Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How weight-loss and alcohol affect your liver

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team

Some fat in the liver is normal. But if fat makes up more than 5-10 per cent of the weight of your liver (your doctor can advise you), you may have alcoholic or non-alcoholic liver disease. Both of these conditions can lead to serious complications. And, there are no symptoms in the early stages – only a blood test and abnormal liver enzymes can signal an early problem.

Getting into a healthy weight range is important. This helps you to avoid insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (a cluster of symptoms including belly fat and two or more of high blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood glucose). Insulin resistance can occur when insulin tries to normalise the concentration of glucose in your blood by taking glucose in the blood into body cells (where it can be used as an energy source). Insulin resistance is when the cells become resistant to insulin so that there are high levels of insulin and glucose in the blood. Insulin is a hunger hormone and glucose is converted into fat and deposited around the body – including the abdomen and liver.

And, while losing weight is important, it is very important to go slow and steady with weight-loss. Rapid weight loss is not recommended. For example, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can develop in some people following surgery to reduce obesity and may be due to rapid changes of fats in the blood when the body encourages the liver to produce fats to make up for the fat missing from the diet.

Alcohol is also a well-known cause of liver damage – and if you regularly drink over the recommended lower risk guidelines, you increase your chances of developing live problems which can be irreversible.

The liver turns glucose into fat which it sends round the body to store for use when we need it. Alcohol affects the way your liver handles fat so your liver cells get stuffed full of it.

Alcohol causes oxidative stress when the liver tries to breakdown alcohol into something less toxic. The damage can lead to inflammation and scaring as your liver tries to repair itself. Alcohol also causes toxins from your gut to get into the liver and these can cause inflammation and scarring, too.

What can you do?

Don’t drink alcohol every day. Daily drinking increases the chances of your body becoming tolerant to alcohol. Taking days off alcohol helps to give your body a break and time for your liver to heal itself. It is important not to drink more than the safe limits. If you need help, speak with your GP.

Eat well. Good nutrition can help to support your liver to function and plays a crucial role in your health. Enjoy two fruits and five veggies or more daily and always fill half of your plate with fresh produce and only a quarter with lean protein and a quarter with wholegrain or wholemeal carbohydrates help to shift the balance to healthier eating. You will automatically consume fewer calories if you go for this kind of portion perfection. A healthy weight loss is about half to one kilos per week.

Try a liver lovin’ cleanse. USANA’s HepaPlus™ supplement contains numerous ingredients including milk thistle extract and alpha lipoic acid

HepaPlus also contains a bioavailable from of turmeric extract to support healthy liver function.

Turmeric is widely used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems and skin conditions. In animal studies, curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its distinctive yellow colour can slow the changes caused by excessive alcohol consumption that lead to liver damage.[i] It can also lower the levels of two body enzymes that cause inflammation.


[i] Journal reference: American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (Vol 284, p 321) Accessed 3/2/2012. Available from:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3525-curry-spice-combats-alcoholrelated-liver-disease.html
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do you have skinny fat?

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team
Skinny fat is a term that describes a person who is in a healthy weight range but has more body fat than is healthy. Skinny fat is also termed Metabolically Obese Normal Weight (MONW). It relates to the way fat tissue is carried in the body. And, whether the body fat is visible or is invisible (i.e. located deep inside you coating vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas). Too much body fat (especially belly fat) causes metabolic changes such as inflammation. That’s because visceral fat, the fat stored deep inside you is metabolically active, triggering inflammation which stops blood from flowing freely.

Essentially skinny fat happens when you carry too much fat and not enough muscle.

Dangers of being skinny fat

A staggering one in four people with MONW have pre-diabetes according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association and you may be affected if:

·         You have a waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men or 80cm for women. Belly fat is an indicator of internal fat deposits, which can coat the internal organs, and increase the risk of chronic disease.

·         You have an abnormal blood cholesterol profile i.e. if you have high triglycerides, especially with a low HDL- or good cholesterol.

·         Your blood sugar is consistently higher than normal range and/or if you are diabetic and your blood glucose is not well controlled.

·         You have insulin resistance. This is when insulin is being produced but cannot take blood glucose into the cells in order to keep blood glucose levels to within the normal range. Too much circulating insulin prevents the breakdown of fat in body cells and encourages the production of more fat from the excess circulating glucose.

