Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Introducing our newest Team USANA Triathlete, Rebecca Hoschke!


By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


The office has been abuzz with excitement in anticipation of welcoming our newest sponsored Team USANA Athlete Rebecca Hoschke.

Rebecca Hoschke at the office of USANA Health Sciences, Sydney
Rebecca is a country girl at heart who grew up in 'Dandloo', Kentucky, in Northern New South Wales. Always an active child, Rebecca enjoyed running and took up little athletics in her younger years. Keeping fit and healthy has always been a part of her life so it was a natural progression for her to take up sport as a full-time career.

Although Rebecca always had a passion and love for sport, she went on to the University of New England in Armidale to complete her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and pursued a career as a Town Planner from 1999 to 2013.  Her Town Planning career also included 16 years of industry experience as a Development Assessment Executive in metropolitan Sydney.

Her introduction to long distance running came after she successfully completed her first marathon in 2004. It was at this marathon that she met some other triathletes in her running squad and soon joined their team.  She was truly inspired by the challenges of long course triathlon instantly. Following that, she raced as an age group athlete from 2005 to 2009 in several half and full Ironman distances and quickly established herself as an elite athlete. 

Rebecca Hoschke at the Ironman 70.3 Philippines, 2014
‘Winning Ironman Australia followed by qualifying and racing at the Hawaii World Ironman Championships at Professional Level in 2013, was an experience of a lifetime,’ Rebecca says.  She considers these achievements as a reward and reflection of the years of hard work she had put into her progression in the sport and she is passionate towards continuous self-improvement and growth.  She absolutely loves triathlon because of the challenges it brings both to the mind-and-body. And, she loves the environment, the community spirit and camaraderie from all levels and dimensions of the sport. 

The sport and what it represents to her, has brought significant changes in Rebecca’s work and lifestyle, encouraging her to take risks not just in racing but in her career as well. For a period of eight years (2005 - 2013), she had been living the challenging and physically demanding life as a town planner (executive assessment) and as a professional triathlete in Sydney. Rebecca is incredibly grateful for the support she received to facilitate this. Experiences in racing at both domestic and international levels as well as recognizing some changes within the town planning industry were the catalyst towards her decision in November 2013 to take a back step from planning and do a forward move in triathlon. This is probably one of the most empowering decisions she has ever made. One of the most risky is walking away from financial security and a weekly salary package, in pursuit of a dream.

Through consistency, growth and development, guided by her coach and support from her sponsors, family, friends and her husband Nigel, Rebecca now lives her dream having a full time career as a Professional Triathlete. To Rebecca, 2014 has been a rewarding and challenging year on so many levels, a huge learning experience growing her Professional Triathlete profile also in areas of coaching, mentoring and Ambassador opportunities. 


Ironman training and racing has huge demands on the body as well as the mind. Rebecca’s best Ironman time to date is nine hours and 19 minutes.  She always tried to be as strong, healthy, fit and happy as she can be.

Rebecca first trialled USANA supplements in July 2014. At that time she was running quite low with a virus, tired from a heavy period of racing and adjusting to her new career change. Kate Gyngell, her former work colleague in planning recommended USANA supplements to her. She was drawn to USANA because of its superior quality and the research behind its foundations. She also knew that multiple elite professional athletes all around the world incorporated USANA to optimize health, well-being and performance.

‘It is an absolute privilege to be a Team USANA Athlete for USANA Australia.  Thank you so much to all the members of the team for your support and I look forward to continuing my journey with you’, expresses Rebecca.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reasons to RESET Your Health


By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


There are lots of reasons to get involved with the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge. Do you want to focus on losing a few kilos or to feel a little fitter? Do you want to be more mindful about your health and wellbeing? Or do you want to motivate a loved one and/or lead by example? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s time to take part in the RESETNATION Challenge!

The reasons to get involved are too many to count – but here are just a few of them:

1. Weight tends to creep up slowly. Just one month of overeating and being less active can have weight gain effects that last for years. Over the 12-week RESET plan, we’ll guide you to become more mindful of your health and show you how small changes can add up to big health benefits.

2. It doesn’t have to be about your weight. Getting involved in the RESETNATION Challenge doesn’t need to be about weight-management alone – take the opportunity to focus on more mindful and healthy eating.

