Ready, set, sail!

Last Saturday, after more than two years of planning and preparation, Dr. Sam Rehnborg and the Double X crew embarked on a South Pacific adventure. The goal? To retrace Dr. Sam’s voyage from 40 years ago, observing how diet and lifestyle habits influence people’s health in different cultures.

The air was buzzing with excitement as well-wishers gathered on the Marin Headlands, holding bon voyage banners and cheering on the crew as they departed. One of those well-wishers was Dr. Sam’s wife, Francesca, who will join the crew in a few weeks.

In addition to the crowd on land a helicopter flew overhead with a camera dangling off its nose capturing the excitement as the Double X sailed under the bridge.

The launch was a thrilling culmination to weeks of preparation. Many details went into planning, including carefully packed bags; checking and rechecking supplies; purchasing, preparing and storing food and even completing a medical training.

Throughout the journey, Dr. Sam and the Double X crew will report back on their adventures, the people they meet and the places they visit. Dr. Sam will also share his reflections on changes since he set sail to some of the same destinations more than 40 years ago.

071616 Double X Crew

Click here for more information and make sure to follow Dr.Sam’s journey of a lifetime at DrSamsBlog.com and the #doublexadventures for more Insider updates. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to have his blog updates delivered directly to your inbox.

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Practice makes perfect

Though Dr. Sam won’t officially leave on his sailing trip until July 16th, he and the Double X crew were able to practice a bit while motoring up the California coast to bring Double X from Newport Beach to San Francisco.

Though they were only 10 miles offshore, the weather and currents made motoring around Point Conception a particularly rough obstacle, especially since it’s what many call the most challenging passage along the West coast, notorious for its extreme winds and pounding waves.

The boat took a beating but came through with flying colors, thanks to an experienced captain and his sailing knowledge. All in all, Dr. Sam says the experience boosted his confidence not only in the stability of Double X, but also in the amazing talent and teamwork of the crew.

Though the journey was short in comparison to the actual journey ahead, the trip reminded Dr. Sam about some of the differences that separate life on land from sea.  Though people were experiencing very hot temperatures on land just a few miles away, Dr. Sam and his crew were dressed in layers to protect them from the frigid sea air. There was also an element of isolation—even though millions of people live within a couple hundred miles of the coastline, virtually no one else was out on the ocean.

The short practice run ended just in time for the wedding of Dr. Sam’s youngest daughter.

Click here for more information and continue to follow Dr. Sam’s journey on his blog http://drsamsblog.com/.

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Amway’s presenting at the United Nations!

Amway at the 2016 Ideagen UN Empowering Women & Girls 2030 Summit

Today Jeff Terry, global manager for Amway corporate social responsibility, will be presenting at the U.N. during the Ideagen.

Since 2014, and his team have worked closely with the U.N. through multiple initiatives.  Amway is actively engaged in the U.N. Scaling Up Nutrition initiative and the Every Woman, Every Child Initiative; both efforts are focused on improving the nutrition and health of children globally. Additionally, Jeff serves as the only private sector representative on the U.N. Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group.

Last year, Jeff participated in a series of events as part of the U.N. General Assembly and the announcement of Sustainable Development Goals, including the goal to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030. As part of that effort, Terry represented Amway in our commitment to nearly double the reach of our Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign. Following this commitment, Amway is expanding Little Bits will help tens of thousands of children in 20 countries by the end 2019.

Ideagen bring together leading voices from the world’s top companies, non-governmental organizations and the public sector in an effort to drive collective societal impact and craft partnership to enable a future we can all take pride in.

The 2016 summit is focused on the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. Attendees will discuss the main obstacles threatening that empowerment and be encouraged to develop solutions for their organizations to combat these pressing issues.

Jeff will lead a session highlighting Amway’s work to improve the lives of women and girls through global entrepreneurship efforts and our effort to fight around the world, with representatives from key partners like and

Additionally, the summit will reveal the 2016 list of the top 100 individuals and organizations that empower women and girls.

Other presenters include ABC’s Shark Tank’s Daymond John, the European Union, U.N. Women, USAID, and representatives from the White House, Red Cross, Johnson & Johnson, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, IBM and Wells Fargo. 3BL Media will be covering the event.

You can follow this year’s Ideagen Summit on Twitter at #ideagensummits and #3BLmedia. When the Ideagen Summit comes to a close, continue to follow Amway’s efforts to make the world a better place at #powerof5.

