Thursday, February 27, 2014

Who Came Out On Top In The #Sochi Medal Count? @USANAinc Athletes Lead In Gold

News Release

Who Came Out On Top In The #Sochi Medal Count? @USANAinc Athletes Lead In Gold
  

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A leader in nutrition and now a leader in Winter Games gold, USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) congratulates all of its sponsored athletes on their remarkable feats in Sochi. 

If @TeamUSANA was a country, it would have placed second in the overall medal standings with a record 30 podium appearances—13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze—and tied with Russia for the most gold hardware of the Games. USANA's sponsored athletes set the bar high for future competitions, marking their places in history in nearly 10 events, including four inaugural Winter Games competitions.

"Hundreds of athletes trust their health to USANA and this medal count shows why," said USANA Chief Communications Officer Dan Macuga. "To finish second overall is astounding and we couldn't be more proud of all of our Team USANA athletes on their performances in Sochi."

HIGHLIGHTS

USANA Brand Ambassador Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid secured Winter gold for the second consecutive time after Canada's women's hockey team defeated the USA, 3-2 in overtime.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association scored 17 medals (record 8 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze) during the Games, including historical gold for both men and women, in the inaugural ski halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding events.

U.S. Speedskating short track athletes J.R. Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone took home the team's only medal of the Games, capturing silver in the 5000m relay.

Erin Hamlin of USA Luge secured bronze in the women's single event, becoming the first American luger to medal at any Winter Games.

Speed Skating Canada captured 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals during the Games, two of which were earned by long tracker Denny Morrison.

Five USANA-sponsored athletes of South Korea's Speed Skating and Short Track teams secured five medals during the Games, three of which were won by Park Seung-hi in the 1000m, 3000m Relay and 500m.

U.S. Women's Ski Jumping's Jessica Jerome, Lindsey Van and Brand Ambassador Sarah Hendrickson competed in the Winter Game debut of women's ski jumping, placing 10th, 15th and 21st respectively.

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About USANA

Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and energy products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City. Learn more about USANA by visiting our web site http://www.usana.com or the official USANA blog http://whatsupusana.com 

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency in a High Risk Population Living in Northern Climates


At a Glance:

A new study shows that high doses of vitamin D supplementation in African American adults may be needed to meet even minimal recommended blood levels.


Read more about this research below:

The African American population is known to have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer than other American adults. It has been proposed that this may be due in part to lower circulating vitamin D levels in this population.  
In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers sought to determine the dose-response relation between vitamin D supplementation and subsequent blood levels of vitamin D.

The study was conducted in Boston, MA and included 328 African American adults who were enrolled over three winters from 2007 to 2010. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four supplement groups taking either a placebo or 1,000 IU, 2000 IU, or 4000 IU of vitamin D daily. Diet history and socioeconomic information was collected from all subjects, and blood samples were collected at the beginning and again at 3 and 6 months. 

At the beginning of the study, the average vitamin D level of each group was below the levels recommended by the Institute of Medicine (20ng/mL). After three months of supplementation the vitamin D level in the placebo group fell from 15.1ng/mL to 13.7 ng/mL, while the groups supplemented with 1,000 IU, 2,000 IU and 4,000 IU rose to 29.7 ng/mL, 34.8 ng/mL and 45.9 ng/mL respectively. The dose required to increase blood vitamin D levels to 20ng/mL in more than 97.5% of the subjects was estimated to be 1,640 IU. Supplementation with 4,000 IU was needed to reach vitamin D levels of at least 33 ng/mL in more than 80% of the subjects.

In this study of African American adults, supplementation with 4,000 IU per day was needed to achieve vitamin D concentrations shown in observational studies to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. High risk populations living in Northern climates should be encouraged to discuss vitamin D supplementation with their health care professional. 

Kimmie Ng et al.  Dose response to vitamin D supplementation in African Americans: results of a 4-arm, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.  Am J Clin Nutr March 2014 vol. 99 no. 3 587-598.

