Archive for September, 2011

One by One across Europe

Friday, 30 September, 2011

Europe has been a hotbed of activities for the Amway One by One campaign.

From races, to fashion shows, to playground building, our employees and distributors have been contributing time and money for children’s causes. Here are a few examples:

London, UK: Amway employees and distributors organized a fashion show at the Amway Experience Center to raise funds for a trauma center and outreach program for children in remote villages in Nepal.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amway sponsored the Dam tot Damloop run to raise funds for UNICEF to support schools in Mozambique. More than 75 Amway employees and distributors from six countries participated in the ten-mile run.

Moscow, Russia: Two Nutrilite running campaigns were held as part of the International Peace Marathon in Moscow where 1,000 Amway distributors participated to raise funds for the Equal in Sport project for children with disabilities.

Vienna, Austria: Amway helped raise money for Kinderkrebshilfe, which helps children with cancer, by supporting the Business Run in Vienna.

Bratislava, Slovakia: Amway supported the River Park Night Run, where 80 Amway distributors raised funds for UNICEF by participating in a nine-kilometer run.

Copenhagen, Denmark: With the support of Amway distributors, 14 Amway teams took part in an annual 5-kilometer relay race to raise money for Julemærkefond, a foundation that supports children in special schools.

Kiev, Ukraine: During an Amway road show held across the country, Amway volunteers built children’s playgrounds at seven regional hospitals, which will help more than 30,000 children.

Stockholm, Sweden: Amway challenged distributors to participate in the Bellman 5×5 km relay race, and 230 people rose to the challenge, raising money for the Red Cross to support relief work in the Horn of Africa.

Peiting, Germany: At this year‘s “Pfaffenwinkel Radrundfahrt” bike race, Amway participated with 200 bikers, which made Amway the largest group of participants. For every biker, Amway donated 25 Euros to Kunterbunt, which provides holiday parties and excursions for disabled children and teenagers.

Paris, France: Employees and distributors of Amway took part in the second “Heroes Race” to raise money for Theodora, an organization that brings clowns to children’s hospitals.

Milan, Italy: Amway supported the Milan Junior Camp to provide access for underprivileged children, and provided access to children with special needs from Russia to visit the AC Milan soccer team.

Krakow, Poland: Amway employees and distributors built a playground for children in partnership with government officials from Poland and the United States.

Thanks to Karin Schmid for sharing these stories.

KaBoom Aberdeen!

Thursday, 29 September, 2011

Aberdeen Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been transformed!

Read about the new playground built by Amway employees and community members on the Amway Insider blog.

Healthy how? lunches for kids

Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

We know we should feed our children healthy food, especially during the school year, but what are some realistic options?

“Our children are overfed and undernourished,” says Julie Upton, MS, RD a registered dietitian and Nutrilite spokesperson. “Obesity rates are soaring among our next generation, along with chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes among school-aged kids. Some 98% of children fail to meet their daily fruit and veggie targets and most children are getting too many calories from nutrient-poor choices that provide little more than added sugars to their diet. A nutritious diet is key to help children stay focused and learn.”

The Nutrilite Health Institute offers the following simple school lunch meal plan, with a guide for the benefits each meal brings.

Monday Health Benefits  
1/4 cup hummus OR  1/4 cup olive & garbanzo bean salad with light Italian salad dressing and a few spoonfuls of low-fat mozzarella cheese cubes Good source of protein, high fiber, good source of folic acid  
4-5 whole wheat crackers Good source of energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals  
1/2 cup carrot sticks High in carotenoids and fiber  
6-8 oz low fat yogurt High in protein, calcium, probiotics, B vitamins, and potassium  
4-6 oz 100% fruit juice Good source of energy, vitamins and minerals  
     
Tuesday Health Benefits  
Whole grain tortilla wrap OR whole Grain bread slice with tuna or other fish salad High in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, omega – 3 fatty acids  
1/2 cup celery sticks OR  red or green pepper sticks with low fat ranch dip OR creamy salad dressing Good source of vitamin C, Fiber, vitamin K, and potassium  
Small apple Good source of fiber and antioxidants  
8 oz low fat milk High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus  
     
Wednesday Health Benefits  
Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread High in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals  
Low-fat String cheese OR three slices of low-fat mozzarella cheese High in protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium,    
Small banana High in potassium and soluble fiber  
4-6 oz 100% juice Good source of energy, vitamins and minerals  
     
Thursday Health Benefits  
Peanut butter (2 tbsp) and banana sandwich on whole wheat OR 1/4 cup egg salad made with low fat mayo on whole wheat bread Peanut butter and banana is energy-packed and high in protein, fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals; egg salad is high in protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals  
1/2 – 1 cup berries High in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients  
6-8 oz Low Fat Yogurt High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, probiotics, B vitamins, and potassium  
Water    
     
Friday Health Benefits  
Cracker sandwiches – 4-5 whole wheat crackers, 2 oz lean lunch meat, and 1 oz slice of cheese High in protein, fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals  
1/2 cup sliced cucumbers with low fat vinaigrette Good source of vitamin C and fiber  
Small pear Good source of vitamin C and fiber  
8 oz low fat milk High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus

See the full release here.

Great minds give alike

Monday, 26 September, 2011

Four times each year, Amway employees gather to donate blood. We do this in every Amway location across the United States, with hundreds of employees participating.

