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Published:February 29th, 2008 06:18 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with James M. Rippe, M.D., Author Your Plan For a Balanced Life

Judyth Piazza chats with James M. Rippe, M.D., Author Your Plan For a Balanced Life

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

James M. Rippe M.D. is a best-selling author, a world-renowned cardiologist, and founder of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute. Known as the "father of the modern American walking movement,"

Dr. Rippe`s research organization has published hundreds of studies that form the scientific basis for high performance health. The author of 41 books, including 18 consumer health titles and 23 medical texts, Rippe continues writing, teaching, and developing fitness programs for corporations and professional athletes, and edits the only comprehensive textbook and journal in lifestyle medicine.

Dr. Rippe is married to a television news anchor, Stephanie Hart, and has four children.

About Start Making Choices "

Start Making Choices is a free program designed to help consumers achieve balance in their lives. It focuses on three universal components of a balanced life " nutrition, activity and well-being. The online resources and tools were developed exclusively by ConAgra Foods and Dr. James Rippe, a Harvard-trained cardiologist, author and pioneer in lifestyle medicine.


Your Plan For a Balanced Life
By James M. Rippe M.D.

Your Plan for a Balanced Life (Thomas Nelson Publishing 2008) provides real-world strategies that equip you to start making choices to achieve the balanced life most of us only dream of.

Most people work too much, eat the wrong foods, sleep too little, and don`t exercise. They are overweight, tired, and out of balance. Dr. Rippe understands the challenges of daily life and provides practical strategies in Your Plan for a Balanced Life that allow each person to start making simple, daily choices that will result in a life of healthy balance.

The groundbreaking program introduced in this book is based on the FDA`s MyPyramid Program and a new Wellness Pyramid developed by the Rippe Lifestyle Institute. Created by cardiologist and lifestyle medicine specialist James Rippe, MD, the Balanced Life Index is a scientifically proven test used to measure your success based on the three major components: Nutrition, Activity, and Wellness. It assesses where you are and shows where you can be.

About ConAgra Foods "

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE:CAG), is one of North America`s leading packaged food companies, serving grocery retailers, as well as restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Popular ConAgra Foods consumer brands include: Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt`s, Marie Callender`s, Orville Redenbacher`s, Reddi-wip, PAM and many others. ConAgra Foods is currently involved in a national promotion for Balance in Health, spearheaded by spokesman Dr. James Rippe. For more information, please visit

About Rippe Lifestyle Institute "

Founded by James M. Rippe, M.D., Rippe Lifestyle Institute is one of the leading research, communication and health promotion organizations in the world. Through research, publishing and partnering in health promotion and disease prevention projects, the various divisions and two locations of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute are helping empower people to lead healthier lifestyles with the passion, commitment and performance that have made RLI a leading authority on lifestyle and health.