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essential of Health



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

USANA Health & Freedom Presentation / Associate Training in NC

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

710 Corporate Center Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607



Registration: 8:30am – 8:55am

Health and Freedom Presentation by Sandy Holcomb & Robin Thomas: 9:00am – 9:45am

Associate Training: 10:00am – Noon

On Site Lunch: Noon – 1:00pm

Associate Training: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Learn how to build a thriving USANA business from USANA 1 Star Diamond Directors Pete and Dora Zdanis
  

• USANA Top 20 Income Earners
• USANA Fortune 25 Founders
• USANA Million Dollar Club Founders
• USANA Premier Platinum PaceSetters
• USANA Dr. Myron Wentz Vision Award Finalists
• USANA Children's Champion Award Recipients
• USANA Independent Distributor Council Founders
• USANA Elite Bonus Recipients

Health and Freedom Presentation - Guests Free; Associate Training Including Lunch - $20

Associate Training Materials Required: Health and Freedom Newspaper, and Vision Tour Workbook

Reserve your seats, including lunch selections, by Sunday, March 23rd, with Sam DuBose - sam@winifredbernard.com

Lunch Selections: Chicken Caesar Salad, or Turkey & Provolone Wrap, or Spinach Salad with Chicken

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Lead a World Class Life



 by Jim Rohn

Every four years the world is given the gift of the Olympics. For a few weeks nations lay down their arms and come together to let their world class athletes compete on a level playing field to see who the best is in the many events. It boggles the mind what these young men and women can accomplish with their bodies—great feats of skill and determination bring them to the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Incredible.

As I think about what it takes to become a world class athlete capable of competing at the Olympic level, I realize that there are some foundational lessons for all of us to learn as it relates to becoming world class in whatever we set our hands to.

The secret of how these athletes became world class is found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

We all know people who dream of big things but never accomplish those dreams, don't we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. But the engine that drives the dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want, while dedication is what will get it for you.  

There are three parts to desire: 1. Dreaming, 2.The Vision and 3. Focus.

First, is dreaming. Have you let yourself dream lately? Just sit down and begin to imagine all of the incredible possibilities your life could become? Spend some time just dreaming. 

Next is the vision. Once you dream, you begin to cut back on all of the possibilities and narrow it to what possibility it is that you really want. You begin to create a vision for your life. You begin to see it as you want it. 

Lastly under desire is focus. Once you have the vision, you have to really focus in on that dream. This is where you get really specific about what your life is going to look like.

There are also three parts for dedication: 1. The Plan, 2. Beginning and 3. Perseverance.

First is the plan. Without a plan you will drift to and fro. You will certainly not carry out your dream if you do not have a plan. So write it down. Set your goals. Know what you want and how you are going to get there. 
Second is the beginning. This may sound simple and yet it is simply profound. Many people have a dream and they even have a plan, but they never begin. So simple: just start. The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.

Lastly is to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section that is hard to travel. Every great dream will encounter difficulty. The question isn't whether or not you will encounter trouble but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough or will you persevere? I have found that every successful person I know, myself included, has encountered problems along the way that tempted them to quit. Yet they persevered and achieved their dream.

Let's take a look at the progression. As you do, think about where you are in the progression of becoming a world class dream pursuer.

1. Dream
2. Create a vision
3. Focus the vision
4. Develop a plan
5. Begin to pursue the dream
6. Persevere

Friends, I hope for you the fulfillment of every dream that you have. That is what life is about isn't it? But to do so, I know that you will have to combine your desire with good old dedication. And when you combine those two, you will be well on your way to leading a world class life!





Saturday, February 22, 2014

Zdanis USANA Team Recognition - Week Ending 02.21.14




New Distributor Associate Team Members

·         Lisa Linsday, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
·         Jona Monayao, Corpus Christi, TX, US  
·         Marion Pincus,  Bedminster, NJ, US  
·         Viviane Reyes, San Elizario, TX, US  

Title Advancements

·         Ray Devers, Mariposa, CA, US - SHARER
·         David Sanchez, Las Cruces, NM, US - SHARER
·         Elenita Sheeler, Corpus Christi, TX, US - SHARER

Top 10 Income Earners

1, Pete and Dora Zdanis, Philadelphia, PA, US  
2, Bruce Pierce, Tempe, AZ, US  
3, Bob Shehan, El Paso, TX, US  
4, Norm Bryant, Albuquerque, NM, US  
5, Richard Cameron, Hamilton, ON, CA
6, Carlos Landin Jr., El Paso, TX, US  
7, Carol Sullivan, Las Cruces, NM, US  
8, Ruth Kohake, Yonkers, NY, US  
9, Jim and Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
10, Elizabeth Pasquale, Ossining, NY, US  