3. Get off to a flying start. The first five days of the RESETNATION Challenge involves focusing on Nutrimeal Meal Replacements and the Protein Snacks alone for five days. For some people, taking food out of the equation altogether for a short period of time helps to focus the mind on weight-management without the hassle of “what to eat today” and making unhealthy food choices.

4. A structured weight-management program works best.  Research shows that you’re more likely to shift the extra kilos and keep them off with a structured program that includes regular contact with motivated team leader/health professional and supportive colleagues.

5. Fill out your diary. Lots of research shows that documenting your weight-management journey helps to focus and motivate your mind to continue your better health plans.

6. Phase your health management. There are three phases to the RESET plan: five days on RESET Foods (meal replacements and snacks). Then, 28 days to transform – i.e. mix up two RESET meal replacements and snacks with one healthy meal. Then, maintain your weight by opting for one meal replacement (breakfast, lunch or dinner) with healthy meals.

                                                            Ready, set, RESET!

Join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge now and you could win an amazing one-of-a-kind, 4-day health & spa retreat trip to Sanoviv in Mexico!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Countdown to Commitment

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


Thinking positively about something really might make it happen, psychologists say.

So, if you’re thinking about committing to the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge, read on!

                                    Are you ready to anticipate something good?

1. Think about it. Are you making a change because you want to achieve it for yourself? Or are you making the change because others think you should do it? If you want better health for yourself, a more positive outlook and success that lasts, your changes have to come from you – not from someone else.

2. Decide what you want to improve. It doesn’t have to be about your weight – you might want to detox your body for a few days. Or take up regular exercise.  Or, you may have more than one goal in mind.  Whatever you’re aiming for, write down your goals on sticky notes and place them around your home. Look at them regularly and think about how you’ll feel when you achieve them.

3. Make the commitment(s). Understand that a commitment takes dedication and work. Be prepared to put in the effort – you really are worth it!

4. Break up your goals into smaller goals. Rather than making one HUGE goal, break them down into smaller, more achievable goals – you’re more likely to stick with your new lifestyle changes if you can reach little goals along the way to keep you on track.

5. Remind yourself that there are no quick fixes. Make sure your expectations and goals are realistic – if you think about it, it probably took months or even years for the excess weight to pile on, so it’s only natural for it to take time to shift.

6. Mark your progress. A Journey Diary is an excellent way to chart your progress, food intake, your feelings and your success. Try taking a weekly photograph of yourself and weigh yourself just once a week.  

7. Reward yourself. Life should be about celebration so when you get to your mini goals, allow yourself to feel the satisfaction.

8. Expect hurdles. There are going to be some ups and downs – after all, you’re only human! The most important thing is to see the bigger picture – the picture of better health.

9. Don’t expect motivation to be high all the time. There will be days when your motivation is low – expect it! Keep the reasons that you started on this journey top of mind. This is where your Journey Diary will come in use – go back to Day 1 and see how far you’ve come!

10. Get some help. That’s what your RESET team and we at USANA Corporate are here to offer. So if you have questions, if you want to share your feelings, celebrate success and even mark the bumps along the way, let us know. We’re committed to helping you achieve success at every stage.

Keep track of your progress by using the Instagram hashtag #RESETNATION. The slogan will help you stay focused and let you to connect with other RESET users around the world. And be sure to spread the word to get your friends and teammates on board.

Get a RESET team together and sign up for the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today!

                    You could win yourself an amazing trip to Sanoviv, Mexico!
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 tips to finding a healthier new you!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


Losing weight is hard – we all know it! But if you’re motivated, if you’re supported and if you are ready to make the changes you need for a healthier life, getting to the right body weight for you is one of the best things you can do for your health today and for the future. Not convinced? Here are some tips to help you lose those clinging extra kilos!

1. Get into the zone. And get ready to commit!

2. Buddies are best! Surround yourself with positive people and it can lift you to success.

3. Every little bit helps. If you want to manage your weight, shifting just 10 per cent of your body weight if you’re overweight or obese brings enormous health benefits.

4. You’ll reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. According to Diabetes Australia, if you’re overweight, you’re twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

5. It increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy. If you’re a woman of childbearing years, and you’re overweight, you may have difficulty conceiving. Getting to within a normal, healthy weight range for your height helps boost your chances of a healthy baby, too.