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Futuristic fall and winter looks

 

Fashion and makeup are taking a decidedly futuristic and architectural turn in the fall/winter collection of designer Pamella Roland and looks by Artistry™ Global Makeup Artist Rick DiCecca.

Modern Japanese architecture inspired Roland’s collection at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016, and DiCecca’s runway makeup designs followed suit.

“Our clothes are very futuristic looking, like a lot of the buildings are in Tokyo,” Roland says. “The makeup is very straight-line, no curves.”

Roland calls her color picks for the season true fall colors: navies, blacks and whites, plus slate and ruby. DiCecca created dramatic makeup looks for Roland’s runway show using Artistry™ cosmetics.

“Makeup is a fun way to be creative,” Roland says. “People want to be entertained. Makeup can be entertaining.”

For instructions on how to recreate the look for yourself,  click here to see the steps required to get Rick DiCecca’s stunning runway look.

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Product safety straight talk

When you purchase a product, you assume it will work as promised. But how can you be sure that the product is effective and safe?

One way is to determine whether the maker has stringent safety requirements to assure product safety.

“Safety is the foundational element of product formulation,” says Joe Dever, a board-certified senior toxicologist on the Amway Global Safety Team. The toxicologist’s job, he says, is to study adverse effects and help ensure products won’t cause them. “First, we ensure that each raw ingredient is inherently safe. Only then can we determine the most effective dose without risking an adverse effect.

“Making a product is a fluid process that’s anything but simple,” continues Dever. He likens formulating high-quality supplements to an art form, where each product is a painting. “Toxicologists contribute brushstrokes to get to the final masterpiece,” he says.

Independent affirmation of safety from a resident toxicologist provides an added layer of safety that is rare for some products. Amway safety expertise is much sought-after in many markets and regulatory agencies view the company as a trusted partner in setting high safety standards.

“Amway has one global safety standard based on the latest research, and it often exceeds individual market requirements for safety,” adds Debbie Laverty, Amway director of regulatory affairs.

“That speaks volumes about our uncompromising commitment to safety, Laverty concludes. “It tells consumers that they can have great confidence in our company and our products.

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Direct selling works

“This actually works.”

With three simple words, Huffington Post contributor Regan Long captured why Amway and other direct sellers continue to prosper. Contrary to what some may believe, Amway and other industry leaders are built on models that “actually work.”

Throughout the article Long explains the benefits of direct-selling, emphasizing the freedom and opportunity that becoming an entrepreneur offers. No matter who you are, where you come from, or how much experience you have, direct selling offer anyone the chance to become a business owner and earn extra income on their own timetable.

Long’s article joins a growing number of stories that paint a realistic, yet optimistic, view of direct selling, encouraging discussions that are grounded in truth, rather than speculation, about the industry.

And Amway wants to keep the conversation going. Last month we launched Amway Answers. Visitors to the site will find videos, posts, and graphics answering common questions about Amway and the direct selling industry.

Instead of avoiding certain conversations, Amway Answers provides easily accessible answers to any inquisitive visitor, encouraging informed discussions about the opportunities its direct selling opportunity offers.

  —By Ericka Buitenhuis, intern, Amway Global Public Relations  

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Why we age and what you can do about it

Sooner or later, each of us will grow old, but what causes this?

Research points to three factors as primary influencers. 

Genetic makeup
Genetic makeup is comprised of genes we inherit from our parents. Healthy longevity tends to run in families, and hundreds of genes may be involved. Exactly which is not yet clear, but one thing is certain . . . we don’t have a lot of control over our genetic makeup.

However, there are factors that we do have a degree of control over.

Environmental factors
Exposure to UV radiation and pollution are environmental factors that influence the rate of aging. Research shows that excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, for example, accelerates aging in exposed skin due to its damaging effects on skin cells. Similarly, prolonged exposure to particulate air pollution can cause premature aging of delicate respiratory and eye tissues. The guiding principle is to avoid prolonged or chronic exposure.

Lifestyle and behavioral factors that impact aging include risky behaviors, physical activity, diet, stress coping, sleep, sense of purpose, and social support and connectedness.

Avoiding smoking, over consumption of alcohol, and keeping clear of risky behaviors are important foundational steps we need to consider.

Start now!
The good news is that there is plenty you can do to slow aging. Start with

  • Regular physical activity
  • Healthy food choices
  • Healthy stress coping
  • Adequate sleep
  • Positive social connections
  • A clear sense of purpose

Ongoing and future research will seek to bring insight to the benefit of each. Research includes the Stanford Prevention Research Center Wellness Living Laboratory (WELL), which is in part funded by a $10 million unrestricted gift from Amway.

