Since 1975, more than 100,000 guests at the Pritikin Center and millions world-wide have prevented or reversed health challenges like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Their stories are both motivational and inspiring.
Want to glow like a beauty queen no matter your age? Read about Shirley Martin, a New York City "Miss Subways" in 1960 and for the last 25+ years a devotee of Pritikin living. At 75, she really does glow with good health.
"They exceeded my expectations! I'm looking forward to coming back, and bringing my parents with me."
|Carolyn Schappert | Vice President International Operations, HPS Inc.
"There’s just one word I’d use to describe my Executive Health Exam at Pritikin - perfect! Everyone - my doctors, the chefs, the educators, the concierge staff - were so kind and professional. They exceeded my expectations! I’m looking forward to coming back, and bringing my parents with me."
|Bobby McFerrin | Ten-Time Grammy Award Winner
The Creator of "Don't Worry Be Happy"
"We had a wonderful experience and really enjoyed the healthy and supportive environment. It was the perfect respite for my wife and I. We'll be back for a tune up. It was a perfect combination of health, wellness and relaxation."
|DANIEL KANOUSE | Downingtown, Pennsylvania
"When my doctors told me 20 years ago I needed coronary bypass surgery, I told them I had a better solution. I went to Pritikin instead. I'VE NEVER HAD ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH MY HEART. No chest pains. No angioplasty. No bypass surgery. Every six months, I see my cardiologist and take a battery of tests, and every six months he says that my coronary risk profile is right on target."
|Wavy Gravy | Berkeley, California
Since he stood on the stage of the original Woodstock concert in 1969 and announced, “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" Wavy Gravy (aka Hugh Romney) has become world-famous as a cosmic cut-up, inspiration for a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and most importantly, his good works on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents.
|CHARLES B. RANGEL | U.S. Congressman, New York
"I've been on a lot of diets, so I'm well aware of the struggle to lose weight and keep it off. . . but something happened down in Florida at the Pritikin Longevity Center, and now, all the things I used to eat, like fried eggs and bacon, I just don't want anymore. I've developed a taste, a real liking, for fruits and vegetables, and soups and salads. I don't even feel as if I'm on a diet. I'm very happy I went to Pritikin . . . Pritikin is a life-changing experience with lifelong rewards."
|JUNE FOWLER | Washington, D.C.
"I was very ill. My blood pressure was dangerously high, 220/115, and I was on three blood pressure medications. I was feeling very blue and weak. I even missed the christening of my goddaughter's baby. But by my third day at Pritikin, my blood pressure had shot down so low that I couldn't even believe it. I'm so thrilled! My blood pressure is now normal, and I'm off all my medications. Plus, I have so much energy! I just feel 100% better. I'm proud of Pritikin, and I'm proud of myself."
|Herb Rafael | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
"I'd been on blood pressure medication since I was 20 years old. Well, after four days at Pritikin, my blood pressure literally plummeted! It's been nine months since I was at Pritikin, and my blood pressure is STILL LOW--116 over 68. I've lost 70 pounds, and my cholesterol is 113! I have a good friend, a physician, who'd been encouraging me for years to come to Pritikin. My only regret is that I didn't take his advice sooner. The lectures at Pritikin are superb, the food is delicious, and the benefits are mind-blowing!"
|GERRY KOGAN | Supreme Court Justice of Florida
"Over the years, I've probably tried every program you can think of to lose weight, lower cholesterol, prevent hypertension, and keep blood sugar in check. Without question, Pritikin is the one that works miracles."
|Susan Tabas-Tepper (mother) | Fritz Tepper (son)
Susan attended the Pritikin Family Program with her 11-year-old son Fitz. "The program was definitely a 10+ experience for Fitz. This was a child who never touched a vegetable! The Pritikin faculty really knew how to explain healthy living in kid terms. Fitz is no longer eating fruits and vegetables because "mom said so." He's eating them because he wants to."