·         You have an abnormal liver function test. This can be an early indicator of excess fat in the liver. Your doctor will discuss this with you.
 What you can do?
  • Cut down on sugary carbohydrates and white bread, pasta and foods made from white flour.
  • Choose low GI carbohydrates (NutrimealTM and USANA Snacks are both ultra-low GI).
  • Ditch soft drinks (including juices)
  • Moderate alcohol (is also converted into triglycerides and stored in the liver and around the belly)
  • Try cereals like quinoa and amaranth which contain more protein and fewer carbs.
  • Boost your aerobic exercise to cut down fat sores and increase strength training to help muscle fibres grow in size
  • Try a liver lovin’ cleanse with USANA’s HepaPlus™ supplement. It contains numerous ingredients including milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid to support healthy liver function. Alpha lipoic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals. Most antioxidants are either soluble in fat or water soluble so they can’t access every part of every cell. Alpha lipoic acid is able to enter both the fatty and aqueous (water-based) sections of the cell, boosting its ability to trap free radicals wherever they are.
HepaPlus contains choline a substance which helps to emulsify (break down) fats. This helps them to be removed from the liver. Food sources of choline include eggs, beef, salmon, wheat germ and broccoli. All of these ingredients not only help cleanse and remove fat in liver but they also help to regenerate cells. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Could your sweet tooth be clogging your liver?

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


Your liver is your body’s waste management system and it performs over 500 hundred functions. It:

  • Filters toxins from the blood
  • Helps with food digestion
  • Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Helps fight infection and disease.

You already know that alcohol can damage your liver. And you may also know that one of the first stages of liver disease is when fat builds up in the liver. But, did you know that the most common cause of fatty build-up in the liver is being overweight and consuming too much sugar?

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a range of conditions but it is reversible. Around 70-80 per cent of people who are obese are thought to be affected and if untreated, the damage could eventually lead to cirrhosis – tissue scarring which is serious and even life-threatening. NAFLD also raises you risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke. So, if you are overweight/obese or consume too much of the sweet stuff, here’s what you can do to give your liver a little lovin’…

Limit high GI

Too much sugar (high GI foods and drinks) is difficult for your body to cope with and stresses body systems. While your body and brain rely on a steady supply of glucose which the body tries very hard to keep within a normal range, sugars like fructose (which is added to many ready-prepared foods and fast foods) is processed in your liver. Too much sugar prompts your liver to produces a type of fat called triglycerides which are then deposited around the abdomen and in the liver. Fat in the liver impairs the functioning of the liver. Low GI foods and drinks are easier for the body to cope with.

Snack carefully

Consuming too many calories causes weight gain (no surprise). But recently, researchers, writing in the journal, Hepatology, found that eating frequently – i.e. snacking – increased the concentration of triglycerides – this encouraged belly fat and fat storage in the liver. So, opt for three daily meals and two to three healthy low GI snacks.

Choose nuts 
Nuts are concentrated in protein and healthy fats – walnuts contain omega-3 fats and almonds are a great source of calcium – nutrients that many of us fall short of. Other healthy snacks include veggies sticks and hummus or tomato salsa and wholegrain crackers with peanut butter or good ol’ Vegemite.

Get into a healthy weight range

Doing this gradually helps reverse NAFLD and can also reduce your risk for cardiovascular conditions like heart attack. At the same time, get moving. Exercise helps to burn calories in the form of excess stored fat. Plus, it encourages your body to build more lean tissue and boost circulation to further boost body – and liver – health.

Try some curry

The Indian spice, turmeric which is a relative of ginger and gives curries their golden glow is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, its active ingredient, may also protect the liver by helping to expel toxins via phase liver detoxification reactions.

Try a liver lovin’ cleanse!

USANA’s HepaPlus™ acts as a liver tonic by supporting healthy liver function and normal detoxification processes. HepaPlus is a supplement that combines numerous ingredients including milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid and turmeric extract to support healthy liver function. These ingredients not only help cleanse and remove fat in liver but they also help regenerate cells. 
Try some today!


USANA'S HepaPlus
 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Eat smart, eat happy, boost your brain!


By Ravinder Lilly
USANA ANZ Writer and Dietitian

Fruit is rich in antioxidants
and vitamins
You already know that what you eat helps nourish your body. But did you know that what and when you eat it can also affect your brain, your mood and your focus (or lack of it)?

