Just the facts, ma’am

The direct selling business — just like most sizeable industries — is no stranger to tough questions posed by critics and the media. But when those questions hit home, and are posed instead by friends, relatives or neighbors, it’s helpful to have a place to go for answers.

That’s why the U.S. Direct Selling Association launched its new site, It briefly explains how and why direct selling works, who is involved and the ethics and values the industry lives by.

A quick trip to the site recently garnered the following “a-ha” moments:

  • 74% of U.S. adults have purchased from a direct seller.
  • In 2012 in the U.K., there was a 29% increase in people aged 25 and younger joining direct selling companies.
  • The direct selling business model is vocally supported by the likes of University of New Mexico Professor Linda Farrell, Senior Vice President of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Beverly Baskin and former Federal Trade Commissioner Thomas Leary.

The site also contains helpful links to published academic research on the economic impact and history of direct selling, along with growth and outlook figures for the future.

All in all, it’s a great place to go when — just like Dragnet’s crime solver Sgt. Joe Friday — all you want are the facts.


Living longer, in poor health?

An article on had some disturbing news today. They cited a new study released by JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, that says that baby boomers in the United States are living longer, but they’re not healthier. The study authors stated that boomers “…have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age.”

Poor diet and lack of exercise may be leading people down this path, not only in the U.S., but across the globe.  

At Nutrilite we’ve learned that a plant-based diet rich in whole fruits and vegetables along with regular exercise can help with prevention. And if you have trouble consuming the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables from food alone, then supplementation is important to fill those dietary gaps.

We want people living longer, in good health, being the best they can be.  At Nutrilite that’s something we call Optimal Health, and it’s within everyones’ reach.


Reporting excellence

It’s time to submit your green thumbprint to Amway Colombia for this year’s award competition.

Amway Colombia recognizes the best environmental journalism efforts in that country through the award, “Premio Amway de Periodismo Ambiental.” Instituted 15 years ago, the award has become one of the most prestigious and competitive in the country. Under the theme, “Act green. Leave a green fingerprint,” it recognizes journalists who write news stories that provide feasible solutions to environmental problems and explore ways to better manage our natural resources.

Past winners have examined the impacts of gold mining, coastal erosion and mountain deforestation. The award recognizes top three entries plus three honorable mentions in the professional category and the top two for students. More than COP$23,000,000 (USD$13,000) will be divided among the winners. Entries are expected to exceed 150.

We can’t wait to read all about it, when the winners are announced June 14.