Danine Fruge, MD, ABFP

Pritikin Medical Director, 2003-2023

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  • MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • Treasurer of the American Medical Association LSU Chapter
  • State Project Chair, Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Florida Hospital Resident Research Award
  • Former President, Women In Medicine

“One of the greatest joys of my job is the many phone calls I get from my patients after they’ve returned home, telling me how much more weight they’ve lost – and how great they feel. As their doctor, there’s nothing more gratifying to hear.”

Dr. Frugé has enjoyed teaching and practicing the Pritikin Lifestyle for over 20 years. She is an avid exerciser who once completed the Disney marathon and now loves paddle boarding, cycling, and hiking.

To her patients at Pritikin, Dr. Frugé brings the enthusiasm and expertise of a doctor who practices what she preaches. Throughout her life she has enjoyed a diet abundant in natural, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. “When I was growing up,” she marvels, “my parents were so health-conscious that I never even stepped into a McDonald’s till my teen years.”

In 2003, Dr. Frugé completed medical residency work at the Pritikin Longevity Center and was so impressed with Pritikin’s educational program and quality of physician care that she applied for employment. “I love working at Pritikin because I truly believe that preventive medicine is the medicine of the future, and I intend to make it my life’s work. The Pritikin Longevity Center represents this work at its very best.”

With a family history of heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, and hypertension, Dr. Frugé chose to follow a healthy eating plan for disease prevention. In addition, she learned to “Pritikinize” the delicious Cajun-French cuisine from her husband’s culture.

She strongly believes in spirituality and mindfulness as a cornerstone for life purpose as well as for longevity, work-life balance, and stress relief.

As a busy mother, wife, and physician, Dr. Frugé studied sleep medicine to maximize her time and energy without jeopardizing her own health. She makes her home in Jupiter, Florida with her husband and 3 sons

Virtually every week, Dr. Frugé is interviewed by national and local media as a leading expert on healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.

“Pritikin empowers people to live up to their fullest health potential,” explains Dr. Frugé. “Within just a few days here, they start to feel the wonderful benefits of the Pritikin Program, like increased energy and new freedom from medications, which really motivates them to continue their new lifestyle.

“One of the greatest joys of my job is the many phone calls I get from my patients after they’ve returned home, telling me how much more weight they’ve lost – and how great they feel. As their doctor, there’s nothing more gratifying to hear. I love being their personal health coach.”

 

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