Good nutrition may prevent degenerative problems like Alzheimer’s and it may even cut your chances of depression. So, here at USANA Australia, we’re focussing on how food components and nutrients interact to affect your brain health in our latest Product Focus (which you can download from USANAtoday). Plus, we’ve put together a sample day of happy meals and explain how foods, nutrients and USANA products can help nourish your noggin!

Breakfast

The first meal of the day literally breaks the overnight fast. A healthy brekkie will set you up for the day ahead and keep you going. Breakfast eaters also tend to be more focused and less likely to grab unhealthy eats.

Brekkie oats

Oats contain more soluble fibre than other grains and this binds to cholesterol helping to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. This ancient grain can help to keep your cholesterol levels in check (high blood LDL-cholesterol is a warning sign for heart disease which is still Australia’s number one killer).

With fruit...

Since your brain is rich in unsaturated fat, it’s important to protect it from oxidation. Hence, make sure you get your fair share of antioxidants. Antioxidants do just what their name suggests – they counter the damaging effects of oxidation and fight rogue molecules called free radicals. Over time, free radical damage can wear out cells – including brain cells.

As well as containing antioxidant pigments, berries and other fruits also contain antioxidant vitamins including vitamin C. Blueberries and grapes are especially brain healthy – blueberries may even reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Hint; whizz up an easy, speedy Nutrimeal™; formulated to be high protein, low GI and low in calories – important if you’re watching your weight. Throw in some frozen berries for a fast and tasty breakfast on the run!

Award winning Nutrimeal Free


Get snack-tastic

Go nuts!

Just 10 walnuts each day helps to optimise the composition of cell walls. Plus, studies have shown that walnuts can help to lower blood cholesterol levels, too, which in turn helps improve blood flow around the body – including to your brain.

Nuts are rich in vitamin E – low levels of this fat-soluble vitamin are associated with cognitive (brain decline) in older people.

Almonds and cashews are other great choices and Brazil nuts are a rich source of the antioxidant mineral, selenium. Careful how you go, though – nuts are also calorie-rich.

Walnuts are rich in healthy unsaturated oils


Hint; USANA’s delicious Go Nut ‘n’ Berries™ bars contain walnuts and almonds plus cranberries for an antioxidant boost.

Fab fruits

Boost flagging blood glucose levels in a healthy way with fruit. Unlike manufactured snacks, fresh fruit won’t cause a massive surge in blood glucose because fruit is naturally packaged with fibre. Fibre holds onto the fructose and other sugars in fruit releasing it slowly so that you get a steady energy supply. Fresh (and lightly cooked produce) is also rich in vitamins and minerals.

Plump for pumpkin seeds

Tiny nutritional powerhouses, pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients from magnesium and manganese to copper and zinc. Pumpkin seeds also contain the amino acid tryptophan which is converted by the body into serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. Your body can convert serotonin into the sleep hormone, melatonin. So snacking on pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed with some carbohydrates (like wholegrain cracker or some fruit) may help promote restful sleep.

Make time for tea

Enjoy your snack with a cup of tea or two – tea contains anti-inflammatory compounds called catechins and a review published in 2013 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that regular tea drinkers reported better alertness and attention. Also, studies of older people have found better brain function associated with drinking tea. Brain-protective compounds in tea include L-theanine and catechins. Caffeine is also a mild stimulant and when it’s used sensibly, caffeine promotes mood, memory, and focus.

Hint; find tea compounds in HealthPak™, Essentials™ and Rev 3 Energy™ Drink contains the goodness of green tea.

Optimal nutrition


Lunch

How about hummus and salad sandwich on wholegrain bread?

Great grains

Wholegrain bread (or brown rice) contains fibre, vitamins and slow-release low GI carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are your brain’s preferred energy source and your body relies on a steady stream of energy. Excess glucose is converted into glycogen and into fat.

Too many high GI carbohydrates cause glucose to rush into the blood system. Detecting the raised blood glucose levels, your body releases insulin to get glucose into body cells and out of the blood. But, a rush of glucose that comes from consuming too much glucose leads to insulin overproduction and ultimately, a low blood glucose, bad mood, poor concentration and a desire for a sugary fix. And so the cycle continues…

Always choose low GI carbs to help to regulate your blood glucose levels and this, in turn, will help maintain energy levels and ultimately, your mood.

