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Smart for Life Named Manufacturer Of The Year!

manufacturer of the yearSmart for Life Named Manufacturer Of The Year 2013

Last Thursday evening, April 18th, at the SFMA (South Florida Manufacturing Association) awards banquet, Smart for Life® was presented the top honor of Manufacturer of the Year. Chosen from a sizable and diverse group of companies, several key members of our manufacturing team were recognized for their dedication to the operations, production and incomparable standards of excellence maintained at our pristine, bakery facility here in South Florida. Additionally, this same facility has been recognized, by Orkin, with a Perfect Cleanliness Score for four consecutive years.

Those attending on behalf of Smart for Life® were me, Dr. Sasson Moulavi, Owner and Medical Director; Richard Kayne, Chief Operating Officer; Anthony Ciotti, Operation/Facilities Manager; Elliot Chute, Food Safety/Compliance Manager; and Digna Cheney, Production Manager.

All of us at Smart for Life® are aware of the tireless effort and talent that go into earning such a prestigious award. It is with great appreciation that we thank those who are most directly responsible and with great pride and pleasure that we share in the light of this award.  On behalf of the amazing team that makes up all factions of Smart for Life®…Congratulations to all!

With this dedicated team, Smart for Life® will continue to produce and create amazing new products to enhance your healthy lifestyle and always give you something for which to look forward.

Try some of our delicious weight loss products today and take the fast, healthy track to your goal!

Health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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Dr. Sass Speaking at our Grand Opening

SmartforLife® Grand Opening With Dr. Sass Moulavi

Dr. SassSmart for Life held a Grand Opening Thursday at its new manufacturing facility in Riviera Beach. Dr. Sasson Moulavi speaking at the grand opening.

A ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Smart for Life’s newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 1210 West 13th Street in Riviera Beach, FL.  The event is being hosted by Palm Beach County and company founder, Dr. Sasson Moulavi.

The company produces nutritious baked food products that aid in weight loss under the trade marked names Smart for Life, ThinAdventure, The Cookie Diet, and Zilch.  It also licenses Smart for Life weight reduction centers in the U.S. and Canada.  Its major customers include Smart for Life Centers, Costco USA, Costco Canada, Walgreens, Sams Club Mexico, and Walmart.

The $3.1 million project was funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

DES worked closely with the business to complete its financing package through the Section 108 Loan and Energy Revolving Loan Fund programs to assist with working capital and energy retrofits at the new facility.  The company is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs.

This is the third manufacturing business to receive assistance through the Section 108 loan program that is located along West 13th Street, an important area of economic revitalization for the city.  Production commenced at the new site in August and the company reports that the energy improvements already have resulted in a reduction in electric costs.

DES estimates that the project will have an economic impact of $64.7 million over the next five years.

Guest speakers at the event will include District 7 County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, HUD Miami Field Office Director Armando Fana, and SBA Assistant District Director for Lender Relations Miguel Gonzalez.

Republished from: http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/1012/10-30-12_smart_for_life.htm

 

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Smart for Life Bakery Grand Opening

Smart for Life Bakery Grand opening – Cookie Diet

smart for life bakery grand opening

The Smart for Life bakery grand opening was Thursday at its new manufacturing facility in Riviera Beach.  Dr. Sasson Moulavi speaking at the grand opening. A ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Smart for Life’s newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 1210 West 13th Street in Riviera Beach, FL.  The event is being hosted by Palm Beach County and company founder, Dr. Sasson Moulavi.

 

 

 

 

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Government Now Stepping In and Urging Doctors To Screen For Obesity

The Need To Screen For Obesity

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A few weeks ago, a government health task force has urged doctors to screen for obesity, renewing the call.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for every adult to be screened for obesity duringcheckups, including calculating body-mass index (BMI) for each patient.  Obese patients should be referred to intensive nutrition and fitness help, says the panel, instead of just being directed to go on a diet.

Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese. About 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese and on track for diabetes, heart disease or other health problems.

Few doctors are trained to treat obesity, they’re discouraged by yo-yo dieting but they don’t know what to advise, says Dr. Glen Stream, President of the Physicians’ Group.  His Spokane, Wash., practice uses electronic medical records that automatically calculate BMI when a patient’s height and weight is entered.

“Our American culture is always looking for an easy fix, a pill for every problem,” Stream says. “The updated recommendation is important because it makes clear exactly what doctors should do to help.”

The task force concluded high-intensity behavioral interventions are the best non-surgical advice for the obese, citing insufficient evidence about lasting effects from weight-loss medications.

