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Herbalife Nutrition Encourages North Asia Members to Play a Bigger Role in Inspiring Healthy Active Living in Their Local Communities

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Herbalife Nutrition Encourages North Asia Members to Play a Bigger Role in Inspiring Healthy Active Living in Their Local Communities
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HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global nutrition company, Herbalife (NYSE:HLF), has concluded its annual Asia Pacific Extravaganza for North Asia, held from June 16 to 18 in Hong Kong. As a training event organized for Herbalife Nutrition independent members in North Asia, this year’s event rallied the 9,000 strong crowd to be more active, harnessing the company’s research, innovation and competitive advantage to inspire positive lifestyle changes in their local communities. The three-day event in Hong Kong was anchored by Rich Goudis, Herbalife Nutrition’s new Chief Executive Officer who recently took on the role on June 1, 2017.

“As a global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition has been championing balanced nutrition and healthy active living by providing the best nutrition and weight-management products. This year, our goal is to equip our members with the knowledge and tools to go one step further, to be active change agents in inspiring positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits in their local communities. By doing this, we hope that we can play a bigger role to help people in Asia Pacific live healthier, more fulfilling lives,” said Stephen Conchie, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific.

As the lead executive spearheading Herbalife Nutrition’s global business strategy, Goudis kicked off the event by sharing his vision for Herbalife Nutrition as a purpose-driven company on a mission to improve nutrition for its consumers. With global megatrends such as obesity, aging and rising health care costs showing no signs of slowing down, Goudis highlighted that the current environment presents Herbalife Nutrition with the opportunity to play a bigger role in addressing these concerns. He also shared his passions for innovation, education and training, and emphasized that the company’s competitive advantage in the nutrition industry is its ability to provide the “distributor difference” – where members are equipped with the knowledge and tools to provide personalized nutrition and fitness services to customers.

Following this, Stephen Conchie commended the Herbalife North Asia member community for their unwavering spirit in providing personalized nutrition and fitness coaching services to a rapidly expanding pool of customers, to continue helping people live healthier and happier.

Dr. David Heber, chairman of Herbalife Nutrition Institute, also gave an in-depth view of the latest developments in science and research behind the company’s nutrition philosophy. This session enabled Herbalife Nutrition members to provide new insights to help people leverage the power of nutrition to combat modern-day health issues more effectively.

07/23/2017 |

Youngevity Acquires FreeLife & L’dara Through Acquisition of Sorvana International

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Youngevity Acquires FreeLife & L’dara Through Acquisition of Sorvana International
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SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 19, 2017) – Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYID), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the assets of Sorvana International. Sorvana International was formed in November of 2016 been in business for 22 years providing natural wellness products predominantly in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Philippines and L’dara is known for its award winning patented skin care products. The companies have scheduled the closing of the transaction and the merger of the businesses to take place on July 1, 2017.

Ray Faltinsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Sorvana International stated, “For over 18 months we have been in discussions with Youngevity and other potential companies, and we came to the conclusion that Youngevity is the best fit for us and provides the best opportunity for our Wellness Partners around the world. I am impressed with Youngevity’s Executive Team and we are confident that Youngevity’s Omni-Direct, multi-vertical strategy represents an opportunity that has a tremendous future. Our Wellness Partners are very enthusiastic about the expanded opportunity to market and get rewarded for sales on thousands of products in a number of different categories, and in a number of new countries.”

“I can tell you that we dug very deeply and have found Youngevity has a very compelling vision and we believe the platform they have developed will provide enormous upside for our Wellness Partners and customers into the foreseeable future,” stated Co-Founder, Kevin Fournier, “I believe our Wellness Partners will have enormous success within Youngevity and I am confident Youngevity’s distributors and customers will enthusiastically embrace FreeLife and L’dara quality products.”

Mr. Faltinsky and Mr. Fournier will assist with all aspects of integrating Sorvana’s sales force and will continue as distributors of Youngevity following the closing.