Love those legumes!

High in protein, rich in fibre, low in fat!


Chickpeas and other beans – whether you’re talking kidney, soy, borlotti or butter – provide protein and slow release carbohydrates to help regulate the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter serotonin.

Hummus (made from chickpeas) contains fibre to help stabilise glucose levels and provide a sustained energy source. They are also protein-rich which helps to keep you full without filling out. Not having to focus on hunger means you can focus better on tasks rather than your next meal…

Well oiled

Healthy oils are vital to keep the walls of your arteries clear. Obstructive plaques (made from accumulated saturated fats) narrow blood vessels restricting the flow of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood which all cells – including your brain cells – rely on.

Replacing saturated fats (from animal foods like butter and cheese) with unsaturated oils (from plant sources, nuts, seeds, olives, avocadoes and oily fish) is better for your body – and better for your brain, too.

Wonderful veggies

Add plenty of salad veggies to provide crunch, texture, fibre, water and lots of antioxidants to keep your delicate brain cells protected against free radicals.

Dinner

Try fish curry with brown rice, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes.

In it for omegas

Oily fish like salmon and fresh tuna is rich in omega-3 fats (salmon contains 1.7grams per 100g fish) and omega-3s are on double duty where it comes to brain health. As well as being vital for brain function, most of your body’s omega-3 fats are located in brain tissue. Omega-3 fats are potent anti-inflammatories and by helping to reduce inflammation, you may help your brain to function more efficiently. Getting enough omega-3s has also been linked with better mood in some studies.

Omega-3s also have a powerful role in improving cells’ ability to take up essential hormones, including those involved in mood regulation. Your body can’t make omega-3 fats so you need to get them from your diet. Veggie choices include walnuts and omega-3 fortified foods, flaxseeds and canola oil.

Hint; USANA’s BiOmega™ contains a therapeutic concentration of omega-3 fats DHA (which is concentrated in the brain) and EPA. Plus, our award-winning Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries™ bars provide a vegan source of omega-3s coming in with a whopping 500mg omega-3s!

Each BiOmega capsule
provides a whopping 550mg
marine omega-3s!


Go low!

Low GI that is. GI relates to the length of time it takes the body to break down carbohydrate foods. It takes your body longer to break down low GI foods (compared with high GI foods and drinks) and these results in a slow and steady energy release which keeps body and mind fuelled for longer. High GI (sugary) foods and drinks, on the other hand, provide a rapid surge of energy followed by an energy slump as insulin is overproduced by your body as it tries very hard to keep your blood glucose (sugar) levels to within normal – and very narrow limits. Couple low GI eating with some protein and fibre to keep you fuller for longer and you will be able to concentrate for longer without being bothered by hunger.

Don’t get so inflamed!

Turmeric is a cousin to ginger

With age, brain cells spurt inflammatory (and fast-spreading) chemicals. And, while inflammation is the body's normal response to injury, chronic (long-term) inflammation can destroy brain cells, potentially leading to dementia. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric (a cousin to ginger) which gives Indian curries their golden glow could help beat inflammation – even inside brain tissue. In fact, scientists are researching whether the high levels of turmeric in the sub-continent could account for India's amazingly low rate of Alzheimer's.

Find curcumin in turmeric, curry powder and mustard. Eating turmeric with black pepper increases the body’s ability to absorb this zingy curry spice.

Colour crazy

Cruciferous veg – broccoli and cauliflower – seem to be particularly beneficial brain protectors. And, carrots are a great source of antioxidants carotenoids and vitamin A. Red produce like tomatoes are a potent source of the antioxidant lycopene – cook and/or serve with a drizzle of olive oil to boost your body’s absorption of this deep red pigment. Deep green leafy veg like spinach, kale and broccoli provide both flavonoids and carotenoids – you could say they are on double nutrition duty!

(Hint; USANA’s HealthPak™ and Essentials™ contain a wide range of antioxidants).

Darker leaves mean
more nutrients


Delicious dessert

And now for the best news ever! A good quality chocolate contains a powerful mix of antioxidants and several stimulants one of which is caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate the production of feel good chemicals, endorphins, which improve mood. When choosing chocolate, go for a product that contains at least 70% cocoa. And just two to four squares will do the trick – it’s a case of less is more! Or, finish your meal with another flavonoid-rich food such as apples or red and purple grapes, washed down with a glass of red wine (but just the one glass!).