The task force says a good program:

-Includes 12 to 26 face-to-face meetings over a year, most in the first few months.
-Makes patients set realistic weight-loss goals. Losing just 5 percent of your initial weight — 10 pounds for a 200-pound person — can significantly improve health.
-Analyzes what blocks each patient from reaching those goals. Do they eat high-calorie comfort foods to deal with depression? Spend too much time at a desk job?
-Tailors ways to help people integrate physical activity into their daily routine.
-Requires self-monitoring, such as a food diary or a pedometer to track activity.

Medicare Now Pays For A Screen For Obesity

Last year, Medicare started paying primary care doctors for a screen for obesity and weight-loss counseling for seniors for a year, including weekly meetings for the first month.

By the numbers: A normal BMI is less than 25. Obesity begins at 30.  In between is considered overweight. To calculate yours: http://smartforlife.wpengine.com/bmicalculator.aspx.

The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet makes losing weight and keeping it off a lifestyle you can live with.  A healthy and nutritious success you can enjoy! -Dr. Sass

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Being Overweight Is A Lifelong Battle With Lots Of Pain

You Don’t Want The Lifelong Battle of Being Overweight

lifelong battle weight lossWe can help see why most overweight people have tried losing weight, but either fail or gain the weight back. It can be a lifelong battle.

As a fat ER doctor who lost 40 pounds and kept it off, I know how tough this is.

When I set up Smart for Life in Boca Raton to help people lose weight 10 years ago, our program was very successful. Since then we have made it even better.

 

-Ask yourself if the program you are doing or considering answers yes to all these questions.
-Are you seeing a doctor who concentrates on weight loss?
-Is he/she a member of the ASBP and ABBM and do they follow these best practices?
-Do they have natural ways to suppress appetite and if these fail do they have appetite suppressant prescription medication (pheteramine or Phendimetrazine) to dispense right at the office in Boca Raton?
-Do they have methods to break down your eating habits so you start eating correctly, small multiple meals through the day?
-Do the have other modalities to help you if you need it such as , HCG, MIC, B12, Lipotropic injections and more?
-Do they asses your metabolism with blood test? Caloric assessment and more?
-Do they assess how your weight affects your health such as body composition analysis, Lipid testing and more.
-Do they take most insurance?
-Do they do have studies to prove that there program works?
-Do they teach you to maintain your weight loss once you lose it?
-Do they have a supporting and friendly staff who truly care about people.
-Do they have a number you can call 24/7 ?

Dr. Sass and his team can say yes to all of the above. Dr. Sass has also lectured and been featured in many news articles and shows as a weight loss expert. People from all over come to Boca Raton to lose weight and get healthy. No matter what you do, lose the weight and stop your pain.

Start losing weight today! -Dr Sass Moulavi

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The Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss!

Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss

Foods keeping you from weight loss? As reported recently, potato chips and french fries, and generally any potato products, contribute to the biggest weight gain over time, according to a new Harvard study, which researchers say is the first to look at long-term weight gain pegged to specific foods.

Dr. Sass has known these facts to be true for some time and the study, conducted over 20 years and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that among more than 100,000 men and women whose weight was evaluated at four-year intervals, the average weight gain over each period was 3.35 pounds. This corresponded with an average weight gain just shy of 17 pounds over 20 years.

The researchers also tracked how much weight specific foods led people to gain over each four-year period.  Potato chips were the worst culprit, associated with a weight gain of 1.69 pounds, followed by potatoes in general at 1.28 pounds. (French fries were worse than boiled or mashed potatoes.) This, explained Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, could be because starches and refined carbohydrates produce bursts in blood glucose and insulin, increasing hunger and thus upping the total amount of food people eat at their next meal.

Non-Potato Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss:

There were plenty of non-potato culprits, too: Sugary beverages accounted for a one pound weight gain, while alcohol was linked with an average gain of 0.41 pounds over four years. Unprocessed meats accounted for a 0.95-pound uptick in weight, while processed meats were right behind at 0.93 pounds.

“Our findings indicate that small dietary and other lifestyle changes can together make a big difference, for bad or good,” Mozzafarian wrote in an email, adding, “For diet … eat fewer starches and refined foods like potatoes, white bread, low-fiber breakfast cereals, processed meats, sweets and soda.”

Instead, the study suggests, opt for healthier options if you want to lose weight.

“Common sense is very uncommon” Dr. Sass says and adds that “The age old adage of you are what you eat rings so true time and time again”.  People who added a daily serving of vegetables lost an average of 0.22 pounds over four years, the researchers found. People who added whole grains lost 0.37 pounds, and those who ate fruits shed almost half a pound. Nuts and yogurt also resulted in weight loss — all under one pound, but those losses can add up over time.

The authors point out that while these foods contain calories and fat as well, eating them usually causes people to avoid unhealthier, more calorie-dense options — “displacing” them, in a way — which ultimately leads to weight loss.

