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'Joy Fit Club' Host Joy Bauer to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Joy Bauer, one of the nation’s leading health authorities, will give a free public talk at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 18. Part of the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series, Bauer’s presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

As the nutrition expert for NBC’s “Today” show, Bauer shares practical advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier lives. She hosts the program’s popular “Joy Fit Club” series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise. Together with Florence Henderson, she also hosts “Good Food, Good Deeds” on the RLTV network.

Bauer is the author of multiple New York Times best-selling books, including “The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration” and “Joy Bauer’s Food Cures: Eat Right to Get Healthier, Look Younger, and Add Years to Your Life.” She delivers fresh, cutting-edge health content to millions through her website, popular YouTube series “What the Heck Are You Eating” and monthly column in Woman’s Day magazine.

Bauer holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in nutrition. She previously served as director of nutrition and fitness for the “Heart-Smart Kids Program” in Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Pediatric Cardiology and as nutrition consultant for Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She has been honored with the 2010 National Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the 2012 American Society of Nutrition Science Media Award.

Sponsored by Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series honors the 1968 Ithaca graduate who became an Emmy Award–winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers have included Lester Holt, Ann Curry, David Muir ’95, Andrea Mitchell and Natalie Morales.

Bauer’s appearance also serves as the kickoff to the Park School’s Media for Social Responsibility minicourse, which this year will focus on “Media Coverage of Global Nutrition.” Students will examine how the media are dealing with key issues surrounding the global food crisis and develop proposals for how media companies can effect positive change.

Other speakers for the course will include:
Brooke Bailey Johnson, president of Food Network
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, winner of the 2001 World Food Prize
Urvashi Rangan, director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports
Bettina Luescher, chief spokesperson for North America for the World Food Programme
Julian Cribb, author of “The Coming Famine”

For more information contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or