And also…

Three-quarters of your brain is water and it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day for general good health. As far as brain health is concerned, one small study from Ohio University in the United States study found that people who were well hydrated scored better on tests of their brain function compared with those who weren’t drinking enough.

Get moving!

According to Australia’s Black Dog Institute, exercise can lift mood and even treat depression. How? It raises your energy levels – so you feel better able to cope with daily tasks. It provides a distraction from concerns – especially if you exercise with some upbeat buddies.

Choose something you love and you’ll love to exercise.

And, if you work out on an empty stomach in the morning, your body goes directly into the fat stores for energy. Then, enjoy a deliciously healthy brekkie.

Yep, that really is a win, win!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Fun times at Kids Health Day!

By Lena Khoury
Field Development Coordinator
USANA Australia





Let the fun begin!
     
USANA’s Castle Hill office really was the place to be on Wednesday as we played host to a fab and successful Kids’ Health Day Carnival! This super-fun event was a great way to help parents and kids learn more about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, and to show that these can be achieved with a lot of fun, too!

Kids of all ages jumped right into a whole host of child-friendly activities including aerobics, jump-ropes and hula-hoop classes. There was so much to do and it certainly got everyone’s heart rates up!

Outdoor fun for all!

It was great to see children enjoy outdoor fun – and by this I mean I saw some amazing cartwheels, double-Dutch with skipping ropes and jumping sky-high on the jumping castle (OK, I admit it, I had to try it out before the kids came!). It really was a perfect day to gather family, friends and guests for a fabulous reminder of just how much fun you can have moving it outdoors. And, it brought back some memories of childhood fun in the great outdoors for the parents, too!
  

Fresh fruit kept us going!
Our kids were sustained with some healthy nibbles and the parents listened to a number of health presentations (kids exercise, healthy eating and food, fitness and fun for mums!)

So, getting down to the nitty gritty, this time I’ve chosen to highlight some of the awesome features from Wednesday’s epic event – but I am going to let the photos do the talking!

Fruit and shakes


These gals are here to help!

This stand was on-the-go non-stop! It was a chance to try our Nutrimeal™ Free shake samples in delicious banana and mixed berry flavours. We also gave away assorted fresh fruit, chilled bottled water and samples of our tasty Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries™ bars.

Aerobics with Elisha

Here’s the wonderful Elisha Renton (USANA Silver Director, Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor) who conducted an aerobics class that got the kids’, parents and USANA staff dancing to the beats!


Moving the crowd


 The energy was incredible! The non-stop fun on our huge jumping castle and triple sports shoot-out got the kids to bring out their competitive side (or maybe it was just me?).

Our face painters and balloon artists produced some pretty amazing artwork! The colours, designs, sparkles, glitter and detail were awesome!  

Fun in the winter sun


Running with Roy

Parachute games, hula-hoop and skipping classes were hosted by Roy Marks (USANA Independent Associate and Personal Trainer).


Jumping rope with Roy
 At one time, six of our lively kids synchronised their jumping skills, in an epic skipping rope challenge! The little ones put their artistic skills to the test, too!

We had plenty of stencils to choose from our Usanimalsanimals selection and the results were colourful creations to be proud of! There were loads of cool prizes to be won at the prize-wheel!
Later, yoga got very interesting! Parents and kids gave me a bit of a fright when they all got into position and got in touch with their inner lions. Roar!

Health talks by USANA’s Ravinder Lilly, David Zhu and USANA Independent Associate, Elisha Renton, were a hit throughout the day. Having the talks spread out over the three-hour event allowed Associates and their guests to unwind and listen to some great tips to boosting kids' and women's health and how USANA can help!


Great fun for everyone!
 
We had over 500 attendees to this beautiful sunny winter’s day! I thank Mother Nature for this! And, Associates and guests were as generous as always, donating funds for this in need at our True Health Foundation stand.

We also had information about USANA with plenty of flyers and brochures to hand.

So finally (of course), here's a photo of me with one of our amazing Associates, Bianca Giubega.
Here’s what Bianca had to say about the event! “It was amazing to see so many mums and dads with their children at UKD! It was an amazing experience for all ages with jumping castles, face painting and awesome Nutrimeal™ Free shakes (yummy).

Thank you to our USANA Staff for organising such a FUN, HEALTHY and HAPPY DAY! P.S loved the tunes!”
Bianca Giubega

So, like I said, the photos give you a pretty good summary of what a fantastic day we had at the USANA HQ. This is just going to get bigger and better – look forward to seeing you at our next fun-filled event!

Thank you to everyone who came and participated in our 2014 Kids’ Health Day Carnival - see you next year. By the way, you totally rock!

See you next year!
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We really experienced the vision!




Lena Khoury, Field Development Coordinator,
USANA Australia

  

By Lena Khoury

You may have seen some of my posts about our ‘Experience the Vision’ June Roadshow with Tony and Tammy - they're all over Facebook! And it turns out I’m not the only one whose excited to see the brilliant Tony and Tammy Daum back on our shores! 

Our amiable guests Tony and Tammy Daum 2-star Diamond directors from Miami, Florida absolutely rocked last night’s Sydney Guest event with a crowd of 370 attendees hungry to share their motivation, knowledge and wise words of wisdom!

Mega motivation

Geoff Watt, General Manager of USANA Australia welcomed our guests with an opening speech to start the night off right. With masses of excitement in his voice, Geoff spoke about what was to come during the evening and brought the lovely couple up on stage to present their personal stories on why they chose USANA and how it has helped them grow and flourish.

Personally – I believe it takes great courage to be open with people and present to a large crowd. After all, personal life situations (which not everyone likes to talk about) can be a pretty private matter. But Tony was happy to share his experiences! For example, his diagnosis of diabetes and financial struggles (it literally came to the we-are-broke point) only lead him to his now super successful mission. The determination to change his life and that of his young family’s not just for the short-term, but forever!

Health and fitness

The motivation flowed as we welcomed our NSW state RESET™ Challenge participant and successful weight-loser, Pete Turnbull! Showing off his wonderful achievement (Pete dropped a whopping 22kg!), Pete looked fantastic and it was wonderful to share his uplifting story. A big congratulations Pete – very impressive!

Meredith Quinlan, our USANA Sponsored Athlete and Ultra-runner shared an update on what she has been up to in her ultra-running world. She spoke about how using USANA products has helped manage her keep her up to speed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Wonderful insights from an amazing athlete!

Huge recognition

Our recognition segment was huge! We had a staggering 12 new Gold Directors, two new Ruby Directors and four new Diamond Directors to recognise and applaud! The stage was filled with wide smiles, amazing (and I mean AMAZING) bouquets of flowers, perfect pins and plaques on stage. Each person onstage had a sparkle in their eyes and a soul filled with joy – they created an ambiance like no other. The stage was truly packed with loads of energy and excitement.

And talking of energy, almost half of the audience compised Gen-Ys - it was impossible not to be affected by their huge support and encouragement as they cheered and applauded their team members and leaders – I could definitely see where this was going, our USANA future Gen-Y diamonds were unquestionably in the room last night!

As I logged onto Facebook during the night, my feed was flooded with posts, comments and photos even as the event was in motion! It was great to see how interactive and ‘social’ our Associates have become and how they utilise social media resources to support their growing businesses. OK, I confess to uploading a few Facebook posts too…

Moving moments

Continuing from the lively energy in the room, Geoff returned onstage to introduce another major highlight to this spectacular evening. Geoff was holding a huge cheque for $25,000.00 (yes you read right!) from our USANA True Health Foundation to The Smith Family! Seeing everyone’s faces light-up with delight as he presented the cheque to The Smith Family Corporate Partnership Manager, Michelle Hillman, was something I won’t ever forget! Plus, there was living proof that the Smith Family can lift young people out of the cycle of poverty and offer opportunity - in the form of another member of the Smith Family corporte team, Mya. Having been nurtured by the Smith Family system throughout her educational life, once she had completed her university education, Mya wanted to give back. So, she gained employment with the marvellous organisation that is the Smith Family. What a wonderful story!

By donating to the True Health Foundation, whether as a one off, or through auto-order (which I highly encourage everyone to do!), it was clear to see what an amazing difference we are making to people’s lives and the education of our future generations! A huge thank you on behalf of USANA for making this possible! As we all continue to donate, we are able to help the community and families to make a positive change and give hope.

Sharing is caring!

So, as we wrapped up for the Sydney Experience the Vision event! Tony and Tammy were looking forward to wowing more audiences and looking forward to returning to New Zealand once more.


