MEDIA ALERT: The Road to a Winning Plate with Functional Foods

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Contact: Matt Raymond
202-296-6540 or 202-701-8487

International Food Information Council Foundation

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The Road to a Winning Plate with Functional Foods

With the 2012 Summer Olympics upon us, the IFIC Foundation has been working with athletes and world renowned dietitians to inspire Americans to think differently about food as fuel and to enhance performance.

Did you know that even elite athletes do not need a diet substantially different from what is recommended in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? According to the International Olympic Committee Report on Nutrition, both elite and recreational athletes (the rest of us) should eat a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals, does not drastically reduce carbohydrates, protein or fat, and is centered on fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources and healthful fats.

Detailed information on diet strategies incorporating foods that can also be included in the diet to improve overall health and performance, so-called functional foods, is only a click away.

Speak to our nutrition experts:

LESLIE BONCI  – MPH, RD, CSSD --Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; sports dietitian to University of Pittsburgh Athletics; the Pittsburgh Penguins; Pirates and Steelers; Washington Nationals; and Toronto Blue Jays:; phone: 412.559.5974

SUSAN KUNDRAT  – MS, RD, LDN – Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences Program Director, Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:, phone:  414.229.5597

ELIZABETH B. RAHAVI, RD – Director, Health and Wellness

International Food Information Council & Foundation:, 202-296-6540

Throughout the 2012 summer Olympics, the IFIC Foundation will be taking to our Facebook page, Twitter handles, @FoodInsight and @IFICMedia, website,, and blog to start a conversation about nutrition, performance and foods that can promote health.

We invite you join our conversation! 

Suggested Tweets:

#London2012.  You can benefit from healthy foods just like an Olympic athlete. #FoodInsight  

#London2012. How do you fuel your inner athlete? Optimize your health and wellness with the right food.

Go #TeamUSA! Here are some tips on how nutrition can help you accomplish your goals each day.