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Our Amway One by One Campaign for Children celebrates 10 years of providing hope, inspiration and generosity to children across the world. In those 10 years, 10 million children have been helped by the efforts of our wonderful distributors and employees. We celebrate that accomplishment and thank everyone who made a difference. We also look forward to the next 10 years of building better lives for children in our communities.

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Phytonutrients: Best of nature, best of science

If success is judged by the numbers, the China & Korea Joint International Phytonutrient Symposium held in Bejing last month exceeded expectations.

More than 300 people attended when organizers anticipated 200. Among them was our team from Nutrilite, including Keith Randolph, the Nutrilite Health Institute’s director of research and development, who presented the latest findings on the antioxidant paradigm.

The one-day event was a lively packed house of scholars and professors, all of them focused on nutritional science and phytonutrient research. Plenty of Q&A took place between the audience and speakers after every presentation.

The speakers presented their interpretations of Randolph’s presentation articulated the fact that we are at a turning point in understanding the role antioxidants play in the body, while identifying the importance of phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli: Specific phytos turn on switches in our cells that enable our bodies to fight oxidative stress.

The symposium played an extra key role in China, where the Chinese Nutrition Society is reviewing whether to institute a daily recommended intake, or DRI, for phytonutrients. The conference presentations gave them a better understanding of the role of antioxidants and the emerging phytonutrient science.

The event was hosted by China Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology and sponsored by Amway China Ltd and Amway Korea. Participants are already looking forward to next year’s symposium.


Phytonutrients: Better is better

When you think about the Nutrilite story, China is really where it all began.

It was nearly 100 years ago that Carl Rehnborg was living and working in China when the “seed” of an idea came to him: He noticed a difference between the health of people living in towns and those living in the country.

He also noticed they had different diets. That’s when he made the connection between health and nutrition.

This week, a team from our Nutrilite Health Institute in Buena Park, California, is headed back to China to discuss the latest research connecting health to nutrition at the China & Korea Joint International Phytonutrient Symposium.

The mantra “more is better” is often applied to supplements, including phytonutrients, those wonderful things in fruits and vegetables that give them their vibrant colors. But NHI Director of Research and Development Keith Randolph, PhD, will present the case for “better is better.”

What does that mean? If you get the right kinds of phytonutrients in the right amounts, it will buoy your body’s own defense mechanisms.

“This research is in its early stages, but we have data that shows cruciferous vegetables as being particularly potent inducers of antioxidant response within the body,” Randolph said. (To save you a trip to Wikipedia, some examples of cruciferous vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage.)

Randolph will be joined at the symposium by nine leading nutritionists from Canada, Japan, China and Korea. And it will include opening remarks from Colleen Carkeet, PhD, senior group leader in Global Regulatory Affairs at Amway.

The event is hosted by China Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology. Amway China Ltd and Amway Korea are sponsors.

The symposium takes place on Friday. For live updates, follow us on Twitter.


ARTISTRY in the spotlight

ARTISTRY played a “break out” role at the 17th Busan International Film Festival as the Diamond Premiere Exclusive Sponsor of the annual competition. The festival ran from Oct. 4-13 and included more than 221,000 guests and 304 films from 75 countries.

The event also featured celebrities, screenwriters, producers, directors and entertainment industry professionals. Among them? Emerging Hollywood actress Teresa Palmer. We know her better as the global face of ARTISTRY.

Palmer’s recent film, “Wish You Were Here,” was filmed in Cambodia and screened at BIFF. She shined in a Naeem Khan tufted taffeta, bejeweled gown. And, thanks to a billboard 74 meters wide and 29 meters tall, she also took center stage during a fireworks display.

“It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life,” Palmer said. “Seeing my face emblazoned on a gigantic billboard is one thing, but sharing the evening with such amazing talent from around the world in support of independent filmmaking – I felt so blessed.”

Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews said ARTISTRY’s sponsorship of BIFF shows Amway is staking its claim as one of the top five premium skincare brands around the world.

“Our goal is to help all women take their beauty forward with superior products that perform, and a business opportunity that helps them play the ‘leading ladies’ in their own lives with grace and poise,” Matthews said.

Check out more photos from the amazing 10-day festival at ARTISTRY’s Facebook page.


Third time’s the charm

The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida has been named Sports Facility of the Year in Street and Smith’s annual Sports Business Awards.  The Center, which opened in 2010, has been nominated twice before and this year took top honors.

The Sports Business Awards honor excellence in the sports business.  Winners were selected by a panel of sports industry executives based on growth, creativity and innovation.

The Amway Center came out on top, clearly harnessing the culture of Central Florida and setting a standard for sports facilities across the country.
Photo credit: Ben Tanner


Celebration on the 4th

Fireworks, a parade and musical talent — our 4th of July celebration has it all!