Thank you to Tony and Tammy Daum for spending the time and spreading your love for USANA with your wonderful insights - I wouldnt have missed it!
I’m really looking forward to seeing more Facebook posts as our events continue to bring the power of our USANA family and our amazing invited guests together for more incredible events. What do you love about your USANA business? As always, keep us posted!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Education, celebration & relaxation @ Leadership Summit

By the Field Development and events team, USANA Australia and New Zealand


Some of our USANA Australia and New Zealand team have just returned from a super successful Leadership Summit held at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa in the Gold Coast Queensland.

Joining 56 Associates (33 Associateships + three VIP Associateships including Bill & Jenny Huang, Jo & Warren Naseby, Ian & Teresa King), this spectacular four-day event was a mixture of networking, education, celebration and relaxation. Here are just some of the highlights from this special trip.

Tuesday 27th May 2014

The first official day of the event saw Associates arriving from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington. After the meeting and greeting, the team started the with a team-building scavenger hunt in the afternoon. Teams were given $50 and sent to the Australia Fair Shopping Centre tasked with purchasing something beginning with each letter of the alphabet. The most creative and unusual items were rewarded with the most points (including a very dapper moustache which the finder had to war for the entire night – take a look at the Outback Spectaculr group photo, top right!). Later that night, everyone got decked out in our wilderness finest for the Outback Spectacular – a country-themed dinner and show. It was a blast – yee har!

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Onto a day-long business session covering topics
including Understanding Leadership Bonus, Compliance, creating a high energy business and branding.

Our special guests, Dallin Griffeth, Director of Compliance, Eastern Hemisphere and Fiona Hawton, Regional Compliance Manager Australasia, gave the Gold Directors a rundown of essential facts needed to build a thriving business in accordance with the rules that make our business great. It was great to see that these guys are here to help us build the kind of ethical and legal business for a flourishing future.
Other valued guest speakers included:

• Cherry Dionisio, Director of Field Development and Marketing from the Philippines

• Bill and Jenny Huang, 9-STAR Diamond Directors, Presidents Award winners, Million Dollar Club and Fortune 25

• Jo and Warren Naseby 1-STAR Diamond Directors, Fortune 100 and MDC Members.

• Ian & Teresa King, Emerald Directors and MDC who spoke about building an international USANA business (Teresa) and USANA and Athletes (Ian is an International Sports Coach).

In the evening, we dined on the Sheraton Mirage’s famous seafood buffet for dinner just in time to watch State of Origin battle on the big screen.

Thursday 29th May 2014

During this half-day business session, we covered topics such as knowing your numbers and structuring and motivating your team as well as looking a guide on what to do next for success steps. A leisurely afternoon was enjoyed preparing for the Gala Dinner at Skypoint. We arrived in style transported by hummer limos. Skypoint is famous for its breathtaking views of Gold Coast – and we could see why!

 

Friday 30th May 2014


All too soon, it was time to say goodbye and head home. But we still took the time to get to know what some or our wonderful Associates had to say…

Views form within!

‘Awesome and inspiring group of people - thank you USANA for bringing us all together and thanks to all who participated for making it such a memorable and valuable experience!’
Mostyn Farmer Western Australia
‘I owe it to our great company, its management people for making such a great environment for all of us to work together so well. We have met so many great people from all walks of life and these friendships are going to last for so many, many years to come. I am blessed to be part of this great group of men and women too! It was a beautiful location, perfect weather, great food and wonderful people!’
Claude Everard Fullinfaw, Queensland

‘The Leadership Summit in Gold Coast truly reflects how USANA and all USANA corporate team care about us. They recognise our achievement and even small accomplishments. It was more than a summit; it is also a family party, being full of fun, love, and gratitude. The company and all of us have a clear direction – we are dedicated to sharing Dr Wentz’ vision, helping the others and changing their lives.’ Jun Rong Wu, Auckland.
‘Thank you to the corporate team for such a thoughtful arrangement! The whole Leadership Summit made us feel so special and exclusive. I personally have gained more confidence after spending several days with all the elite leaders. The best lesson that I learnt from the 9-Star Diamond Director, Bill & Jenny Huang is that vision without action is merely day dreaming!’

Christina Wang NSW


Will you get to Leadership Summit next year?

See you then!