oldways-journalism-award-celebrates-mediterranean-dietWendy 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.

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

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