Announced this morning, Florida pop-punk band We the Kings and up-and-coming country singer Ashley Gearing will perform at the Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks celebration on the evening of Monday, July 4.

The free and family-friendly Independence Day celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. with a parade featuring former U.S. Congressman Vern Ehlers as grand marshal. Live music at both Ah Nab Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle will precede the fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. with We the Kings to perform immediately following.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Goal, scored!

On Saturday, April 16, Nutrilite was the match sponsor of A.C. Milan’s game against Sampdoria – which A.C. Milan won 3-0!  If you were at the game you saw Nutrilite branding, products and product experts throughout San Siro Stadium.

About 30 hostesses were roaming around the stands with Nutrilite questionnaires on Apple iPads. Nearly 800 fans participated in a health survey and received a personalized response on Monday that included customized recommendations about which products would best fit their nutritional needs.

After the match, a USD $150,000 check was donated by the Goal by Goal campaign, representing USD $2,500 for each goal scored by A.C. Milan players during the season so far. Star player Robinho accepted on behalf of the team.  The funds will be used by the A.C. Milan Foundation to build a new sports center facility where it’s needed in an at-risk area of Naples.

Goal, scored!


Figure skating with the stars

Amway was among the constellation of big stars at yesterday’s Skating with the Stars Gala, a benefit for Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), where the greatest skaters along with celebrities, corporate and community leaders come together for an evening of ice skating at the Trump Wollman Rink in iconic Central Park in New York City.

Our very own Candace Matthews, Amway Chief Marketing Officer, joined Figure Skating in Harlem’s Board of Directors in 2005 and has served several terms as FSH’s Board Chair and Gala Co-Chair. 

Through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, it is our mission to offer children the resources they need to live, achieve, learn and play, and FSH is an excellent example of a program we support. FSH is the first and only youth development organization that uses figure skating to draw girls from underserved communities into an after-school education and ice skating program, giving them the tools they need to realize their true potential.

Currently up for grabs on is a trip for two to attend Artistry on Ice in Shanghai, China. The event, named after our prestige skincare and beauty brand, Artistry, made headlines around the world last year when Olympic gold medal pair Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo exchanged vows on ice. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Figure Skating in Harlem.


Nutrilite’s Jr. NBA “All-Stars”

This past weekend the winning team from the Amway Nutrilite Junior NBA challenge, the Tigers, made their trip to Los Angeles to attend the NBA All-Star game.

Their journey began last spring when four cities in China and Taiwan held basketball skills challenges for thousands of kids between the ages of seven and twelve. Six lucky kids selected from each city were invited to a city camp where they worked one-on-one with Dwight Howard of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. The boys were then divided into two teams of twelve players each. They competed against each other in games in both Beijing and Taipei. And the winning team made the trip to the United States.

On Friday the team spent the day at the Nutrilite COH in Buena Park where they toured our facilities, enjoyed a fun-filled round of our “Color Yourself Healthy” beanbag game, and were put through the paces in a fitness session with Diane Paetz, Nutrilite’s fitness instructor.

On Saturday they played an exhibition game against the Junior NBA Clippers at the NBA Jam Session in the LA Convention Center.  Throughout their visit their biggest support came from Taiwanese celebrity, and former Asian basketball star Chen Chien-Chou, affectionately known as “Blackie” in Asia, who accompanied the team on their trip.  

The highlight of the trip was spent watching the Slam-Dunk competition and then the All-Star game Sunday night. You can see more photos from the trip on Amway Taiwan’s Junior NBA Facebook page and the Global Nutrilite Facebook page.


Goal by Goal, kids in Naples score

If you’re a fan of the AC Milan soccer team, I’m guessing you already know they scored two goals last night in their match with Cesena in Milan. But as a fan you may or may not know about the goal that went into the net after the game. NUTRILITE and Amway announced last night that they would continue the Goal by Goal Campaign in support of the AC Milan Foundation. Amway Area manager Fabrizio Suaria presented the AC Milan Foundation with a check for US $85,000, a total that represents the 34 goals scored in the first half of the season. Star player Pato accepted the check on behalf of the team and the foundation.

And now that the second half of the season has begun, every time an AC Milan player scores a goal NUTRILITE and Amway will donate US $2500 to the foundation. The money raised will fund the construction of a multi-purpose sports center for children in a depressed, at risk area of Naples, Italy.

Over the past three years the Goal by Goal campaign, as part of Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children, has donated US $250,000 to the AC Milan Foundation.

NUTRILITE is a premier sponsor of the AC Milan soccer team and our scientists work directly with MilanLab’s scientists to provide nutritional consulting and supplementation choices to players on the team.

It’s becoming clear to me how influential the AC Milan soccer team is. Because, really, if you know something about soccer, you know AC Milan. And if you know something about vitamins and nutrition, you know, and “like”, NUTRILITE.