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Medifast, Inc. Announces Winners of 2006 Medifast Star Contest
Real People, Real Results

Medifast, Inc. announced today that it has chosen 10 winners of the 2006 Medifast Star contest. The contestant's stories will be the highlight of the companies new advertising campaign, which will begin later this fall and throughout 2007.

Thuxoan Tsang, Medifast contest winner who dropped 6 dress sizes on the Medifast program says, "My husband, who is an OB/GYN, and I researched the Medifast plan and philosophy. He liked the fact that the plan did not deprive me of carbs, proteins, fats or nutritional supplements, just calories. Each week, I lost 2-4 pounds! I found that it was a no-brainer to follow the diet."

The contest winners are currently visiting Medifast headquarters and filming the Company's new ad campaign. During their visit, the winners are also enjoying some pampering from the company. Winners received a shopping spree with a fashion consultant, a makeover and events hosted by the Medifast corporate staff. 10 winners were chosen from hundreds of applications from satisfied Medifast clients.

Brent Mouzakis, Medifast contest winner says, "I remembered seeing a TV commercial for Medifast and told my wife that the next time I saw that TV commercial I was going to contact them for info. It was after consulting my doctor about the program the decision was made. After 6 months on the program, I have lost a total of 148 pounds and eliminated my need for high blood pressure, cholesterol and pre-diabetes medications. I feel great!! It's hard to put into words the feeling that you get from such a huge life change."

The recent launch of the MyMedifast online community has been a tremendous success with thousands of clients enrolled and actively using the robust meal planner, message boards, blogs and library. The online support tool is unique because it is fully customizable to the Medifast program including weight loss, transition and maintenance phases. Medifast is confident that MyMedifast will play a vital role in increasing customer retention by helping customers maintain their weight loss for the long term.

Jennifer Peterson, Medifast contest winner who lost 50 pounds says, "From day one, something clicked. My cravings, my need for "snacks" and fast/fatty food all went away. The message boards and website gave me the confidence in myself that it could be done. I still go on the boards from time to time and read other successes and have posted there as well in support to the newbies." Jennifer has been maintaining her weight loss for over 4 months using Medifast's maintenance plan and sees it as a permanent lifestyle change.

The Company recently launched a new book, "The Secret is Out, Medifast, What Physicians Have Always Known About Weight Loss" which has been a success and a real value-add for our Medifast clients. The book debunks popular dieting myths, and offers plans tailored to specific health needs, including diabetes, coronary health, joint health and women's health. The book also highlights Medifast as a safer alternative to bariatric surgery and appetite suppression medications.

John Zervas, Medifast contest winner says, "Since beginning my diet, I have lost approximately 150 pounds. I went from a size 54L suit to a 44L. In addition, each and every medical problem I had prior to losing the weight is now gone. And I did it all on Medifast and did not have to resort to surgery! I can very sincerely say that Medifast has changed my life."

The Medifast book is currently available through, from your local Take Shape for Life health advisor as well as select physicians offices, clinics and online book retailers like

"It is a consumer driven world and today Medifast is more connected with its customer base than ever before. We offer a menu of options for our clients to receive support on the clinically proven Medifast program, from our growing network of physicians and clinics to our robust website as well as our national network of health advisors. We are seeing positive trends in customer retention because of our diverse strategy to support clients based on their individual needs. Medifast would like to congratulate all of the Medifast stars and our loyal client base that remind us every day of why we work so hard to make this company great. You are an inspiration to all," says Jaime Elwood, vice president of corporate communications for Medifast.

To read more about the Medifast contest winners, visit and click on success stories.

About Medifast

Medifast is the leading easy-to-use, clinically proven meal replacement program. Medifast has been recommended by 15,000 physicians and used by over one million customers. Its programs have been proven effective through studies by researchers from major university teaching hospitals. The company sells its products and programs direct to consumer via the web and national call centers as well as through its national network of physicians and clinics, and Take Shape for Life program. Medifast was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

SOURCE: Medifast, Inc.

CONTACT: Erin Grecu, +1-410-367-2700, for
Medifast, Inc.