“FreeLife has a proud 22 year history of success in the Direct Selling Profession and L’dara’s patented skin care products are very special. We believe acquiring Sorvana International represents a true extension of our mission of betterment, and delivering exceptional, science based wellness products for optimal health to our customers,” stated Steve Wallach, CEO and Co-Founder of Youngevity. He continued, “We are very proud of this acquisition as it represents our largest transaction in terms of top line revenue and in numbers of quality field leadership.”
“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Sorvana, as we anticipate our up-listing to the Nasdaq Capital Market Exchange on June 21. This business combination fortifies and strengthens our position in the US, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore,” stated Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity. We are optimistic about the substantial size of the data base of distributors and customers that is now available to Youngevity. We will immediately begin marketing to Sorvana’s 50,000 plus distributors and customers and look forward to working with the very impressive field leadership group that is part of this merger.”

Youngevity was founded upon the pioneering principles of Dr. Joel Wallach; always looking forward to the betterment of society. Today Youngevity continues to meet this mission with groundbreaking products, innovative services and a fulfilling business opportunity individually defined through flexibility and personal lifestyle choices. And in this Pursuit of Betterment, the Company continues to build and grow its Youngevity Be the Change Foundation. 100% of the profits from Youngevity Be the Change Coffee, and other special products highlighted on the Foundation website finance Foundation operations.

06/23/2017 |

Wirecard Malaysia Provides Omni-channel Payment Transaction Platform for Amway

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Wirecard Malaysia Provides Omni-channel Payment Transaction Platform for Amway
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MUNICH and KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Wirecard, the leading company for payment and internet technology, is in collaboration with Amway, the world’s no 1 direct selling company as rated by the Direct Selling News Global 100*. Wirecard provided a single integrated omni-channel payment transaction platform for Amway Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. This allows Amway to have a single payment interface without dealing with integration complexity with multiple acquirers and various payment methods for both in-store and online transactions.

Beyond transaction authorisation, the platform that Wirecard provides enables a single consolidated view of all transactions across all channels in a single portal, allowing user-defined queries for a greater understanding of payment information which is useful to finance.

“We are delighted that we’ve partnered with Amway Business Services Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. to deliver shared services to Amway’s business across the region to customers in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. Our collaboration allows Amway to leverage on Wirecard’s infrastructure and capability and move beyond the conventional payment modes to offer transaction payment solutions to Amway’s customers”, said Jeffry Ho, Regional Managing Director at Wirecard.

*Published in the June 2017 edition of Direct Selling News, based on 2016 revenue.

06/23/2017 |

Lexli International Introduces Esthetician Scholarship Program

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Lexli International Introduces Esthetician Scholarship Program
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(PRWEB) Lexli International, the premier line of aloe vera skin care, is proud to announce a new scholarship program, intended to support those currently training for a career in the esthetics industry. Through the Lexli Esthetic Scholarship program, two $1,000 awards will be granted annually – one in August and another in February – to individuals who demonstrate both a passion for skin care and the talent to be a leader in the field.

“The esthetic industry continues to experience impressive growth as consumers discover the essential role that skin care professionals play in helping them achieve skin that is beautiful and healthy,” said Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, founder and lead product formulator at Lexli Skin Care. “As a skin care brand that is sold through estheticians, we believe it is vital that we support those pursuing a career in the field and are, therefore, excited to introduce this scholarship program.”

Lexli is accepting applications through August 15 for the first Lexli Esthetic Scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least one graded cycle in an esthetic program at an accredited esthetic or cosmetology school. To apply, students must submit a custom YouTube video that answers one of the following questions: 1) Why do you want to be an esthetician 2) Why is proper skin care essential or 3) What is your vision for the future of esthetics. Additionally, applicants must complete the scholarship application and submit a letter of recommendation. Full scholarship details and the application form can be found at http://www.lexli.com/scholarship/.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, which may be applied to tuition and/or education-related expenses, the recipient will also receive a Lexli Professional Introduction Kit, valued at more than $500, which includes Lexli products and collateral materials.

