Friday, May 6, 2016

Third Duffield sister joins Team USANA



USANA Australia is excited to announce that Perth cyclist Sarah Duffield has joined her sisters, triathletes Michelle and Katy Duffield, on Team USANA.

Sarah began her athlete career as a triathlete back in 2011. In 2012 she finished in the top ten in the World Championship Age Group Sprint triathlon and in 2014 Sarah pushed her boundaries and finished top three in the Australian National Sprint Distance Championships.

Sarah associated herself with Exceed Triathlon Club whom are renowned as the Elite Triathlon Club in WA. During her time with Exceed, she successfully qualified for and represented Australia in New Zealand at the Sprint Distance Age Group World Championships.

After some time competing in triathlons Sarah began to focus more on the bike leg as this is where she felt she had an advantage over her competitors.

Following a winter of pure cycling only, Sarah decided to make the transition into female specific cycling where she began racing locally and has now progressed through the ranks and is racing on the national racing circuit.
Sarah has recently been selected for a European based cycling team and will race for a period of three month in a number of European countries.
 
Sarah said she is “absolutely delighted” to be joining Team USANA.

“It's gives me great confidence going to Europe knowing that I've got a wealth of knowledge and experience behind me to ensure I can continue to push the boundaries as a cyclist in both training and competition”.

USANA Australia is excited have Sarah on board and wishes her luck in all her upcoming events.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

USANA's immune-boosting product Proglucamune wins Stevie award

USANA’s Proglucamune has won bronze at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in the Innovation in Consumer Products & Services category.

David Mulham, USANA Executive Vice President of Pacific & Europe, said he was proud of this achievement.

“Proglucamune is great because it is like an insurance against colds and flus that help you stay fit and well even when under stress.”

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only business awards program to recognize achievement in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in programs such as The International Business Awards for more than a decade.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were selected by more than 50 executives around the world.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 executives around the world acting as judges in March and April.

More information about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the list of Stevie Award winners are available here.

To find out more information about USANA and Proglucamune visit www.usana.com


 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Olympic shooter Keith Ferguson shoots for the sky with USANA



Keith Ferguson may have been a late starter to the sport of shooting, starting when he was 26 years old; however the Victorian quickly became one of Australia’s leading skeet shooters, winning a number of state, national and Oceania medals.

At 32 years of age Keith made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, where he finished in 20th position in the men’s skeet event.
               
Now Keith, who is ranked #2 in Australia, has his eyes set on the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Keith, who has been taking USANA products for the past 6 months, said it is an “honour to be part of the USANA athlete team… and I love the products”.

“As a competitive clay target shooter it is important that I'm always at my peak,” he said. “I need my mind sharp and my body in good condition and with the USANA team behind me I feel like I can perform at my best every time anytime.”

Currently Keith exercises with gym and cardio four to six times a week and trains four to five times a week depending on competitions, work and general life commitments. He also works five days a week with his day usually starting around 5.30am and finishing around 9.30pm.

It's safe to say Keith is a busy man but that doesn't stop him from chasing his goals and following his dreams. He works off a tight monthly schedule which includes meals and times to eat, work, gym, training, family and down time.

Keith said his USANA supplements, combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle make him feel “more alive”.

“I have more energy, am more focused throughout the day and I feel more balanced and consistent.”

Keith said his health is crucial for his competitions, which run over two (sometimes three) full-days with three rounds on the first day and two rounds plus the final on the second day.

“If I don’t have the right nutrition then my energy levels can rise and fall and be inconsistent with the times I need to focus the most and during the times that I need to be calm and collected; so consistent, extended focus and energy is vital for good performance.

“I want to be the best I can be. When I finish I don’t want to have any regrets so every time I go to compete I go to give it my best,” he said.

“I know that I can only do this for a short time. So I need to make the most of my chances now. I want to be remembered in my sport for many years to come.”

From Keith’s experience, his advice to upcoming athletes and people who are interested in sport and their health is to “just be yourself; don’t try to be someone else”.

We wish Keith luck in the upcoming Olympic trials, and welcome him to Team USANA.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

USANA Visionex keeps your eyes fit and focused



Too often when we think of improving our health we focus on the inside (our heart, our digestive system and our muscles) and forget about the outside (our eyes).

There are so many environmental factors in our daily lives which can affect our eyes including pollution, exposure to the sun or staring at a computer screen all day. All of these factors put a strain on our eyes which can lead to deteriorating effects, therefore the use of supplementation, regular eye checkups or eating certain foods can help to reduce these effects.