While Amway blood drives have been going on since 1997, few people in the US realize that Amway distributors half a world away are doing the same thing.

Blood drives are a mainstay of Amway corporate citizenship programs in India, where distributors have held more than 400 blood donation drives over the years, collecting 40,000 units.

In one single day at a blood drive in Orissa, more than 830 people donated – the highest number of donors ever recorded there.

Blood is a crucial need across the world, used by hospitals to save lives and respond to crises. The average whole blood and red blood cell transfusion consists of about three donated pints.

So the next time we sign up to make a donation, we do so in the spirit of our colleagues on the other side of the world, helping people live better lives.

Thanks to Jency Schnettler and Raj Narain for contributing to this story. 

A little girl brings art to America

Friday, 23 September, 2011

This story starts with a little aspiring artist. A seven-year old girl from China named Crystal.

In this story, Crystal meets a famous Chinese artist named Guanzhong - an artist whose paintings are so esteemed, they have been used by the Chinese State Department as a gift to heads of state.

Guanzhong says that Crystal has talent, and takes her on as a student.

Fast forward one and a half years. Crystal’s mom, an Amway China employee, is sent to the United States on a six-month work assignment.

During that time, Crystal and her dad visit her mother in the US for a few weeks over the summer. It is her first time with the country, the language and the culture. She is overwhelmed and excited.

While there, the family learns that the largest art competition in the world, ArtPrize, is held in the same community as Amway headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Fast forward four months. A famous Chinese artist named Guanzhong arrives in Grand Rapids on the invitation of his young student, to be a part of the famous ArtPrize art competition.

During his stay, he takes time to help build a playground and beautify a park, painting one of his signature dragons on the sidewalk that kids would soon run and skip across.

While Crystal has returned to China and will only see photos of the artist’s painting, Goddess of the River, her mother will be there to translate the meaning of Guanzhong’s art for all to understand and appreciate, and to introduce this famous Chinese artist to the people of America.

Thanks to Rowley Luo for sharing this personal story with us.

Wings land in West Michigan

Thursday, 22 September, 2011

The Detroit Red Wings stopped in West Michigan on the way to training camp last week.

They visited the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where we found them playing with kids and signing autographs.

Amway just entered into a three-year partnership with the Red Wings, where Amway will be the Wings’ first ever presenting sponsor.

We partnered with the Red Wings earlier this year with a Boys & Girls Club near Detroit. Can’t wait to see what we are able to do together for children in the next three years!

Thanks to Marsha Champion and Katelin McCahill for sharing this story.

J.A. showing the way

Tuesday, 20 September, 2011

Most college graduates have ambiguous feelings about leaving school and entering the “real world.”

That last year is stressful. Should I go to graduate school or find a job? Can I find a job? How?

Amway employees in China are helping to ease that transition by sharing their own personal experiences with students.

The talks cover job seeking techniques, career development plans, interview skills and even English learning tips.

From March to May, 30 employees visit universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in partnership with Junior Achievement.

The partnership goes back to 2006, and includes a Job Shadow Day for high school students and a Composition Match for elementary students. More than 100 employees from Amway China have volunteered in many ways to help students prepare for their career development and Amway China President Audie Wong serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement China.

Students don’t have to look at the future with fear or uncertainty. There are many who have gone before them, and are willing to show the way.

Thank you to Rowley Luo for sharing this story.

 

Live United

Monday, 19 September, 2011

We are in the middle of our annual United Way campaign at Amway headquarters in Michigan and at our other offices across the US.

United Way is an important organization that assesses needs across the community and secures resources to “advance the common good.”

Here’s a video of our own employees talking about how much a little can do.

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Finding ways to battle childhood cancer

Friday, 16 September, 2011

Almost everyone knows someone who has experienced cancer – a parent, grandparent, family member, or friend.

Sometimes it even occurs in those we wouldn’t expect to find it: in children.

Childhood cancer can be overwhelming for families, but in South America, Amway has found a way to help.

In partnership with Grupo de Apoio ao Adolescente e à Criança com Câncer (GRAACC), Amway Brazil ensures that every child has a chance to battle this disease by helping them gain access to treatment at the Institute of Pediatric Oncology, regardless of geography or economics.

In Venezuela, Amway also strives to help children conquer this disease. Together with Fundación Amigos del Niño con Cancer, a private foundation aimed at helping kids fight cancer, Amway Venezuela supports testing, sponsors medicines, provides lodging and plans social activities.

One day there will be a cure. Until then, we can all find ways to help.

Thanks to Nancy Cortez and Jency Schnettler for contributing to this story.

Small world, big needs

Thursday, 15 September, 2011

While our team was in Zambia last month to kick off the Nutrilite Little Bits program in Lusaka, we learned that Amway distributors were supporting another project just down the road in Khayelitsha.

A group of Amway Independent Business Owners under the US-based Network 21 organization were supporting the distribution of wheelchairs through Free Wheelchair Mission. Network of Caring, the giving arm of Network 21, has sponsored more than 2,500 wheelchairs for people in need around the world.

It just so happened that they were delivering wheelchairs in Zambia on the same day we were delivering Nutrilite Little Bits micronutrients for children.

The needs are great around the world, but when you start to lend a hand, you realize how small the world can be.

Thanks to RD Saunders and Liza Tappenden for sharing, and for the great work you are doing.