6. Being overweight is linked with several types of cancer.

7. Carrying too much weight weighs heavily on your joints. This is especially true for the weight-bearing joints like the hips and the knees. Being overweight long-term increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

8. Weight tends to creep up slowly. And being less active can have weight-gain effects that last for years.

9. Healthy eating habits rub off. So set a great example for those around you and especially for your precious children.

10. Keep on top of your progress. But don’t overdo it – once a week weigh-ins can help to keep you positive and focussed. Above all, get involved; congratulate yourself and look forward to healthier living.

11. Make exercise part of your life. Moving more can bring huge benefits – it can cut your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

12. Opt for walking. Or yoga, tai chi, step aerobics, cycling, aquatic exercise or any other form of low-impact exercise. Do something that you enjoy and you'll be more likely to stick with it. Walking is a good start. If you have a medical condition, talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program to ensure that it’s right for you.

                                    Get ready to reset your health!

Read this week’s Information Campaign “Twelve Tips to Finding a Healthier New You” to know more. 

Log into the Hub to join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today and in 12 weeks you will discover a healthier new YOU!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Metabolic Syndrome explained. Do you have it?


By the USANA ANZ Marketing Team
Metabolic Syndrome is the name given to a cluster of symptoms including belly fat, high blood cholesterol and high blood glucose. It affects more than one in four Australian adults – the incidence is higher in people with diabetes. Yet the condition often goes undiagnosed for many. Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome explainedAlso called Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome is a condition that’s characterised by the production of large amounts of insulin which the body can’t use properly. Insulin can’t do its job of taking glucose in from the blood into body cells, so a rise in blood glucose levels can only be detected with a medical test, although you may not have any symptoms. The resulting high concentrations of blood glucose can damage tiny blood vessels and delicate nerves.
Metabolic Syndrome is very common and becoming even more so. People from certain ethnic groups (such as indigenous Australians and people of Pacific Island heritage and Asian descent) are affected most and it is often seen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome include:Central obesity, abnormal blood fat levels, high blood pressure (hypertension) and high blood glucose levels. So if you have these symptoms, you have Metabolic Syndrome and are at an increased risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and other problems relating to blood vessels.
Signs of Metabolic Syndrome include:Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance and impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or diabetes.
What causes Metabolic Syndrome?Metabolic Syndrome is a very complex condition but three factors seem to contribute: Genetic tendency, being overweight and lack of physical inactivity.

According to the Diabetes Council of Australia, ‘It’s estimated that more than 16 per cent or about two million Australians have pre-diabetes’ also known as Metabolic Syndrome.
- What is insulin resistance?
- Did you know that Insulin resistance raises the risk of diabetes?
- What is central obesity? Hypertension?  Cholesterol and triglycerides?  Impaired glucose tolerance?
- And what can you do?


Read this week's RESETNATION Challenge kick off Information Campaign on Metabolic Syndrome to know more about the questions above and to learn what you can do about it. Click here to read it.

If in doubt, it is always good to speak to your doctor.

Want to avoid getting metabolic syndrome? Join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today and it could change your life! #RESETNATION


Friday, November 28, 2014

Seven star supplements for men

By the USANA ANZ Marketing Team

Whether you want to build more lean muscle to supercharge your metabolism, or you just want to feel great and have as much energy as possible, what you eat counts. And, while there’s no doubt that every man is unique, men do share some particular health challenges.

So, once the fundamentals are covered – healthy mixed diet, regular exercise, regular health checks, relaxation and sleep – think about your supplemental health.
Here are seven supplements – and their role in men’s health.

1. Essentials™
You definitely don’t need a multivitamin and or multimineral if you are eating a widely mixed diet that contains all the right proportions of nutrients. The trouble is, most of us don’t – at least not all of the time, anyway.
That’s where wide-ranging and potent products like Essentials (or HealthPak™ if you want the added benefits of an extra antioxidant boost plus calcium) come in.


2. BiOmega™
Many studies have shown the benefits of long chain omega-3 fats, the kind that you find in oily fish, for brain and heart health. Omega-3s have a natural anti-inflammatory action whilst helping to reduce the stickiness of blood so that it can flow more freely. If you are taking blood thinners like warfarin, be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement, though.

