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THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES DR. MICHAEL JACOBSON’S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

Friday, 14 July 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. - An advocate for nutrition and health will be honored during the 2006 International SPA Association Conference & Expo, Nov. 6 - 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Dr. Michael Jacobson, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is the recipient of the ISPA 2006 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award.

"ISPA is sincerely honored to recognize Dr. Michael Jacobson as the recipient of the 2006 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award," said ISPA Chairman Kate Mearns. "Through his relentless campaigning for healthy behavioral choices, Dr. Jacobson has profoundly impacted millions of individuals worldwide. He exemplifies the meaning of the word humanitarian."

Some of the criteria considered for potential recipients of this award include their contributions toward integrative medicine, active promotion of preventive health and appropriate lifestyle behavioral changes that contribute to longevity and quality of life. Dr. Jacobson's life work typifies these criteria. For more than 30 years, he has been an advocate for accuracy in food labeling and disclosure of nutrition information. Dr. Jacobson was among the first to combat junk-food advertising aimed at children and to address the nutritional quality of school meals. CSPI, the organization he co-founded in 1971, was the driving force behind consumer protections such as warning notices on alcoholic beverage labels and the Nutrition and Labeling Education Act, which required nutrition information to be included on food labels.

In 2002, ISPA renamed the Humanitarian Award the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award to ensure that the late Alex Szekely's vision for ISPA and humanity continue to resonate for years to come. Deborah Szekely accepted the award on her son's behalf in 2002 and in 2005, was the recipient herself. Deborah Szekely has presented the award to Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Cooper Institute and Aerobics Center and Ruth Stricker, founder of the Marsh, a Center for Balance and Fitness.

Visionary Panel, which is always one of the most memorable parts of the ISPA Conference & Expo.

About ISPA

SPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA's membership is comprised of more than 2,500 health and wellness facilities and providers from 73 countries. ISPA strives to advance the professionalism of the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, to promote the value of the spa experience to society and to be the authoritative voice of the spa industry.

Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.
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Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

Corporate:

Hay House Lifestyles

Precor Inc.

Platinum:

Bare Escentuals

Colorescience

CreativeSpa

Darphin

Jurlique

MD Skincare

Murad Inc.

Sanijet Pipeless Hydrotherapy

SpaBiz

TRUE

Universal Companies Inc.

Gold:

Aveda

B. Kamins, Chemist

Decleor

Dermalogica

Germaine de Capuccini, S.A.

IREDALE MINERAL COSMETICS

Payot, Division of Puig Prestige Beauty

ResortSuite

Silhouette Optical Ltd.

Skin Authority

SpaSoft/Springer-Miller Systems

Silver:

Aqua Detox USA

BABOR Cosmetics America Inc.

Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Cosmetiques France Laure (1970) Inc.

Cypress Bathrobes and Towels

Dani Bath & Candle

Green Dragon/Pink Lotus

HTI Collection

Imedeen

Jen Morgan Company

Joey New York

The Knot

New Harbinger Publications

Spa Finder Inc.

Spa Magazine

Spa-Addicts.com

The Wild Divine Project

Yon-Ka Paris

Bronze:

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

La Costa Resort & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa