NUTRISYSTEM SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD
To help broaden and deepen scientific understanding as part of our commitment to high quality weight management solutions, Nutrisystem has brought together a panel of leading experts in the field.
The Nutrisystem Science Advisory Board is composed of a team of renowned professionals, each with distinct backgrounds and expertise, who will help Nutrisystem evaluate existing research to enhance our current programs, as well as develop new programs of research related to the weight loss industry.
Arthur Agatston, M.D., is the Medical Director of Wellness and Prevention for Baptist Health South Florida. A pioneer in cardiac disease prevention, Dr. Agatston worked with Dr. Warren Janowitz to formulate the Agatston Score, a method of screening for coronary calcium as an indicator of atherosclerosis that is used at medical centers throughout the world and considered by most experts to be the best single predictor of a future heart attack. Dr. Agatston is a clinical professor of medicine at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His cardiology practice in Miami Beach is focused on preventing heart attacks in high-risk patients.
Known as the author of the internationally best-selling book, The South Beach Diet, his first nonacademic work, Dr. Agatston created his balanced approach to healthy eating to help his patients improve their blood chemistries and lose weight. Today, the South Beach Diet is the trusted choice of millions and there are more than 23 million copies of The South Beach Diet and its companion books in print worldwide. The lifestyle program has grown to include Web-based materials and a family of healthy and convenient foods, including delicious and nutritionally balanced bars and snacks, as well as a popular online program, SouthBeachDiet.com. Dr. Agatston’s most recent books, The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution and The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook, were published in 2013.
Dr. Agatston has published more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in medical journals and is a frequent lecturer across the U.S. and around the world on diet, cardiac imaging, and the prevention of heart disease. In recognition of his contributions to cardiac prevention, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) created the prestigious Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award in 2011, which is given annually to pioneers in cardiac prevention. Among his many television appearances, Dr. Agatston was featured along with President Bill Clinton on Sanjay Gupta’s 2011 CNN special, “The Last Heart Attack.”
Caroline Apovian, M.D., FACP, FACN — Medical Advisor
Dr. Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center and Co-Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Support Services at Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Apovian is an internationally recognized authority on nutrition and has been in the field of
obesity and nutrition since 1990. She was a recipient of the Physician Nutrition Specialist Award, given by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, and has published over 100 articles, chapters and reviews on the topics of obesity, nutrition and the relationship between adipose tissue and risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Evan Forman, Ph.D.
Dr. Forman is a Professor of Psychology and is the founding Director of the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (the WELL Center) at Drexel University where he oversees tenure track and research faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as undergraduate, Masters students and Ph. D. students. Dr. Forman’s work focuses on designing, refining, and implementing and evaluating innovative behavioral and technology-based treatments for obesity and related eating problems. Dr. Forman has authored over 150 manuscripts and is the author of the Effective Weight Loss books (Clinician Guide and Client Workbook) for Oxford Press’s Treatments that Work series. In addition, his research has been continuously supported by the national Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 10 years. Some of his recent projects include: Project Acitvate!, which is evaluating the independent and synergistic effects of specific weight control components, Mind Your Health, which evaluated a novel acceptance-based behavioral treatment (ABT) for obesity; Project Dash, which evaluated the effect of gamification and of computerized neurocognitive training aimed at helping individuals stay adherent to a healthy diet; OnTrack, a smartphone-based Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention (JITAI) that uses a machine learning to predicts and prevent lapses from a weight control diet; and ReLearn, an investigation of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) approach to optimizing intervention features for weight control. Dr. Forman was a previous chair of the Committee of Science and Practice for APA Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) and a recipient of the ABCT Mentorship Award.
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Ted is a healthcare professional experienced in collaborating with leading health and obesity experts for sound policy and innovation to address health needs and the obesity epidemic in North America. For the past 10 years, Ted has dedicated his career to understanding how to address health issues and needs created by obesity.
In 2009, Ted founded ConscienHealth to help experts and organizations work for evidence-based approaches to health and obesity. Through ConscienHealth, Ted works to advance changes in policy and public opinion that will allow new approaches to be developed and put into use. At ConscienHealth, Ted devotes half of his work to nonprofit advocacy, chairing The Obesity Society’s Advocacy Committee and serving on the Steering Committee for the STOP Obesity Alliance and the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition. Ted also works to help clients develop scientific, regulatory , policy, and business strategies that obesity experts can support.
Prior to ConscienHealth, in 2008, Ted completed a 26-year career with GlaxoSmithKline. As Director of Policy & Innovation for GSK Weight Control, Ted led the effort to identify, acquire, and gain approval to market the first ever non-prescription weight loss product in the United States, allī® (orlistat).Ted’s work aligning the commercial strategy for allī with the needs of consumers and advocates for public health played a critical role in securing FDA approval and a positive image for the brand in the marketplace. As a result of Ted’s work, major professional organizations and leading experts in obesity policy testified and wrote in favor of approval. Allī was one of the top consumer brand introductions of 2007 and Time magazine named allī one of the top ten medical breakthroughs of 2007.
In addition to his work in obesity, Ted has worked on diverse health issues, such as tobacco dependence, HIV, infectious diseases, GI health, cancer, and organ transplantation. Ted holds two degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration.