CARLSBAD, CALIF. — Jenny Craig, Inc. plans to integrate DNA testing of specific nutrition and health genetic markers into its comprehensive weight loss plans. The company said it will use genetic testing to optimize results for its members by matching their genes to a personalized nutritional program.

The DNA test will be an optional offering for Jenny Craig members and includes a non-invasive cheek swab to identify unique genetic markers. A customized nutrition plan is created and shared with each member in a one-on-one setting.

"Our science-driven approach aims to provide better weight loss solutions that simplify healthy eating and gives our members the tools for overall better health," said Monty Sharma, president and chief executive officer of Jenny Craig. "By incorporating DNA testing into our program, Jenny Craig offers members an even more personalized plan designed to help optimize weight loss and work naturally with the body. We are excited about the test results to date and look forward to rolling out this new testing to other parts of the country."

DNA testing has been in development for the past year and is being offered at select Jenny Craig centers. Jenny Craig operates approximately 500 company-owned and franchised weight loss centers in the United States and Canada. The company offers to its members approximately 100 entrees, desserts and snacks developed by dietitians, nutritionists and professional chefs.