About Lexli:
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, a board-certified plastic surgeon and noted aloe researcher, Lexli is the premier line of aloe vera skin care products. The company offers a full-range of advanced solutions for daily skin maintenance, specific skin concerns and the signs of aging, including AloeGlyC®, the advanced facial glycolic acid exfoliator; Lightening Lift, a unique aloe vera face mask; and the Acne Kit, one of the most potent and comprehensive acne treatments available over-the-counter.

Lexli products are sold by licensed skin care professionals throughout the United States and in select countries worldwide, as well as online at the Lexli website.

For more information visit Lexli.com, Facebook or Twitter.

06/22/2017 |

Amway India opens 5th Braille library at Agartala

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Amway India opens 5th Braille library at Agartala
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Amway India along with the National Association for the Blind has set up a Braille library for the visually impaired students at the Knowledge Centre for the Disabled here.

Social Welfare Minister Bijita Nath today formally inaugurated the library, the fifth such libraries being set up by Amway India across Eastern and Northeastern regions after Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Siliguri and Aizawl. Amway India has set up 31 Braille Libraries in India under National project for the Blind. In East, Amway India has set up four more such Braille libraries at Guwahati, Shillong, Patna and Ranchi, a press release said. The library will offer Braille versions of a variety of books and journals and CDs ranging from academic books, fiction, self-help, general knowledge for the benefit of more than 150 visually impaired students who otherwise have limited access to books. The Library is also equipped with computers that would enable students to access more than 30 CDs.

06/22/2017 |

Young Living Essential Oils Wins PRSA Silver Anvil Award

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Young Living Essential Oils Wins PRSA Silver Anvil Award
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Award Recognizes Young Living and Ketchum’s Work for “The Lavender Room,” a Visual and Sensorial Experience

LEHI, Utah, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Young Living™ Essential Oils, the world leader in essential oils and industry pioneer, took home the 2017 Silver Anvil Award for Events & Observances—Seven or Fewer Days (Consumer Events) for “The Lavender Room” at last week’s award ceremony held in New York, which is sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The Silver Anvil Awards are among the most prestigious in the public relations industry and recognize the best of the best in brand communications and public relations.

In December 2016, Young Living—a brand passionate about sharing whole-life wellness with the world—was eager to provide New Yorkers an opportunity to “take a breather” during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. Through a partnership with leading global public relations firm Ketchum, its agency of record, Young Living developed an essential oil-infused pop-up installation along Fifth Avenue at Union Square in New York City. The Lavender Room—part meditative space and part sampling and pop-up shop—immersed busy New Yorkers in the relaxing bliss of Young Living’s Lavender essential oil and featured a quiet Zen-like room with a forest of more than 5,000 stems of fresh lavender. Passersby were invited inside The Lavender Room to sit for a few moments in peace and relaxation.

“During one of the most wonderful but stressful times of the year, we wanted to invite New Yorkers to take a quiet moment to re-center in this uniquely peaceful space. The installation brought to life the power of pure essential oils through scent, and it created a haven of calm amidst the holiday hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue to raise brand awareness and share the benefits of Young Living essential oils,” said Andrea Neipp, Senior Director of Global Brand Awareness at Young Living Essential Oils.

Young Living is honored to be recognized for extraordinary communications work among such highly regarded PR campaigns,” said Jared Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Young Living Essential Oils. “Our quality commitment doesn’t just apply to our products; it is also reflected in the caliber of talent and expertise among our employees and staff within every department in the company.”

Young Living Essential Oils is the modern-day champion of pure essential oils and distillation and continues its passionate commitment to empower individuals to whole-life wellness.

06/21/2017 |

Plant versus Animal Iron

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Plant versus Animal Iron
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Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease.

The data linking coronary heart disease and the intake of iron, in general, has been mixed. This inconsistency of evidence may be because of where the iron comes from. The majority of total dietary iron is non-heme iron, coming mostly from plants. So, total iron intake is associated with lower heart disease risk, but iron intake from meat is associated with significantly higher risk for heart disease. This is thought to be because iron can act as a pro-oxidant, contributing to the development of atherosclerosis by oxidizing cholesterol with free radicals. The risk has been quantified as a 27% increase in coronary heart disease risk for every 1 milligram of heme iron consumed daily.

