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Winter 2016
Feature: A Growing Solution

The Zucker sisters share an identical passion for clean living

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win alumnae Judi and Shari Zucker, `83, wrote their first health book How To Survive Snack Attacks...Naturally! in high school. They became vegetarians after attending health conventions with their father Irwin Zucker, a trade show publicist.

After their first book, their father trademarked the nickname “The Double Energy Twins.” “We learned early on that being a twin attracts attention,” they said. “If we can use that attention to interest people to lead a healthy lifestyle, then we think it is fantastic!”

The twins thought they would go their separate ways in college when Judi decided to major in nutrition at UC Davis, while Shari enrolled at UC Santa Barbara. This didn’t last a year. Judi soon joined Shari at UCSB, where they both majored in ergonomics and worked as peer counselors for students with food disorders.

After graduating with honors, the Zuckers worked as spokespersons for General Mills’ Nature Valley Granola the double energy twins products. They continued writing books about plant-based diets and worked the morning talk show circuit, demonstrating allergyfree recipes and clean living tips on NBC’s TODAY Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda, Home & Family and the Better Show.

The Zuckers now lecture on health issues all over the country and are regular speakers at UCSB’s Health & Wellness Program. A key focus of their educational mission is encouraging sustainable eating. “The foods that are sustainable usually have higher nutrients and antioxidants too. We know that we are also supporting a more environmentally and socially responsible food system.”

Their mother’s struggle with dementia inspired their seventh book, The Memory Diet: More than 150 Healthy Recipes for the Proper Care and Feeding of your Brain. “Through our research, we learned what people could do to prevent dementia – from exercising, to avoiding processed foods.” The book will be released in May next year.

The twins are now busy mothers, balancing work, health and parenting all at once. They look forward to launching their own food and kitchen product lines, and are developing a health and fitness fitness show for radio and television. “Educating people about living a healthy lifestyle is fun for us,” they said. “Your health is your greatest wealth.”

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