Dr. Wendy Bazilian Recipient of Award Celebrating the Mediterranean Diet

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BOSTON, December 14, 2011—Today, Oldways, a Boston-based nonprofit, 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.

Submissions were accepted based on this year’s selected subject matter -- a celebration of the Mediterranean Diet -- and  were required to reflect one or more of Oldways founding principles: to be positive, practical, science-based, and tradition-based and to celebrate the pleasures of the table. Entries were open to news produced for any platform - print, broadcast or online; the prize was awarded to Dr. Bazilian for her Good Morning America Health segment, Boosting Brain Health with the Mediterranean Diet.

Dr. Bazilian, selected by a jury including journalists Mimi Sheraton, Judith Weinraub and David Rosengarten, plus Gifford’s daughter, Apple Gifford, and Oldways president, Sara Baer-Sinnott, will be awarded a trip to the Mediterranean region for her winning submission.

Dr. Bazilian’s expertise covers a wide range of subjects in the health and nutrition field.   She is an educator, lecturer, writer, and nutrition consultant and runs her own private practice, Bazilian’s Health Clinic, with her husband in San Diego, California. She is the author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients and in addition has published over 200 articles for corporate and other media.

“We would like to thank all who participated in this year’s K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award -- from the superb submissions to the judges involved in the selection process,” said Sara Baer-Sinnott, president of Oldways.  “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.  We are sure that Dun is smiling at this well deserved recognition.”

Gifford, an influential food advocate, started Oldways in 1990.  He believed that positive and practical solutions, grounded in science, traditions and delicious foods and drinks, would help address the threatening tsunami of chronic diseases. Gifford invited others intrigued by his vision – scientists, chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and journalists -- to join him at the Oldways Table to address this important challenge. By documenting and educating others about the healthy “old ways,” Oldways and its partners have made strides toward changing the way people eat.

For more information about Oldways, the complete award rules, or to stay informed about next year’s award please visit: http://www.oldwayspt.org/KDunGiffordAward or join the Oldways Facebook community: http://www.facebook.com/OldwaysPT

About Oldways

Oldways (www.oldwayspt.org) is an internationally-respected nonprofit, changing the way people eat through positive and practical programs grounded in science and tradition.  It is the parent organization for The Whole Grains Council and The Mediterranean Foods Alliance, and is well-known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.