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Release date: 6/22/2012


Three Winners Recognized for Best Practices in the Use of Nutrition Supplements

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF (June 22, 2012) – Pharmavite LLC, the maker of Nature Made® vitamins and dietary supplements, in partnership with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation (AANP Foundation), is pleased to announce the recipients of the Nature Made® Nutrition Awards. The awards recognize extraordinary work in one of the following areas: prescription drugs and nutrition depletion, obesity and malnutrition, and frequency of discussions with patients about the use of supplements.

The awards were presented to recipients by James Brooks, Ph.D., vice president, Science and Technology, Pharmavite at the annual AANP Foundation Honors Dinner in Orlando, Fla. on June 21, 2012.

“Nurse practitioners play an important role in educating patients on the importance of making healthful choices. Their influence on issues such as obesity, malnutrition and nutrient depletion is a key component to developing healthier patients,” said Brooks. “We are pleased to partner with the AANP Foundation on the Nutrition Awards and to extend our praise to nurse practitioners for their dedication to finding nutrition solutions.”

The 2012 Nature Made Nutrition Award winners are:

  • Frances M. Sahebzamani, Ph.D., ARNP, FAANP of Tampa, Fla.
    $10,000 grant award winner for “Malabsorption Anemia, Iron Supplementation, Self-Management Strategies and Adherence in Post- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patients”
  • Janine T. Baer, Ph.D., RD, CNP of Centerville, Ohio
    $3,000 grant award winner for “Obesity and Malnutrition: Implications for Dietary Supplements”
  • Jena M. Simon, FNP-BC, MS, RN, Caroline Cromwell, MD, and Andrea Branch, Ph.D. The Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, N.Y.
    $3,000 grant award winner for “Randomized Trial of Nutritional Vitamin D2 Versus Vitamin D3 for Treatment of Low Bone Density, Albuminuria, and Pain in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease”

“We also extend our sincere thanks to Nature Made for their support of nurse practitioners,” said Kay Todd, Ph.D., CAE, AANP Foundation executive director. “We value the brand’s longstanding commitment to reducing barriers for taking vitamins, so that people can simply and easily get the nutrition they need to live in the best possible health.”

Research shows that the quality of the American diet gets a failing grade. According to the Healthy Eating Index, adults (19+ years) rank 50 out of 100 on the quality of their diets. In addition to incorporating healthier food choices, dietary supplements can be helpful to meet nutrient shortfalls.

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About Pharmavite LLC:
For over 40 years, Pharmavite LLC has earned and maintained the trust of healthcare professionals, consumers, and retailers by manufacturing high-quality vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, and all-natural foods under its Nature Made® and SOYJOY® brand names. Nature Made vitamins is the number one broad-line supplement brand in the food, drug, club and mass channels. SOYJOY is an all-natural, nutrient-rich food baked with whole soy and real fruit. Based in Northridge, California, Pharmavite LLC operates as a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. For more information, please visit

About the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation:
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation (AANP Foundation) began operations in March 1998 as an independently incorporated 501(c)(3) philanthropic, nonprofit organization. The AANP Foundation is proud to be the first national foundation of its kind working to benefit nurse practitioners of all specialties. Many AANP Foundation programs are exclusive AANP member benefits. For more information, visit

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