 

By: R. Keith Randolph, PhD, nutrition technology strategist, Nutrilite Health Institute

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Dr. Sam Rehnborg sets sail

Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Sam Rehnborg sailed into Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, California, after navigating around the world on the Firebird. He covered more than 40,000 nautical miles and visited 39 countries in just under three years. Shortly after he set his anchor ashore, he plunged back into his Nutrilite career with vigor, sharing the message of optimal health and being a product of the product.

Thirty-eight years later, Amway is the number one direct-selling company and Nutrilite is the number one vitamin and dietary supplement brand in the world* with sales of more than $5 billion and growing. Now in his 80s, Dr. Sam is preparing to again sail the South Pacific to see how the people and places have changed and share his thoughts about achieving optimal health in today’s world.

At the end of his trip, Dr. Sam will continue his journey by sharing his observations and things he has learned along the way.

Follow his journey at www.DrSamsBlog.com or on Twitter @SailForChange as he retraces his steps for a healthy you, a healthy community and a healthy planet.

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited. http://www.euromonitor.com/amway-claims  

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Artistry hits the runway!

The slits, sleeves, and sparkles of Pamella Roland’s 2017 resort collection set her stage aglow, dazzling audiences with a truly celestial spectacle. Roland’s gowns and pantsuits, however, weren’t the only thing twinkling in her collection. Before the show, the unmistakable gleam of Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss illuminated Global Makeup Artist Rick DiCecca’s hand as he put the finishing touches on a model’s face.

As a sponsor of Roland’s 2017 Resort Collection, Artistry™ was the featured cosmetic line in the show. DiCecca was the creator behind the runway look, using products from across the Artistry brand to enhance the clean and bright feel of the collection.

Starting with a base of Ideal Radiance Illuminating Essence, Artistry Supreme LX Face Cream, and Artistry Supreme LX Eye Cream, DiCecca and his team of Artistry stylists combined Artistry Youth Extend Foundation and Artistry Stick Concealer to set the stage for flawless complexion. DiCecca then used Artistry’s Signature Color Eye shadow, Longwearing Eye Pencil, and Length and Definition Mascara to leave models with a runway-ready eyes. To finish the look off, DiCecca applied a coat of Misty Mauve or Pink Beige Artistry Signature Color Light Up Lip Gloss.

The pairing of Artistry and Ms. Roland’s collection was a perfect match. As a brand that continually seeks to develop products that give women across the world a striking, radiant look, it only makes sense that Artistry would debut during Resort Fashion week sponsoring a clothing show exuding the same feel.

The show was held on June 8th, 2016 at Bvglari as part of New York Fashion Week: Resort.

—By Ericka Buitenhuis, intern, Amway Global Public Relations

 

 

 

 

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John Morgan wins packaging 2016 INNOCOS award

From successfully managing the launch of eight seasonal Artistry collections to developing new strategies and training programs used across the globe, John Morgan has accomplished much in just the five short years he’s been at Amway. The list of achievements doesn’t stop there, however. On June 9, Morgan was awarded the 2016 INNOCOS Innovation Leader of the Year Award for his work in packaging.

Every year, three INNOCOS awards are given out to recognize three individuals who have shown exceptional talent in the beauty industry in one of three categories—marketing, product, or packaging.

Though the competition was tough, Morgan stood out from the rest for his leadership skills and “efforts in establishing the packaging development function for Amway in the New York office and the role he plays in Intelligent Package Design initiative.”

Leader seems an appropriate adjective to describe Morgan. In addition to his contributions at Amway, Morgan has served as a Senior Development Manager of the Consumer Product Division at L’Oréal USA and started his own Package Development Consultancy firm Evoke Design, LLC, where MAC Cosmetics was among his clients.

When he isn’t leading inside the office, Morgan is mentoring students at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Rutgers University or actively participating in various prominent industry organizations such CIBS, CEW, WWD, and New Jersey Packaging Executives Club’s board.

Currently Morgan is leading the Open Innovation enterprise strategy for smart and interactive packaging, a part of Amway’s Global Discovery organization. There, Morgan’s packaging expertise is being expanded beyond just beauty to reach home and nutrition as well.

The award was given at the World Beauty Innovation Summit held from June 9-10th in Vienna, Austria.

—By Ericka Buitenhuis, intern, Amway Global Public Relations

 

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