Top Sponsors – Distributor Associates

1, Judy Adams, Portland, TX, US  
1, Jim and Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Yvonne Reyes, El Paso, TX, US  
1, Elenita Sheeler, Corpus Christi, TX, US  

Top Enrollers – Preferred Customers

1, Shirlene Cecile, Kihei, HI, US  
1, Susan Conover, Lubbock, TX, US  
1, Veronica Flores, El Paso, TX, US  
1, David Gabriele, Etobicoke, ON, CA
1, Manuel Howie, Las Cruces, NM, US  
1, Keith and Nora Jones, Corpus Christi, TX, US  
1, Julianne Koritz, Highland Beach, FL, US  
1, Carlos Landin Jr., El Paso, TX, US  
1, Lisa Linsday, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Jim and Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Lori Morris, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Robin Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC, US  


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Attitude Is Everything


by Jim Rohn

The process of human change begins within us. We all have tremendous potential. We all desire good results from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.

Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.

Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.

No one else "makes us angry." We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not them. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.  

If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.

If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude or seek to steal it away.

Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. The combination of a sound personal philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and the world around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our existence. 



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Decreases Inflammatory Markers in Blood

At a Glance:

The results of a new meta-analysis shows that long-term supplementation with omega-3s reduce blood markers of inflammation and may reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory-related diseases.


Read more about this research below: 

Inflammation is known to play a role in numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity-related diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids have often been linked to benefits regarding these conditions, likely due to their anti-inflammatory function.  

In a recent meta-analysis published in the online journal PLoS One, scientists reviewed the literature to determine the effect of marine-derived omega-3s on blood levels of several markers of inflammation.  

The meta-analysis included 4,601 participants from 68 randomized, controlled trials of healthy subjects, subjects with chronic autoimmune diseases, and subjects with chronic non-autoimmune diseases (ie. cardiovascular disease). Fasting blood levels of the inflammatory markers TNF-a (tumor necrosis factor-alpha), IL-6 (interleukin-6) and CRP (C-reactive protein) were compiled and analyzed. Researchers also separated studies using omega-3s from supplementation as active treatment with those using omega-3s from dietary intake (fish) and included them into different meta-analyses.

A combined analysis of all study subjects revealed a significant link between omega-3 supplementation and decreased blood levels of CRP and IL-6. Among the subjects with chronic non-autoimmune disease, a longer duration of supplementation related to an even greater reduction in blood levels of IL-6 and TNF-a. A similar finding was observed for IL-6 among healthy subjects. Higher dietary intake of omega-3s did result in lower IL-6 levels, but fish intake alone (without supplementation) did not appear to lower CRP or TNF-a. The benefits of omega-3 supplementation were also more significant in non-obese subjects (BMI <30 chronic="" disease="" font="" group.="" in="" non-autoimmune="" particularly="" the="">

The results of this study confirm that long-term supplementation of omega-3s from fish oil can effectively lower inflammatory markers and may help reduce the risk of chronic inflammation. 

Li K, Huang T, Zheng J, Wu K, Li D (2014) Effect of Marine-Derived n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin 6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor a: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88103. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088103

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health





Saturday, February 15, 2014

Zdanis USANA Team Recognition - Week Ending 02.14.14





New Distributor Associate Team Members

·         Janno Adelan, Corpus Christi, TX, US  
·         Roy Harwell, El Paso, TX, US  
·         Katrina Hoogenboom, Terre Haute, IN, US  
·         Maureen Karth, San Marcos, TX, US  
·         Daniel Wilson, El Paso, TX, US  

Title Advancements

·         Peter Harwell, El Paso, TX, US - BUILDER  
·         Desiree Golden, Las Cruces, NM, US - SHARER 
·         Rachel Sousa, Albuquerque, NM, US - SHARER 

Top 10 Income Earners

1, Pete and Dora Zdanis, Philadelphia, PA, US  
2, Bruce Pierce, Tempe, AZ, US  
3, Bob Shehan, El Paso, TX, US  
4, Norm Bryant, Albuquerque, NM, US  
5, Richard Cameron, Hamilton, ON, CA
6, Carlos Landin Jr., El Paso, TX, US  
7, Dr. Gary Young, Hartsdale, NY, US  
8, Jim & Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
9, Ruth Kohake, Yonkers, NY, US  
10, Dr. Chuck Misja, Hudson, OH, US  


