Men's Health Month

American Pistachio Growers (APG) celebrated Men’s Health Month with a satellite media tour featuring three-time Olympian, Merrill Moses, and Becci Twombley, RD, to promote the health benefits of pistachios for heart health, aging (weight management and building of muscle tissue) and post-exercise recovery as it pertains to men.

APG ambassador and “Health Nut” spokesperson Merrill Moses, a retired member of the USA Men’s Olympic water polo team, shared his daily diet strategy, which included pistachios, for staying Olympian strong as he trained six days a week for six to eight hours a day and competed in the 2016 Olympics while turning 40 years old. Pistachios are the official snack of the USA Water Polo Team.

According to Merrill, “Any professional athlete will tell you that you get out of your body what you put into your body. Proper nutrition is just as important, if not more so, as training. Food not only serves as fuel but also can aid in recovery, which is essential in my game. Thrashing around in the water nonstop for one hour is the ultimate challenge, and that’s where pistachios come into play. They’re packed with protein, potassium and other nutrients that help replenish the body and promote muscle recovery, after intensive exercise.

Becci Twombley Sports Dietitian for University of Southern California Athletics and Anaheim Angels Baseball, shared five nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods—including pistachios—that anyone who wants to be healthier should include in a diet. The sports nutrition department at USC has gained nationwide recognition due to the priority the athletic department has placed on fueling athletes to optimize recovery. Becci’s mission is to fuel every cell in every athlete’s body with nutrient power foods such as pistachios so that training is more efficient, career longevity is maximized, and performance is optimized.

The satellite media tour was broadcasted on television morning news, lifestyle programs and online news sites in 17 markets including Bakersfield, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Columbus, Tampa, San Antonio and Minneapolis, among others. As a result, 160-plus million consumers viewed or heard our men’s health message.

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year in June. The purpose is to heighten awareness of preventative health measures and encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. To view a video clip from the satellite media tour, click here.

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