Since majority of Australians do not consume the recommended servings of fruits and veggies, supplementation is important to meet the nutrition gap.

That’s where USANA’s Visionex™ comes in! With guaranteed levels of lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vitamin C, zinc and bilberry extract Visionex is essential for keeping your eyes fit and focused.
Visionex works to help maintain optimal eye function by providing nutrients, specifically antioxidants to counter free-radical damage.

So what makes Visionex different?

Visionex is a unique and comprehensive formulation of ingredients which maintain eye health and aid acute vision. These include:

Lutein & Zeaxanthin – are important antioxidant components of the macula of the eye. Lutein is believed to function in two ways: first as a filter of high-energy blue light and second as an antioxidant that quenches light-induced free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Zeaxanthin is another carotenoid and an even more powerful antioxidant against free radicals.

Bilberry Extract – a fruit which is rich in antioxidants and helps to maintain healthy capillaries in the eye

Vitamin C – provides additional antioxidant protection especially to the lens of the eye

Zinc – supports and promotes good visual acuity

Visionex is designed to support long-term eye health, especially when combined preventative measures against exposure to harmful environmental factors. It is also suitable for vegetarians.

For more tips on how to improve your eye health click here or if you would like to know more about the importance of eye health click here.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.

References:
1. Stahl W. Macular carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. Dev Ophthalmol38:70-88
 (2005).
2. Richer S, et al.  Double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of lutein and antioxidant supplementation in the intervention of atrophic age-related macular degeneration: the Veterans LAST study (Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial). Optometry 75(4):216-30 (2004). human retinas. Meth. Enzymol. 299:457-67. 1999 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Duffield sisters combine forces with USANA: Triathlete Katy Duffield joins Team USANA




USANA Australia is excited to welcome Katy Duffield to Team USANA. Katy will join the team alongside many amazing USANA sponsored athletes including her twin sister Michelle.

Katy, who is ranked #19* in the world, said she is “incredibly excited to be partnering with USANA”.

“I have trusted their products for many years to help keep my body in peak physical condition,” she said. “The training demands of being a full time professional triathlete can put a massive strain on the body, which is why I trust USANA to help keep me healthy. The USANA products help with my daily energy levels and aid the recovery process. I wouldn't have anyone else on my team.”

Katy, who started competing in triathlons nearly 10 years ago after witnessing the fun and the sense of accomplishment her sister got when she competed, said since her first triathlon all those years ago she has never looked back.
Katy said triathlon is a sport that is comprised of three sports in one.

“My 'chosen' distance in the sport is one that requires incredible endurance (3.8km swim/ 180km bike/ 42.2km run), for this reason I am always looking to maintain my daily energy levels to meet the demands of my training load. I also need to maintain my joint mobility for longevity in the sport, and protein is a must for speedy muscle recovery,” she said.

This year, Katy is taking the plunge into a full-time training and racing career as a professional athlete.

“This is something I have worked so hard for and I am excited about the opportunities I will be faced with over the coming years,” she said. “I hope to explore my potential as I push my body and mind to the limit.”


Katy said in the short term she will be focusing on training and racing consistently, while long term she hopes to contend with the best women in the sport and turn some heads at a world championship event.”

Over the years Katy has had lots of highlights, “especially since racing at the professional level” but one of her favourites is at the Busselton 70.3 in 2014.

Katy said a healthy lifestyle is essential in order to train and compete at her best.

USANA helps 'fill the gaps' in my daily diet. It gives me piece of mind that my body is getting what it needs to maintain a healthy balance,” she said.
I am always looking to get an edge over my competitors and there are so many big gains to be made simply by making the right lifestyle choices,” she said.

 “As a professional athlete I must adhere to strict drug regulations as set by ASDA. I have been drug tested while using the products and I have never had an issue. I have put my career as a professional athlete in their hands”. 

Katy’s usual routine consists of “train, eat, sleep, repeat” and each day is meticulously planned out with “nothing left to chance”. She said maintaining focus is simply a matter of asking yourself “how bad do you want it?"

“If you are willing to put everything on the line for it and work your butt off day and night for it, then that is what you will do. I don't wake up each morning and wonder how I am going to work towards my goal today. I know exactly what I need to do! Each day I get out of bed with a clear goal. I am excited to go out and chase my dream, so I’d say this is what keeps me going. I love what I do and I'm willing to do what it takes,” she said.

Katy’s advice for anyone thinking of joining the sport or becoming and athlete is to “go for it!” She said to “take the leap of faith and do what you need to do to experience success”.


*rank as of March 2016