Also, because they have higher fiber content, they may be more satisfying.  “Satiety is a big thing,” said Jeannie Moloo, R.D., a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Consuming these foods [i.e. chips, sweet beverages and meat] could be less satiating and less filling, triggering hunger signals.” Moloo praised the study, saying it was important to have finally documented the advice that dietitians and medical practitioners have been giving for years.

Another example of this advice? The fact that being sedentary isn’t good for the waistline.  The study showed that changes in physical activity were related to long-term changes in weight, singling out TV watching as an example. Watching an hour of TV per day led to a 0.31 pound weight gain over each four year period — a finding the authors chocked up to people’s tendency to snack while they watch.

Sleep also plays a role: Participants who slept between six and eight hours a night were less likely to gain weight than those who got fewer than six hours or more than eight.

“Be active,” Mozzafarian said, “turn off the TV, and get enough sleep.”

Dr. Sass couldn’t agree more with this article and lists the foods associated with the most pounds gained and the least pounds gained over a four-year period.

  • Potatoes account for 1.28 pounds gained over a four-year period, with French fries being worse than mashed or boiled potatoes.
  • Sugary beverages account for 1 pound gained over a four-year period.
  • Unprocessed meat accounts for 0.95 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Processed meat accounts for 0.93 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Alcohol accounts for 0.41 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Yogurt accounts for 0.82 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Nuts account for 0.57 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Fruit accounts for 0.49 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Whole grains account for 0.37 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Vegetables account for 0.22 pounds lost over a four-year period.

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Smart for Life on Facebook

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SmartforLife Featured in TravelPod.com’s Vacation Getaway Disasters Contest

Travelers enter to win from TravelPod.com by submitting photos of yourselves and stories of your Vacation Getaway Disasters to Skychi Travels Facebook Fan Page.

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Travel Product Sample Giveaways- 7 Prizes

Tattooed by Inky, UNCL Clothing, HINT Water, Smart for Life Protein Bar

Love vacationing but hate the drag of traveling? Travel season is right around the corner, so maybe it’s time to update your travel bag essentials. From a trendy body spray and an on-the-go tooth whitener, check out the below products that jet setters such as Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, and Liv Tyler don’t leave home without!

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UNCL – The perfect loungewear to wear during a long flight, these sweatshirts, tee’s and hoodies are composed of a custom-blend of super soft materials. Plus, they are wrinkle-free so you can stuff them into your carry-on and not worry about a thing.
1st Prize – 1 UNCL Men’s Hoodie – White Size L

HINT Water – Keeping hydrated on the go has never been easier. This zero calorie, unsweetened essence water is the drink of choice to keep that beach body without adding those extra calories. HINT is available in 10 flavors and jetsetters like Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, and Lauren Conrad don’t leave home with out it.

3rd Prize –1 HINT Water – Blackberry 16 fl oz

4th Prize –1 HINT Water – Pomegrante-tangerine 16 fl oz

5th Prize –1 HINT Water – Watermelon 16 fl oz

Smart for Life Protein Bar – Sometimes you just don’t have the time to grab a bite on the run. With 18 grams of protein per bar, these delicious bars will keep hunger at bay and keep that bod travel ready!
6th Prize- 1 Smart for Life Green Tea Protein Bar 1.76 oz7th Prize – 1 Smart for Life Chocolate Protein Bar 1.76 oz

Read more: http://www.travelpod.co.uk/travel-blog-entries/skychi/39/1304679863/tpod.html#ixzz1OttovPVR

Is Diet a Dirty Word – Rich Mama Secrets

Is Diet a Dirty Word?

Ok, as the mother of girls, I struggle with this…the sad truth is that childhood obesity is a serious problem for Americans today. Being overweight in childhood sets you up for a host of adult diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, just to name two of the deadliest. Not to mention self esteem issues and a general inability to enjoy life to the fullest. On the other hand, the “mainstream” media bombards us with pictures of airbrushed, impossible to live up, super thin girls and women. While I enjoy my vegetables and exercise, I don’t want to spend all of my time running to the gym, or worrying about what I eat (which means I want my Trader Joe’s vanilla sandwich cookie without feeling guilty). So what’s a mother to do – just when should be worried about our kid’s weight? So we called in an expert: Sass Moulavi M.D. Medical Director of Smart for Life – aka Dr. Sass and asked him – is it ever okay to put a tween on a diet?

And here are his answers:

Q. Is it ever ok to put your kids on a diet – especially with girls – what has to do with the body naturally maturing vs. really gaining too much weight?

A. If the kids are overweight, and all parents should find out the child’s BMI, then yes, it’s okay to put them on a diet. The diet must be rich in nutrients and protein in order not to stunt growth. But the risks of staying overweight are much greater than going on a weight loss program.

