The revolution grows

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According to market research firm comScore, the Revolution Health Network had the seventh highest percent increase in unique visitors on the Internet from June to July of this year. In June, our sites had 3,047,000 unique total visitors versus 4,014,000 the following month, marking a 32% increase.

In other news, I’m heading out of town for a weekend of beaches, bar reviews and good grub in Charleston, South Carolina (above, one of the city’s main drags, Broad St.). But not before dinner tonight at Agraria.

I’ll have a full report next week.

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Everything should taste like bacon

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One of the first cookbooks ever in my collection was a real gem: Everything Tastes Better with Bacon. It showcases 70 recipes on incorporating the delicious, artery-clogging fifth food group into every meal. But as much as I love bacon, working in Weight Management has also made me more attuned to its health effects: basically, sodium, nitrites and calories are not so good for you.

Now, I’ve got a post up at Revolution Health with the answer: Bacon Salt. It’s a zero calorie, zero fat, zero carb, vegetarian and Kosher seasoning that makes everything taste, like, bacon awesomeness. Available in three flavors, Original, Peppered and Hickory, this stuff has found a prominent place on my spice rack — and is already being sprinkled on eggs, burgers and anything else that needs a little bacon love.

What doesn’t?

What’s new at Rev Health

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Recently, I’ve been busy working on some new and exciting features for the Weight management center at Revolution Health.

The first, Project PACT (Parents and Children Together), is a straight-forward and realistic four-step plan meant to help parents combat childhood obesity. We continue to hear that it’s a growing problem, but did you know that researchers predict nearly half the children in North America will be overweight by 2010? Project PACT is intended to act as a resource in the fight against this.

We’ve also recently launched Obesity in America, an interactive map that shows how the nation’s waistline has expanded since 1990. In that year, 11.6% of the country was obese – last year, that percent had more than doubled to 25.1%. You can also watch the spread and also see which states are the fittest … and fattest.

Anyway, let me know what you all think of these. Hopefully, I’ll be back to posting semi-regularly here again soon.

Steve speaks to the WaPo

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Steve Case just spoke about RevolutionHealth.com during a WaPo chat.

In response to a question about further engaging consumers, he said: “As I mentioned we just launched two months ago, and are in the building mode. Like AOL, we want to constantly improve the service, and also believe happy customers are the best marketing, so word of mouth is key. But we have gone from a site with no users a few months ago to several million monthly users today. And we’re just getting going.”

Is Alli your ally?

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Alli, the first FDA-approved, over-the-counter weight-loss drug hit store shelves last week. I’ve put together a special package at Revolution Health that sorts out all you need to know about it.

Taken three times a day with each meal, the drug blocks the absorption of some of the fat in the foods you eat. Unlike other weight-loss products, it does not affect your brain or heart. Combined with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, the drug manufacturer (GlaxoSmithKline) claims that Alli can help you lose 50% more weight than dieting alone – so instead of losing 10 pounds, you could lose 15.

It’s not without “treatment effects” though that may include: “gas with oily spotting, loose stools and more frequent stools that may be hard to control.” Patients can expect these to occur if they consume greater than 15 grams of fat at each meal. The companion book to Alli is more blunt: “Until you have a sense of your treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants and bring a change of clothes with you to work.”

Still considering it? Here’s what a group of four medical experts had to say about the drug.

Revolution happenings

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Hitwise has reported that for the week ending May 26, 2007, Revolution Health was “ranked #11 in the Health & Medical – Information category, and traffic increased by 113% since the week ending April 28, 2007, when it was ranked #23.”

As NextNet further elaborates, this gives RH.com a 1.57% market share in this category — and the rise is “due to traffic sent by search engines like Google and Ask.com.”