Losing to gain

At Amway, we encourage people to take control of their own health.

Amway Malaysia’s Nutrilite Shape Up and Amway Indonesia’s Nutrilite Ambassador programs are two excellent ways to start.

For 10 weeks, 20 of our distributors from Malaysia and Indonesia met with nutritionists, physicians and exercise experts. They learned about the importance of balanced nutrition and exercise.

And then they went to work. 

Losing weight is not easy. But their friends and family would not let them give up, encouraging their journey toward better health through social media. Facebook fans followed their progress, watched their testimonial videos and were inspired to start their own weight loss programs.  

The result? In less than three months, these 20 distributors lost a combined weight of more than 100 kilograms or 220 pounds.  

But what they gained was even greater – lower blood pressure, reduced body fat and the improved self confidence that comes from achieving your goals. 



One cup at a time

Amway, our distributors and customers  support the communities in which we do business in many ways, including promoting  local crops and products, such as coffee. 

Amway Thailand got into the coffee business in the late 1980s, when the Royal Family established the Doi Tung and Doi Kam Foundation to address deforestation  by helping farmers use sustainable methods to grow crops. 

Amway was among the first companies to support  the cause by offering  Amfee Roasted Coffee, a top seller for Amway Thailand last year. 

Amway Indonesia  partnered with a government agency to help small business owners sell local products through the UKMWAY program.  Today  Gayo Java Blend coffee beans are brewed in homes all over Indonesia.

Each time our customers  enjoy Amfee Roasted or Gayo Java Blend coffee, they  help support local farmers – one steaming cup at a time.


Making the world a better place

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Did you know that Amway employees and distributors have volunteered more than 2.5 million hours to make the communities where they work and live a better place?

Read about our ongoing efforts around the world in the 2011 Amway Global Corporate Citizenship Report published today, or in the Amway One By One blog.  That blog, by the way, was recently honored as the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility” blog by PR News.


One step at a time

How do you encourage people to exercise?  You make it fun!

Recently Amway Indonesia organized a health expo and Fun Walk in Pontianak City on Borneo Island.  After a brief warm up, more than 950 people of all ages walked Pontianak’s main street.  Or marched,  as a local high school marching band encouraged walkers along the way to finish the  four kilometer, or less than three mile, walk.

Amway produces Nutrilite nutrition and wellness products.  But, we aren’t just interested in selling vitamins. We actively encourage our distributors, employees and communities to live healthier lives through nutrition and exercise.

A healthier lifestyle is a journey you take one step at a time, just like our walkers in Indonesia.


A lot of cheering going on

As a kid, I tried every sport out there and my mom would tote me around the city, pack my snacks, pay my fees, and most of all, cheer me on.

Amway is doing the same thing as we sponsor teams and athletes around the world and around the world of sports.  These sponsorships include:

Badminton: In Indonesia, six badminton players wear the Nutrilite name including Men’s Double Champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

Basketball: The NBA’s Orlando Magic call the Amway Center home and their practice jerseys also sport our logo. Amway China and Amway Taiwan sponsor the Nutrilite Junior NBA tournament, a program which brings fun and healthy activities to hundreds of middle school students who compete against each other to travel to the United States to participate in NBA All-Star weekend.

Billiards: The World Pool Billiard’s Association Women’s 9-Ball Open has been sponsored by Amway Taiwan for 14 years.

Cricket: Adam Gilchrist is an Amway spokesperson for Australia.

Football: NFL MVP and quarterback Kurt Warner also works with Nutrilite and Amway North America to promote nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Gymnastics: Amway China sponsors the Chinese artistic gymnastics team, which recently brought home 13 gold medals from the 2010 Asian Games.

Hockey:  The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings wear the Amway logo on their practice jerseys and the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins will also wear the logo at home and away.

Ice Skating: Since 2007, Amway Canada and Artistry have sponsored Skate Canada, an event that features the world’s top skaters, and Amway China sponsored Artistry on Ice in 2010 and will repeat again this year.

Running:  Marathon runner Kara Goucher is a spokesperson for Nutrilite and Amway North America.

Soccer: Nutrilite is a premium sponsor of professional Italian team AC Milan. Amway Canada sponsors the Nutrilite Canadian Championship; that decides who will represent Canada in the World Cup, and Amway Korea sponsored the Korea Republic team in last summer’s World Cup.  North America is the presenting sponsor of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

Swimming: Olympic Gold medalist Libby Trickett represents our brands in Australia

That’s a lot of cheering, in a lot of different languages, going on.


Para guru

Editor’s Note:  My colleague Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy usually contributes to the Amway Insider blog through her photography, as she captures images of Amway people, places and things from our world headquarters and elsewhere.  Today Sri shares a story with us about a program in Indonesia that pairs Amway employee and distributor volunteers with pediatric cancer patients.

The Indonesian word for “teacher” is “guru.” Or a group of teachers are called ”guru guru” or “para guru.”

For the young patients at Indonesia’s Dharmais hospital, a special group of para guru provide a critical link between learning and healing.

Kids are supposed to spend their days playing and learning. But for children suffering from cancer, going to school is interrupted by hospitalizations and treatment.  Amway Indonesia hopes to fill the gap in the patients’ education by bringing lessons to the hospital ward, through Amway employees and distributors who volunteer their time to be para guru to these students.

These guru guru volunteer their time to teach math, computer, music and English every Wednesday and Friday at Dharmais, continuing Amway Indonesia’s commitment to making the hospital a place for learning and fun as well as medical care.


Champion connection

What do the Chinese artistic gymnastics team and Indonesian badminton  players Markis Kito and Hendra Setiawan have in common?

Gold medals and Nutrilite.

The Chinese gymnasts and the Indonesian badminton duo struck gold at the recent Asian Games in Guangzhou.  The Chinese gymnasts took gold in 13 events at the games and Markis and Hendra won the men’s doubles competition.

Amway China and Nutrilite are sponsors of the Chinese artistic gymnastics team and Amway Indonesia and Nutrilite sponsor six Indonesian badminton players, including Markis and Hendra.

It’s a champion connection we’re proud to be part of.


Riding the rainbow

Increasing traffic in Jakarta has helped create a greater interest in cycling. It’s a popular activity among Indonesians because it promotes wellness and increases environmental awareness.

Recently Amway Indonesia provided support to the Gowes Pelangi Fun Bike event. Approximately two thousand people had fun riding their bikes together through the streets of Jakarta. A NUTRILITE booth greeted them at the finish line and offered free health assessments to riders including bone density tests, blood pressure screening and BMI tests.

The event was coordinated by alumni cycling enthusiasts of Canisius High School in Jakarta. Money raised from the event benefits victims of the Mentawai Tsunami, the Mt. Merapi volcanic eruption, and Sanggar Anak Akar, a school that focuses on music and arts for underprivileged children.

In the Indonesian language, pelangi means rainbow. And rainbows represent better times and hope for the future. That’s something worth riding your bike for.

Visit our Flickr page to see more photos from the event.