Q.How do you know when to be concerned about their weight and/or eating habits? Who or what guidelines should you trust?

A. You must use the BMI scale adjusted for kids. Visit your family doctor or pediatrician. The USDA has a great BMI tool for kids or visit www.smartforlife.com/ChildrensProgram.

Q. What are some tips that any tween girl and her family can use for healthy weight management?

The key is for them to have a high protein, low sugar breakfast. Excellent examples are egg white omelets and Smart for Life cookies, cereals and granola squares. Cut out all sugary drinks and junk food. Increase the amount of green leafy vegetables. Eat small, multiple meals throughout the day. Never eat anything fried. Do one hour of exercise per day – anything counts (walking, dancing, skating, exercise).

Q. Overall, tweens get conflicting messages – on the one hand, the media shows us too skinny, but on the other hand, many Americans are overweight – how can parents reconcile this conflicting information and help girls have healthy body images?

A. Tweens often get conflicting messages. We want them to be a healthy weight. Once a tween knows what a healthy weight is for her height and age, it is very easy to get to that range. Many tweens will unfortunately think of themselves as too fat even when they are at a healthy weight. Parents, doctors, teachers should get involved in explaining to these young girls what a healthy weight is and that a certain amount of fat is necessary for a healthy body and a long life.

Q. What else should parents be concerned about?

A. Obesity is a big problem in America and children are not excluded. The main causes of childhood obesity are the following:
• Huge increase in portion sizes in restaurants, schools, fast food and at home
• An increase in sedentary kids sitting in front of the computer, television, electronic hand-held games, etc.
• Very powerful advertising from the food industry showing high-calorie, sugary foods that are supposedly “good for you”
• High fructose corn syrup being added to sodas, juices and many other foods that provide lots of calories, no nutrition, and actually make kids hungrier than they truly are, so they eat more
• Finally, overweight kids are now almost the norm. It is not unusual to see a group of kids where 50% of them are overweight. When such a big number of kids are overweight, there is very little incentive to lose weight because kids and their parents feel fine because “everyone else is like that.”

Parents are the key to prevent obesity in their children. Parents must vote with their wallets and not buy poor quality, sugary food. Parents must lobby the food industry and government agencies for better quality food, labeling and healthier choices. Parents must educate their children on nutrition and its link to health just like they educate about “Stranger Danger”, Smoking, Drug and Alcohol abuse, even car seat safety. Parents need to set an example and share how some foods are bad for children. Schools should offer healthier food choices including white milk without sugar added! The medical community and insurance companies have to get serious about this issue as well and work with families, schools, and children’s organization to educate, inform and monitor children.

So what can you do to help an overweight/obese child? Consider Smart for Life’s THIN ADVENTURE or another healthy, balanced diet alone and incorporate exercise with it. If your child does not lose weight, seek the help of a medical professional. Overweight children get adult diseases much earlier including diabetes, heart disease and elevated cholesterol. These children should be screened to identify any of these symptoms and work with a medical professional to control the disease now rather than later. Keep in mind that overweight children also suffer from self-esteem issues and may need help with that as well. An overweight child becomes an obese adult.

The worst misconception about overweight/obese children is that a lot of parents think that their child is not suffering from being overweight. Many children tell their parents that they are okay with their weight and it does not bother them. Absolutely not true. Studies show that overweight kids do suffer socially and psychologically from their weight. Think about the rise in bullying in the schools; kids can be cruel and this will most certainly impact a child’s development, physically and emotionally. It is imperative that parents do not accept this type of answer from their kids, but instead learn how to talk to their kids about their weight in a gentle and supportive manner. Acting as a role model, providing encouragement and motivation, and becoming an advocate for better nutrition will ultimately be one of the best contributions a parent can make towards their overweight child’s fight to lose the weight.

 

Dr. Sass Moulavi boca ratonDr. Sasson E. Moulavi (Dr. Sass), M.D. is the Medical Director of Smart for Life™ Weight Management Centers (www.smartforlife.com) headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He completed post graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Moulavi holds Board Certification in Bariatric Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. He has completed the Annual Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity at Harvard University and is a member of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine as well as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. For more than 13 years he has specialized in the study and treatment of Bariatric Medicine. Dr. Moulavi has directed the operation of multiple Weight Loss Centers in both the United States and Canada. Prior to 1995, he practiced as a family doctor in Canada. His passion is also to protect our planet by keeping our food supply clean of toxins and providing healthy choices for generations to come.

You can visit his Blog here:  http://www.smartforlife.com/Blog or at sit me at the Smart for Life Clinic in Boca Raton, Florida

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