About The Author

Merilee A. Kern

Children's health advocate Merilee A. Kern, MBA has worked in the $30 billion plus weight loss industry for over half a decade, including a multi-year tenure as a marketing and public relations executive for eDiets.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIET), a premier online nutrition, fitness and healthy living destination, as well as the pioneering, industry-leading weight-loss incentive purveyor HealthyWage. As a journalist dedicated to raising awareness on the issue of Childhood Obesity, Ms. Kern has authored numerous articles on the topic that have been published in media outlets nationwide.

Ms. Kern is a life-long fitness enthusiast and a former bodybuilding champion twice over, having previously won the titles of "Miss South Florida" and "Miss Palm Coast". She has participated in sports throughout her youth, and has spent all of her adult years devoted to good nutrition, fitness and healthy living - a lifestyle that she now imparts on her two children. Ms. Kern owns and operates Kern Communications (www.kerncommunications.com) - a boutique public relations and marketing agency. Kern earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.