"The True Benefit of Going to Pritikin is the Example My Wife and I Have Been Able to Set for Our Two Daughters."
|Michael Poulz | Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
The true benefit of going to Pritikin is the example my wife and I have been able to set for our two daughters. We want our kids to grow up learning and living the right habits. When my younger daughter was only three years old, she was already saying things like, "Daddy, look, I'm eating fruits and vegetables. I'm going to grow."
|WILLIAM H. FRIEDMAN, M.D. | Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
St. Louis, Missouri
"I think all my patients would benefit from a trip to the Pritikin Longevity Center. The Center is not just a diet program; it's a longevity program that provides an eye-opening education on nutrition and health...It was striking to me how much I personally learned at Pritikin about nutrition. I have no doubt whatsoever that if you follow the principles you learn there, you will live longer, you will live better, and you will consider it one of the best investments you have ever made."
|LUIS BESSONE, M.D. | Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
"As a heart surgeon, I am convinced that the optimal lifestyle program for avoiding cardiovascular disease is the Pritikin Program. It is the premier plan for reducing risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar, and excess weight."
|EDGAR H. BATCHELLER, JR., M.D. | Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Jacksonville, North Carolina
"I was so impressed with the Pritikin Longevity Center that I am personally calling physician friends to say that the best thing they could ever do for their patients is refer them to Pritikin. I was thrilled to hear that Pritikin has a program to train medical residents in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and prevention. This is a program, more than any other in the world, that can save millions of lives. With the Pritikin Program, we doctors truly can wipe out heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity."
|RICHARD SHULDINER, D.O. | Corona, California
"When I was 45, I had a stress test and found out that I had coronary artery disease. My cardiologist recommended immediate bypass surgery, but I didn't want surgery. I went to Pritikin instead. That was 12 years ago. I've never needed bypass surgery."
"So, what has the Pritikin Program meant to me? My Pritikin lifestyle has kept me alive! Before Pritikin, my cholesterol was 360. After Pritikin, it was 130, and it's still 130. That speaks pretty loudly."
|MICHELLE TRULASKE | Young Presidents Organization Forum
"Our members are all young and in good health. Pritikin gave us the education to continue on a healthy path. And just in time! I came to Pritikin with poor eating habits. What a difference a few days at Pritikin made! All of us gained knowledge that has changed our lives forever."
|CHARLES SIGETY | Boca Raton, Florida
"My blood pressure this morning was 114/60. My cholesterol is 120. Not bad for an 80-year-old guy! In my 25 years of going to Pritikin, I've seen many, well, I have to call them miracles. I especially remember a pharmacist from Norfolk, Virginia. He was a diabetic. His doctors had told him that his toes and possibly his feet would need to be amputated. Instead of signing up for surgery, he flew out to Pritikin. At our graduating ceremony at Pritikin, 30 days after he arrived, he took off his shoes and stockings and showed everyone, his eyes full of tears, his big pink, healthy foot. Then he started dancing! And we all danced with him. Now that's a memory."
|ARNIE ZASLOW | Owner, ATD-American Company
"Twenty years ago, when I first went to Pritikin, I weighed 206 pounds. I lost 45 pounds - and I NEVER GAINED IT BACK. But more important than my weight loss is what Pritikin has meant to my health. You know all those diseases like hypertension and heart disease that people think they have to spend the rest of their life with? Well, that's baloney. It's just not true. I love being free of all that. I love being healthy."
|MICHAEL POULS | Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
"I've lost 78 pounds on the Pritikin Program. I've gone from 265 pounds to 187, from a size 44 waist to a size 34. I have this belt that I love, and I've had to put two extra holes in it to keep wearing it - that's a good problem to have! People ask me: Isn't the Pritikin Program rigid and difficult? I reply that I've tried every diet, including the Atkins diet. On Atkins, steak tastes like steak. Bacon tastes like bacon. I craved sugar, but you can't have any fruit on Atkins. With Pritikin, I can have just about everything I desire. I don't ever walk around feeling unsatisfied."