BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: February, 2006


The reasons we work

On Valentine’s Day Quixtar Communications shared some love — or rather, what we love — with those we work with.

Every team member had a heart to decorate with whatever they love — or, to quote a recent ad campaign, why we work.

While most of us bring a lot of energy and passion to what we do and why we’re here to do it, we ultimately work because of what who or what we love.  We have children to raise.  Elderly parents to support.  A spouse to help through medical school.  A dream or our own or a dream of someone else’s.  Plans for the future.

So there were lots of hearts with photos of children, grandkids, spouses, and significant others.  There were shots of pets, from mutts to AKC champions.  And there were those who loved a place — whether it was a golf course or a fishing hole. Still others loved something you could put a price tag on, like a flat screen television or a vehicular object of desire.

And while we were celebrating February, our minds were already turning to fall.  That’s because people who work on publications and catalogs are typically thinking three to six months ahead of the rest of us.  The phrase “Christmas in July” has its origins in publishing, as the women’s magazines (what used to be called the “seven sisters”) Christmas issues were typically put to bed by Independence Day.  Likewise, we’re now starting work on the Fall Store for More and Choices catalogs.  People who want to put their winter coats in storage are thinking about what folks will be wearing next winter.

As for me, I’d prefer to linger a bit in the summer to come rather than launch right into thinking about next fall.  So I’m going to spend time tomorrow with the What You Want team — they’re just starting summer!


Optimal Health…Not just a goal, but a place

Last week I had the privilege of hosting Quixtar's Executive Diamond Council members at Nutrilite.  In a few months Nutrilite will open the Center for Optimal Health at its Buena Park Headquarters, and Quixtar EDCs were the first to get a sneak preview of all the Center has to offer.

It's a beautiful facility that tells the story of seed to tablet quality that's behind every Nutrilite product.  There's a fabulous 22-minute film that highlights Nutrilite's farming operations from Lakeview, California to Brazil.  There's a garden of displays that talk about how Nutrilite grows and concentrates plants like no one else.  It literally brings the Nutrilite best of nature, best of science, story to life.

And then, the program got personal about how one can achieve Optimal Health by making changes in the way they eat, move, and live.  EDC members went through a rigorous test protocol, including blood work to determine cholesterol, glucose, and other tests plus the levels of nutrients they have in their bodies.  A health assessment tested body mass index, recovery heart rate, bone density, grip strength, abdominal strength, and other factors.  At the end of it all, each person got a session with Nutrilite Health Insittute Director Dr. Duke Johnson and with Sean Foy, Nutrilite's fitness expert.  The result is a customized plan to help address problem or potential problem areas through diet, lifestyle, and exercise changes.

I went through the earlier iteration of this program three years ago, so I had  results to compare with where I am today.  What I learned then didn't surprise me — I wasn't exercising and I love to eat.  That doesn't create a path to Optimal Health.  In the past three years I've started working out (I've covered my passion for the elliptical trainer here before) with cardio and strength training 3-5 times a week.  I've become better about what I eat and sought balance in my diet. The good news is that I've converted more than 20 percent of my body fat over to lean muscle tissue.  The not-as-good-news is that there's more to convert!  Still, I had made changes since my last visit that made a real difference in my health — and have an opportunity to make even more.

The Optimal Health philosophy is to make small changes first.  Every little bit helps, whether it's starting to walk rather than drive or to take the steps rather than the elevator.  And as you build strength and endurance, you can do more and do more to improve your health.

The center doesn't open for months, but you can get your own sneak peek at (IBO view only).  There you'll have a guided tour and hear from some of the people behind the center. 

It's almost like being there!