation of, “The Changing Faces of Environmental Sampling,” by Donald L. Zink, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, to more than 70 food regulators and food emergency responders. Seminar co-sponsors included the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Community Health, Association of Food and Drug Officials, and Western Michigan University. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation is funding the start-up activities of the Institute.

IFPTI’s vision of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply is dependent upon building capacity and strengthening the role of state and local food protection agencies. The inaugural Emerging Issues in Food Protection seminar, held August 25, 2009 at Western Michigan University’s Kendall Center, provided local, state, and federal public health and food regulatory officials, emergency management personnel, and Rapid Response Team (charged with responding to food and feed emergencies) with the latest information on the rapidly evolving role of environmental sampling in food protection and emergency response.

In addition to Dr. Zink’s presentation, attendees heard presentations from Brad Deacon, Michigan Dept of Agriculture; Joann Givens, FDA-Rapid Response Team; Roberta Wagner, FDA-Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Stephen Benoit, National Center for Food Protection.

In October 2009, the Institute will offer courses in “Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation” and “Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)” in both “trainee” and “train-the-trainer” formats. Most costs associated with course registration, materials, meals, and travel are expected to be covered by the Institute in order to provide much-needed assistance to State and local regulatory agencies. Registration information can be found at: http://www.ifpti.org or http://www.afdo.org.

IFPTI’s inaugural training course, “Managing Retail Food Safety,” was offered in July 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Human Resource Deployment’s ORA U.


The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization delivering career-spanning certified food protection training to state, local, tribal and territorial food protection professionals that meets established U.S. federal food safety standards. Through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and working in partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Institute seeks to protect the public’s health by working with Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial food protection officials in the creation of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply.

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. For further information on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.wkkf.org. Inquiries about the Foundation can be directed to Joanne Krell, Vice President Communications.

About AFDO

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules and regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at http://www.afdo.org. Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO’s Executive Director Joseph Corby.

About Donald L. Zink, Ph.D.

Dr. Zink is Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Zink received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Texas A&M University. After graduate school, Dr. Zink was a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. In 1980, he moved to the University of Arizona where he was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Food Science and Nutrition. In 1983, Dr. Zink began his food industry career with Campbell Soup Company research and development organization. In 1990, Dr. Zink moved to the Carnation Company (a Division of Nestlé) as Manager of Food Safety for the company’s refrigerated foods division and a year later became Director of Food Safety for Nestlè USA. Dr. Zink left Nestlé in 2000 to become the Vice-President of Food Safety and Research and Development for Future Beef Operations. In 2002, Dr. Zink joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Food Scientist and in 2009 became the Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Zink is active in professional scientific organizations and has served on numerous advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological criteria for foods.

SOURCE — International Food Protection Training Institute


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