So how much is enough? The Australian Heart Foundation suggests that for generally healthy men, around 1,000mg a day is about right. If you have heart problems, you may need 2,000 to 4,000mg but check with your doctor first. Take BiOmega with meals to boost absorption and avoid any fishy aftertaste.


3. Vitamin D
More and more research is showing the many benefits and the many reasons why people can be low on this fat-soluble vitamin. A staggering number of men – even in Australia and
New Zealand – are short of it despite the fact that the major source of vitamin D isn’t diet at all – it occurs when UV light in sunshine reacts with a cholesterol-like substance in the skin.
Low levels have been linked with a number of health problems including low immunity and depression.

4. Probiotic
These are the bacteria that naturally live in your gut. Here, they process foods and play an important part in protecting your immune system. Try taking one stick pack of USANA Probiotic every other day to feed your internal bacteria and help your immune system. This has a preventative effect – the good bacteria can simply crowd out the bad ones and keep infection at bay. Probiotics also have a role in keeping you to stay regular helping you to feel good from the inside out!

5. Palmetto Plus™
This men’s health formula contains ingredients to protect men’s physiology. For example, it contains saw palmetto and two powerful antioxidants, lycopene and soy isoflavones.

According to one study published in the Journal of Urology, ‘Evidence suggests that saw palmetto may have a significant effect on urinary flow rates and symptom scores compared to placebo in men with lower urinary tract symptoms2.’ Its effects are thought to be due to its reaction with testosterone; it appears to shrink the inner lining that puts pressure on the tubes that carry urine3. Studies suggest that combining saw palmetto with isoflavones, antioxidants found in foods such as legumes and soy may help to improve its
effectiveness4. Plus, both of these plant pigments seem to help retain prostate health.

6. CoQuinone100
Coenzyme Q10 – or CoQ10 for short – is made by body cells. It keeps the tiny engines that fire cell functions burning and in this way, providing the energy that cells need to keep working to their best. Less CoQ10 is produced with age so if you want to revive those energy levels, it may be a good option.

7. Procosamine®
If you’re feeling the odd ache and pain in your joints, consider Procosamine.
Adequate levels of glucosamine may help to rebuild lost cartilage. But unlike regular glucosamine products, Procosamine contains Meriva® curcumin a potent anti-inflammatory which is nearly 29 times more bioavailable as regular turmeric to supercharge this Indian spice’s already super effective action.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare practitioner.
Our latest issue of Product Focus provides in-depth information about which supplements are great for men's health. Hop onto the Hub to find out more and download your free copy of the newsletter!

References
1. McGinley C1, Shafat A, Donnelly AE. Does antioxidant vitamin supplementation protect
against muscle damage? Sports Med. 2009;39(12):1011-32. doi: 10.2165/11317890-
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nih.gov/pubmed/19902983
2. Gerber GS. Saw palmetto for the treatment of men with lower urinary tract
symptoms. J Urol. 2000 May;163(5):1408-12. Accessed 15 September 2014.
Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10751846

3. Saw palmetto Medline Plus U.S. National Library of Medicine. National
Institutes of Health Accessed 15 September 2014. Available from: http://
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/971.html

4. Aaron E. Katz. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2002,
8(6): 813-821. doi:10.1089/10755530260511829. Accessed 15 September 2014Available
from: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/10755530260511829




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BiOmega Jr - Great for kids of all ages!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team



Battling your kids to eat healthily and try new tastes is one thing. Clashing with them to take their supplements is quite another.

Now, your fish oil supplement is one battle you don’t have to get involved with…

USANA’s tasty BiOmega™ Jr. is made with a taste your children will be happy to accept. Packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA), BiOmega Jr. has a fresh natural orange flavour and doesn’t contain artificial colourings and flavourings. BiOmega Jr. is flavoured with the natural sweetener, Stevia – so it tastes good but won’t damage children’s delicate teeth. Offer one stick pack every other day to your kids – they’re bound to love it!
But BiOmega Jr. isn’t just for little kids…

If you gag at the thought of fish oil capsules, or if you just want to try a super-pleasant alternative, try BiOmega Jr.It contains 2000mg fish oil and 650mg omega-3 fatty acids (DHA 230 mg and 350mg EPA).

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats. Both are vital for a healthy body and a healthy brain.
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.

If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.