The same has been found for stroke risk. The studies on iron intake and stroke have had conflicting results, but that may be because they had never separated out heme iron from non-heme iron… until now. Researchers found that the intake of meat (heme) iron, but not plant (non-heme) iron, was associated with an increased risk of stroke.

The researchers also found that higher intake of heme iron—but not total or plant (non-heme) iron—was significantly associated with greater risk for type 2 diabetes. There may be a 16% increase in risk for type 2 diabetes for every 1 milligram of heme iron consumed daily.

The same has also been found for cancer, with up to 12% increased risk for every milligram of daily heme iron exposure. In fact, we can actually tell how much meat someone is eating by looking at their tumors. To characterize the mechanisms underlying meat-related lung cancer development, researchers asked lung cancer patients how much meat they ate and examined the gene expression patterns in their tumors. They identified a signature pattern of heme-related gene expression. Although they looked specifically at lung cancer, they expect these meat-related gene expression changes may occur in other cancers as well.

We do need to get enough iron, but only about 3% of premenopausal white women have iron deficiency anemia these days. However, the rates are worse in African and Mexican Americans. Taking into account our leading killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—the healthiest source of iron appears to be non-heme iron, found naturally in abundance in whole grains, beans, split peas, chickpeas, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.

But how much money can be made on beans, though? The processed food industry came up with a blood-based crisp bread, made out of rye flour and blood from cattle and pigs, which is one of the most concentrated sources of heme iron, about two-thirds more than blood from chickens. If blood-based crackers don’t sound particularly appetizing, you can always snack on cow blood cookies. And, there are always blood-filled biscuits, whose filling has been described as “a dark-colored, chocolate flavored paste with a very pleasant taste.” (It’s dark-colored because spray-dried pig blood can have a darkening effect on the food product’s color.) The worry is not the color or taste, it’s the heme iron, which, because of its potential cancer risk, is not considered safe to add to foods intended for the general population.

Previously, I’ve touched on the double-edged iron sword in Risk Associated With Iron Supplements and Phytates for the Prevention of Cancer. It may also help answer Why Was Heart Disease Rare in the Mediterranean?

Those eating plant-based diets get more of most nutrients since whole plant foods are so nutrient dense. See Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

06/21/2017 |

Youngevity Adds Four New Cyber Products to Service Division Offering

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Youngevity Adds Four New Cyber Products to Service Division Offering
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SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 13, 2017) – Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYID), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company revealed that it is expanding the offering of its Service Division by entering into four new contracts that widens its offering to include Identity Theft Protection, Credit Monitoring, Virtual Tech Support and Data Storage. These services will be offered individually and in various combinations to give distributors and customers options and price breaks.

Youngevity launched its Services Division last year through an acquisition of David Allen Capital which represents a variety of lenders that provide capital to small businesses. Since being acquired by Youngevity in April of 2016 David Allen Capital has arranged $8 million of loans to small businesses throughout the United States. On the success of David Allen Capital the services division quickly expanded into Telemedicine via the launch of Youngevity Telecare and shortly added Youngevity Cart Ripple which is an app based shopping assistant that allows its users to earn cash back while finding the most economical prices on line.

“Our goal is to provide a full lineup of business and residential services that will either introduce simplicity and convenience to our customers or a savings on services they are already using”, said David Rutz, Vice President of Global Services. “We expect to release the newly announced services later this year and have several additional services in the due diligence process. We expect to continue to expand our product offering as we leverage the growth taking place within Youngevity’s customer and distributor base.”

Dave Briskie, President and CFO, of Youngevity, stated, “We are enthusiastic about our Services Division and the potential it provides for revenue growth without the dependence of inventory management. Our Services further accentuate the unique nature of our Omni-Direct business model and we believe this new suite of products are a great addition to this exciting category.”

06/20/2017 |

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