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Oldways Journalism Award Celebrates Mediterranean Diet

Dec. 15, 2011
Elena Paravantes

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Wendy Bazilian (right) on the set of Good Morning America

Oldways, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion known for cre­at­ing the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and the Whole Grain Stamp announced Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD as the recip­i­ent of the inau­gural K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award.

The award, named in honor of Oldways’ late founder, rec­og­nizes and hon­ors the impor­tant role of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in chang­ing the way peo­ple eat.

This year’s sub­ject mat­ter was a cel­e­bra­tion of the Mediterranean diet. Dr. Bazilian was awarded for her seg­ment on the tele­vi­sion show Good Morning America, Boosting Brain Health with the Mediterranean Diet.”

Bazilian talked about the role of the Mediterranean diet for brain health, par­tic­u­larly as we now live longer. She noted that monoun­sat­u­rated fats such as those found in olive oil main­tain the elas­tic­ity of blood ves­sels while the fat in nuts play an impor­tant role in improv­ing coor­di­na­tion, bal­ance and spa­tial memory.

Dr. Wendy Bazilian is an impor­tant health advo­cate and sup­porter of the Mediterranean Diet and presents infor­ma­tion in her Good Morning America seg­ment that is approach­able and elo­quent”, said Sara Baer-Sinnott, pres­i­dent of Oldways.

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Bazilian will be awarded a trip to the Mediterranean region for her win­ning submission.

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