Top Sponsors – Distributor Associates

2, Peter Harwell, El Paso, TX, US  
1, Jim and Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Elenita Sheeler, Corpus Christi, TX, US  
1, Chris Shehan, El Paso, TX, US  


Top Enrollers – Preferred Customers

4, Desiree Golden, Las Cruces, NM, US  
2, Joel Loya, El Paso, TX, US  
2, Elizabeth Pasquale, Ossining, NY, US  
1, Michael Allgeier Sr., Erie, PA, US  
1, Teresa Estrada, Albuquerque, NM, US  
1, David Gabriele, Etobicoke, ON, CA
1, Alejandro Garcia, El Paso, TX, US  
1, Keith and Nora Jones, Corpus Christi, TX, US  
1, Jim and Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US  
1, Ron Scherff, Westcliffe, CO, US  
1, Tara Smith, Hamilton, ON, CA,
1, Robin Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC, US  
1, Bettina Wittemeier, Toronto, ON, CA


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Low Omega-3 Intake During Pregnancy Increases Postpartum Depression Risk

At a Glance:

Research on omega-3 fatty acid levels in women during late pregnancy reveal a connection between low omega-3 intake during pregnancy and higher risk of postpartum depression.


Read more about this research below: 

Postpartum depression is a relatively common disorder that can lead to unhealthy early mother-infant interaction and potentially poor early childhood development. It is estimated that the disorder may affect as many as 10-15% of women in the first three months after birth. Several previous studies have looked at the possible connection between seafood intake and the incidence of postpartum depression.

In a study published online in Plos One, researchers sought to determine whether a low maternal omega-3 index in late pregnancy was associated with higher levels of postpartum depressive symptoms. The omega-3 index is a measurement of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA in red blood cells, expressed as a percentage of total fatty acids.

The study group included 72 Norwegian women who were pregnant between November 2009 and June 2011. At 28 weeks of pregnancy, blood samples were taken from the mothers to determine the fatty acids status. At the well baby check-up 3 months postpartum, a regional version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was used to determine the level of depressive symptoms in the mothers.

The women with a lower omega-3 index had a higher level of depressive symptoms three months after pregnancy. When analyzing %DHA alone, the association was even more significant. In addition to the omega-3 index and DHA content, other measures such as the omega-3/omega-6 ratio were also inversely correlated to higher depressive symptoms. The reported dietary and supplemental intake of fish was highly correlated to the measured omega-3 index.

Since a low omega-3 index during pregnancy may be associated with a higher rate of depression symptoms after childbirth, increasing seafood or omega-3 supplement intake during and after pregnancy should be encouraged, especially in those that eat little to no seafood.

The researchers also suggest that larger and more powerful intervention studies should be completed, since there are currently no established reference values for fatty acid status in pregnant or lactating women.

Markhus MW, Skotheim S, Graff IE, Fr√łyland L, Braarud HC, et al. (2013) Low Omega-3 Index in Pregnancy Is a Possible Biological Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression. PLoS ONE 8(7): e67617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067617

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essential of Health 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Four Steps to Success


by Jim Rohn

Let me pass on to you these four simple steps to success: 

1. Collect good ideas. My mentor taught me to keep a journal when I was 25 years old. I've been doing it now all these years. They will be passed on to my children and my grandchildren. If you hear a good health idea, capture it, write it down. Don't trust your memory. Then on a cold wintry evening, go back through your journal, the ideas that changed your life, the ideas that saved your marriage, the ideas that bailed you out of bankruptcy, the ideas that helped you become successful, the ideas that made you millions. What a good review. Going back over the collection of ideas that you gathered over the years. So be a collector of good ideas for your business, for your relationships, for your future.

2. Have good plans. Have a good plan for the day, a good plan for the future, a good health plan, a good plan for your marriage. Building anything is like building a house—you need to have a plan. Now here is a good time management question: When should you start the day? Answer: As soon as you have it finished. It is like building a house, building a life. What if you just started laying bricks and somebody asks, "What are you building?" and you say, "I have no idea." Don’t start the house until you finish it. Now, is it possible to finish the house before you start it? Yes, but it would be foolish to start before you had it finished. Not a bad time management idea. Don't start the day until it is pretty well finished—at least the outline of the day. Leave some room to improvise. Leave some room for extra strategies, but finish it before you start it.

And here is the next piece that is a little more challenging: Do not start the week until you have it finished. Lay it out, structure it, then put it to work. Then the next one is a little tougher yet; do not start the month until you have it finished.  

