GotProHealth and Metagenics Form Partnership to Help Players

Aug 13, 2012

Partnership Supports Wellness for Professional Athletes with Lifestyle Medicine

Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on reducing chronic health conditions and improving health, and GotProHealth, a national complementary medicine provider network dedicated to providing current and former NFL players and their families referrals to quality professionals, today announced a strategic alliance for the purpose of advancing awareness of patient-centered approaches and increasing access to healthy living strategies. “This partnership will allow GotProHealth to include practitioners who are trained and certified in one of the best lifestyle medicine programs available,” commented Willy Pardinas, Senior Vice President, Americas at Metagenics. “GotProHealth providers will be able to incorporate programs like Metagenics' FirstLine Therapy® into their practices to change the way they help professional athletes and their loved ones manage, reduce risks for, or even reverse chronic illness.”

Leading health organizations now recommend therapeutic lifestyle changes as the “first line of therapy” for treating and reducing common risk factors associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and conditions related to aging. The FirstLine Therapy lifestyle medicine program incorporates a low-glycemic-load eating plan, nutritional recommendations (including medical foods), exercise, and stress management. To date, Metagenics has certified over 4,000 healthcare professionals in the FirstLine Therapy program, assisting in the implementation of a patient-friendly program that has been clinically shown in a joint university study to reverse established markers of metabolic syndrome.

GotProHealth is an approved member program of the NFL Players Association and has been working to educate its members on current health and wellness strategies, as well as providing a network of premier practitioners and health-related advisors across the nation—including osteopaths, chiropractors, integrative MD's, naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists, and nutritionists. GotProHealth is expanding its reach to include other professional sports organizations in the very near future. These additional members will also have ready access to the network of health care professionals certified in the FirstLine Therapy lifestyle medicine program, as well as other participating practitioners that offer Metagenics nutritional protocols to promote health. President of GotProHealth and former NFL running back Ken Jenkins, stated, “We are ecstatic to have Metagenics as an ally in this fight for health and wellness—not only for our players but also for the public at large.”

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