February 5, 2003

MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
PHONE: 410-502-8902
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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT NEWS TIPS

Listed below are story ideas from The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. To pursue any of these stories, call John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

FOOD APHRODISIACS – FACT OR FICTION?
With Valentine's Day around the corner, many will use food as a way to ignite the mood for love. Rumor has it that several cuisines carry a reputation for increasing the libido and are commonly believed to be aphrodisiacs. Cynthia Finley, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D., a registered dietitian from the Johns Hopkins' Weight Management Center, says the reputed sexual effects of so-called aphrodisiacs are based in folklore, not fact, and that there is no scientific proof that any food or beverage can treat sexual dysfunction or increase desire. Finley can provide insight on certain foods which carry important vitamins and minerals that can improve fertility and your love life, while separating food fact from fiction.

WEIGHT LOSS AND NUTRITION MYTHS: HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW?
Is it true that going vegetarian means you are sure to lose weight and be healthier? Are high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets a healthy way to lose weight? Are natural or herbal weight-loss products safe and effective? Do certain foods, like grapefruit, celery or cabbage soup burn fat and make you lose weight? Does eating after 8 p.m. cause weight gain? Does low-fat or no fat mean no calories? Cynthia Finley, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D., a registered dietitian from the Johns Hopkins' Weight Management Center, can offer insight on these and other nutritional myths.

EATING HEALTHY WITH ETHNIC FOOD
Want to try different ethnic cuisines to give yourself a tasty treat while counting calories and fat? Many ethnic cuisines offer lots of low-fat, low-calorie choices. So if you want to eat healthy and still have lots of different choices, take a taste adventure with ethnic foods. Bridget Nelson, a licensed nutritionist at the Johns Hopkins' Weight Management Center, can discuss these exotic and healthy food choices (lower in calories and fat) and help you make your selection.

NEW TRENDS IN EXERCISE ALTERNATIVES
Tired of using treadmills and dumbbells in your workout? Aching joints cut your game short on the court or hardwood? Frustrated that your exercise routine or program is not providing the results you crave? Johanna Hoffman, an exercise specialist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, can talk about new trends and healthier alternatives that will fight exercise monotony while helping you achieve your exercise goals.