And finally the big one, don't start the year until it is finished on paper. It's not a bad idea, toward the end of the year, to sit down with your family for the family structure plans, sit down in your business for the business plans, sit down with your financial advisor for your investments and map out the year... properties to buy, properties to sell, places to go with your family, lay out the year. 

3. Learn to handle the passing of time. It takes time to build a career, it takes time to make changes, so give your project time, give your people time. If you're working with people, give them time to learn, grow, change, develop, produce. And here is the big one... give yourself time. It takes time to master something new. It takes time to make altered changes and refinement in philosophy as well as activity. Give yourself time to learn, time to get it, time to start some momentum, time to finally achieve. 

4. Learn to solve problems, business problems, family problems, financial problems, emotional –challenges for us all. Here's the best way to treat a problem: as an opportunity to grow. Change if you have to, modify if you must, discard an old philosophy that wasn't working well for a new one. The best phrase my mentor ever gave me was when he said, "Mr. Rohn, if you will change, everything will change for you." Wow, I took that to heart, and sure enough the more I changed the more everything changed for me.

So learn to master good ideas, have good plans, handle the passing of time and solve problems, and you will be on your way to more success than you could ever imagine!



Activity Matters Most




by Michael S. Clouse

Surveys have always fascinated me... Ask a few hundred people how they feel about this or that, and you can presumably understand the mindset of an entire nation! Indeed, polls are conducted daily to determine how we feel about politics, why we purchase certain products, and even what we watch—or don't watch—on TV.

All of this sampling got me thinking one day about the Network Marketing business we're in... For example, if you were to survey those already in the business, what would you ask them? What insights should they provide? And could any of this gleaned information be valuable to you?

Consider the following, and you decide...

Years ago I discovered that those who are deemed to be Masters in this "Networking thing" understand three simple truths about the business. 

Although you might hear these truths expressed somewhat differently from leader to leader, the underlying facts remain the same. For purposes of our discussion, we'll refer to these truisms as, "Network Marketing's Three Rules of Three."

1. Know The Business You're In
    Network Marketing is about three things:
    a) Finding People to talk to—Prospecting.
    b) Talking to the people you find—Presentation.
    c) Teaching others to do the same—Duplication.

2. Understand The Rules
    Regardless of how you present your business:
    a) Some people decide to join—Some Will.
    b) Some people decide not to join—Some Won't.
    c) Some people decide not to decide—So What...

3. Get Better At The Game
    Because everything in life is about who you become:
    a) Work more on yourself than you do on your business.
    b) Again, work more on yourself than you do on your business.
    c) And again, work more on yourself than you do on your business.

I share this with you because for years leaders have been searching for a simple, highly duplicatable MLM system that new distributors could use to more quickly achieve success. And the most interesting part is, I now believe we've been overlooking the obvious for decades...

If it's true that in order to grow the organization, we need to contact people, involve them and teach them—and we do... If it's true that Some Will, Some Won't, and So What are all good things—and they are... And if we really need to be working on ourselves—our personal development—more than we work on the business... Well then, what could possibly be this simple shortcut to success?

To find the answer, conduct your own personal poll.

Take your census of the top 25 successful leaders in your company. Call them, text message them, or e-mail them—whatever it takes for you to get together long enough to ask three questions:

1) How were you introduced to the business—audio recording, video presentation, or through some event?

2) How would you describe the skill-set of the person who sponsored you?

3) Once you were introduced to the company, how long did it take to decide you wanted to do this business?

That's it!

And in case you're interested, here's what I've discovered...

Question #1 could easily provide you with 25 different answers, especially if you ask which audio recording, video presentation, or event they attended. 

Question #2 again, will probably provide a plethora of answers from talented to tolerable to terrible. 

Question #3 however, is the all-important key to your survey.

Because what the answers to this third question will reveal, are that leaders who make the most money in our industry—regardless of how they were introduced, and regardless of by whom—for some unexplained reason they "got it" and they "got in" right away... Those who build the largest organizations—same thing—they "got it" and they "got in" right away. And best of all (pay close attention here, because this is your simple shortcut to success) those you have yet to meet, those unnamed individuals destined to become leaders, they'll "get it" and "get in" right away too—almost regardless of what you know, say, and do—if you will just expose them to your business!

