Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Discovery Health Empowers Consumers to Take Control of Their Health and Wellness With New Online Resources at Discoveryhealth.com

Discovery Health Empowers Consumers to Take Control of Their Health and Wellness With New Online Resources at Discoveryhealth.com

PR Newswire via NewsEdge Corporation :

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Health Media Enterprises unveiled an expanded offering of online consumer resources today with an exciting slate of new features for its popular online site, http://www.discoveryhealth.com. The website features more than 35 health centers, including a new "Healthy Living" section, as well as enhanced search functions for health and wellness information on the Web. Discoveryhealth.com also introduces a new 24-hour broadband channel, Discovery Health Beyond. Launching with more than 500 short-form video clips, Discovery Health Beyond showcases everything from expert advice, tips and chats to exclusive content highlighting news and trends in health care today.

"Today's consumers are more proactive about their health care needs, and technology is there to better serve them," said Len Tacconi, president, Discovery Health Media. "When searching for information on health and wellness, consumers look for sources they trust, presented with the features only the Web can provide -- quality content, streaming video and podcasts, expert advice and a virtual community. Discoveryhealth.com delivers these benefits by dispensing independent health and wellness information that is real and relevant to the needs of people today."

Discoveryhealth.com's 35 health centers are dedicated to specific diseases and conditions, as well as health topics such as wellness, fitness and nutrition, pregnancy and parenting and sex and relationships. The health centers feature in-depth editorial and high-quality video and audio segments that equip consumers with the information they need to feel mentally prepared, emotionally supported and physically able to tackle the joys and challenges of life.

Discoveryhealth.com expands its current offering beyond the state of medicine and condition centers with the "Healthy Living" section, which focuses on wellness and the creation of a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. "Healthy Living" features new information from some familiar faces at Discovery Health, including senior medical correspondent Dr. Mehmet Oz and chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness Dr. Pamela Peeke. The center also introduces two new wellness correspondents, natural living expert Sara Snow and lifestyle guru Dan Ho. Their two new primetime series launching in January are GET FRESH WITH SARA SNOW and THE DAN HO SHOW.

In GET FRESH (Premieres Thursday, January 4, at 8 PM ET/PT), Sara shows accessible ways to make natural living everyday living through the food you buy, the clothes you wear and the products you use. Sara's philosophy focuses on the small things you can do to create a healthier life.

A fun and refreshing new primetime series that demonstrates how simplification can lead to a healthy body and soul, THE DAN HO SHOW (Premieres Thursday, January 4, at 9 PM ET/PT) illustrates that success in the home, health and happiness stem from your spirit. Applying his unique, offbeat personality, Dan shows viewers how to create style from their inner spirit through segments on cooking, health and decorating.

The newest of Discovery Communications' broadband channels, Discovery Health Beyond, accessible from the Discoveryhealth.com home page, goes beyond fan sites to serve consumers who are looking to better manage their health and wellness with extensive, thought-provoking content and interactive community features. Upcoming highlights include Discovery Health Beyond's original short programming featuring His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, with advice on longevity and optimal health. The Dalai Lama shares his views on the new revolution in Western science that integrates Eastern and Western perspectives as they pertain to longevity, regeneration and health.

As part of the site enhancement, Discoveryhealth.com has entered into a partnership with Kosmix, a leading search engine company. Kosmix is unique in that it allows consumers to refine their health-related search in a well- organized, targeted way. Discoveryhealth.com will incorporate Kosmix Health search results into the website.

In addition to the Kosmix partnership, Discoveryhealth.com continues to provide exclusive content through Discovery Health's established relationships with the most credible organizations in the health and medical community, including the American Heart Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and the American Diabetes Association.


Built upon a highly trusted brand, Discovery Health Media provides access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for research tools, expert advice and customized products and services to give consumers the most relevant and credible health and medical information. Discovery Health Media is comprised of the Discovery Health Channel and FitTV television networks and online assets including http://www.discoveryhealth.com, as well as its Continuing Medical Education (CME) business. This October, the new unit will launch Discovery's first stand-alone VOD service, Discovery Health On-Call, as an additional media platform.


Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media company with operations in 170 countries and territories reaching 1.4 billion cumulative subscribers. DCI's over 100 networks of distinctive programming represent 28 trusted brands including Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery Education and COSMEO, a revolutionary online homework help service, as well as Discovery Commerce, which operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S. Discovery brings the real world to the whole world through its global multiplatform initiatives including Discovery Travel Media, Discovery Mobile and multiple broadband services. DCI's ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB), Cox Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's Founder and Chairman. More information about Discovery and its businesses can be found at http://www.discovery.com.

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