Jenny Craig (born Genevieve Guidroz in 1932 in Berwick, Louisiana) is an American weight loss guru and founder of Jenny Craig, Inc. Craig was raised in New Orleans and married Sidney Harvey Craig in 1979. In 1983, she and her husband created a nutrition, fitness, and weight loss program in Australia. They created Jenny Craig, Inc. and began offering the program in the United States in 1985. The company became a part of Nestlé in 2006.
Jenny Craig is involved in a number of philanthropic causes including the San Diego
Hospice, Easter Seals
, United Way/CHAD, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
and Peace At Home's domestic violence prevention program, among others. In 1992, Craig and her husband committed $10 million to Fresno State University
for its School of Business and Administrative Services, later renamed the Sid Craig School of Business. In 1996, the couple committed another $10 million to the University of San Diego
, $7 million of which was used to build the Jenny Craig Pavilion, a recreation and sports pavilion that was dedicated in October 2000.
Thoroughbred horse racing
In 1995, Craig and her husband purchased a thoroughbred horse ranch and [horse breeding|breeding]] operation in Rancho Santa Fe, California
formerly owned by sportsman Gene Klein
. This area is home to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
. Craig has been involved in racing and she and her husband have owned a number of successful thoroughbreds. One of their colts
, Dr. Devious
, finished seventh in the 1992 Kentucky Derby
and also raced in England
, where he won the 1992 Epsom Derby
. That same year, their future National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame filly Paseana
won the Breeders' Cup Distaff
at Gulfstream Park
. In 2003, their horse Candy Ride
won six races in a row including the Grade I Pacific Classic Stakes
in which he set a new Del Mar
track record for one and a quarter miles.