Imagine that! Activity matters most!

The beauty of this overlooked shortcut to success is knowing that in the beginning what you lack in skill, you can actually make up for with activity! Combine that belief with a proven MLM system for contacting new prospects, and your company's next great "Triple Diamond Star Fleet Commander" could easily be sponsored by you—again, regardless of your current level of expertise!

Now I'm not suggesting that you skip mastering "Network Marketing's Three Rules of Three." Quite the contrary. Just because those fortunate few movers and shakers "got it" and "got in" right away, is no reason to miss sponsoring the masses who want to know everything about everything before they're ready to begin...

Therefore, if you truly desire to prosper long-term in this business, immediately begin to weave the golden thread of activity throughout your business tapestry—known to all successful leaders as "Network Marketing's Three Rules of Three"—and not only will you have an excellent chance of sponsoring that next mega superstar—you'll be able to keep them.

So what are you waiting for? Get something about your company—product, service, or opportunity—into the hands of your friends, family, and business associates right away....

All the best,
MSC

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Zdanis USANA Team Recognition - Week Ending 02.07.14




New Distributor Associate Team Members

·         Sergio Pinto, Hamilton, ON, CA
·         Daniel Wilson, El Paso, TX, US

Top 10 Income Earners

1, Pete and Dora Zdanis, Philadelphia, PA, US
2, Bruce Pierce, Tempe, AZ, US
3, Bob Shehan, El Paso, TX, US
4, Richard Cameron, Hamilton, ON, CA
5, Norm Bryant, Albuquerque, NM, US
6, Dr. Gary Young, Hartsdale, NY, US
7, Ruth Kohake, Yonkers, NY, US
8, Pauline Puzynska, Hamilton, ON, CA
9, John Chan, Doylestown, PA, US
10, Carlos Landin Jr., El Paso, TX, US


Top Sponsors – Distributor Associates

1, Richard Cameron, Hamilton, ON, CA
1, Peter Harwell, El Paso, TX, US


Top Enrollers – Preferred Customers

2, Michelle Baranowski, Hamilton, ON, CA
1, Yvonne Acosta, El Paso, TX, US
1, Rosemary Blair, Las Cruces, NM, US
1, Carolyn Bush, Mountain View, CA, US
1, Ezequiel Cedillo, El Paso, TX, US
1, Robin Holmes, Bynum, NC, US
1, Ruth Kohake, Yonkers, NY, US
1, Julianne Koritz, Highland Beach, FL, US
1, Mary Lindemann, Keswick, ON, CA
1, Nathan Madrid, Portland, TX, US
1, Ivan Martinez, El Paso, TX, US
1, Jim & Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US
1, Edward O'Mara, Wayne, PA, US
1, Robin Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC, US



Friday, February 7, 2014

Higher EPA and DHA levels are correlated with healthier brain size in aging adults



At a Glance:

A new study has found that higher omega-3 blood levels are associated with a larger overall brain volume in elderly women. 




Read more about this research below: 

Normal aging results in overall brain atrophy, or shrinkage. In a new study published online in the journal Neurology, scientists looked at the possible association between higher levels omega-3 fatty acids and greater brain volume in aging adults. 

The study included 1,111 women aged 65 to 80 enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. At the beginning of the study, blood samples were taken to analyze omega-3 fatty acid (EPA and DHA) levels. On an average of 8 years later, magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) was conducted to measure brain volumes. In addition to total brain volume, several specific regions of the brain were also measured. Adjustments were made for factors such as hormone therapy, time since randomization, demographics, and cerebral and cardiovascular disease risk.

In fully adjusted models, a greater blood volume of EPA and DHA was correlated with a larger brain volume, and even more specifically with greater hippocampal volume in these postmenopausal women. The hippocampus is an area of the brain involved with cognition and learning. This effect on brain volume is thought to be the equivalent of delaying the normal age-related loss of brain cells by one to two years.

The results of this study suggest that higher omega-3 fatty acid levels achieved through diet or supplementation may reduce normal brain atrophy and help delay cognitive aging and dementia. 

Pottala JV et al.  Higher RBC EPA + DHA corresponds with larger total brain and hippocampal volumes: WHIMS-MRI Study.  Neurology. 2014 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]  

SOURCE: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

USANA Health Sciences Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2013 Financial Results

News Release

  • Fourth quarter net sales increased by 10.5% to $186.3 million
  • Fourth quarter earnings per share increased by 11.0% to $1.41
  • 2013 marks 11th consecutive year of record sales ($718.2 million)
  • Earnings per share increased to a record $5.56 for the year
  • Initial 2014 net sales and earnings outlook provided

SALT LAKE CITY -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Feb. 4, 2014 -- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full-year ended December 28, 2013. The Company also provided net sales and earnings guidance for 2014.

Financial Performance

For the fourth quarter of 2013, net sales increased by 10.5% to $186.3 million, compared with $168.5 million in the prior-year period. The Company’s Asia Pacific and North America/Europe regions both reported sales and customer growth for the quarter. This growth was driven by the successful adoption of the initiatives launched at the Company’s 2013 International Convention held in August. The initiatives, which are designed to promote long-term sustainable customer growth, provide customers with opportunities for preferred pricing and additional compensation under the Company’s Associate compensation plan. Unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates reduced net sales in the quarter by $2.9 million.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter increased to $20.3 million, a 9.9% improvement, compared with the prior-year period. This increase was driven by higher net sales, lower relative selling, general and administrative expense, and a lower effective tax rate. The 29.8% effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 470 basis points lower than the fourth quarter of 2012 due primarily to benefits from a Utah state tax policy election change recognized in the fourth quarter of 2013. These benefits were partially offset by lower gross margins and higher Associate Incentives expense, which are also attributable to initiatives launched at the 2013 convention. Earnings per share for the quarter increased by 11% to $1.41 compared with $1.27 in the fourth quarter of the prior year. The growth in earnings per share was attributable to higher net earnings. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 14.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with 14.5 million in the prior-year period.

“The successful execution by our entire organization of the initiatives announced back in August led to a better-than-expected fourth quarter and cap a year of significant achievements and record operating results,” said Dave Wentz, USANA’s Chief Executive Officer. “These results mark our 11th consecutive year of record sales. The initiatives that we introduced at our 2013 International Convention and that we plan to implement in 2014 are each aimed at our overall strategy of promoting customer loyalty, enjoyment and success with USANA. While the objective of these initiatives is to drive long-term, sustainable growth, they have been adopted by our Associates and customers even more quickly than anticipated and have resulted in an excellent fourth quarter.”

Regional Results

Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased by 13.0% to $121.8 million, compared with $107.8 million for the fourth quarter of the prior year. This improvement was due primarily to sales growth in the Greater China and Southeast Asia Pacific regions with China and Singapore experiencing the most meaningful growth. Although USANA generated nearly 15% sales growth in the Greater China region, top line results were impacted negatively by lower sales in Hong Kong.

Net sales in North America/Europe increased by 6.1% to $64.5 million, compared with $60.7 million in the prior-year period. Every market in the region achieved top line growth, with Mexico and Canada experiencing the largest increases.

“Our business grew in each of our regions during the fourth quarter,” continued Wentz. “The pricing initiatives directed at some of our more mature markets have generated meaningful improvements to our business in Canada,Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, our Greater China region continues to produce solid customer and sales growth. We look forward to continued growth in 2014.”

2013 Results

For the year ended December 28, 2013, net sales increased by 10.7% to $718.2 million, compared with $648.7 million in the prior year. The Company’s Asia Pacific and North America/Europe regions both reported growth for the year. Net sales for the full-year were negatively impacted by $2.8 million due to changes in currency exchange rates.

Net earnings for 2013 increased by 19.0% to $79.0 million, or $5.56 per share, compared with $4.45 per share in the prior year. The increase in net earnings was due primarily to higher net sales and lower relative operating expenses. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 14.2 million at fiscal year-end 2013, compared with 14.9 in the prior-year period.

Cash generated from operations totaled $99.9 million for the year ended December 28, 2013. The Company repurchased 414,000 shares in 2013 for a total investment of $18.1 million. The Company ended the year debt–free, with a remaining share repurchase authorization of approximately $13.6 million.

“This was an exceptional year for USANA,” concluded Mr. Wentz. “We implemented significant improvements to our business that have already produced positive results and that provide a foundation for long-term sustainable growth in the future. We ended the year with strong momentum that has continued into 2014. Our initiatives for the year ahead will build on that momentum with additional personalization initiatives, continued training and education of our sales force, and continuing to reward growth in each of our regions. Our financial outlook suggests that these strategies will produce yet another record year in 2014.”