Monday, November 30, 2015

Oral nutritional supplementation improves health outcomes and economic benefits in hospitalized adults

At a Glance:

A retrospective study of over a million hospitalized patients shows that nutritional supplements provided to patients during hospitalization significantly reduces the length of stay and health care costs.

Read more about this research below:

A grow body of evidence suggests that malnutrition is a serious and often unrecognized problem among hospitalized patients.  Malnourished patients are more likely to experience an increased length of stay, higher health care costs, more complications, and a greater chance of readmission and mortality.  

In a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers sought to determine whether oral nutritional supplements, delivering both macronutrients and micronutrients in addition to normal food intake, would improve outcomes in hospitalized patients. 

Researchers used data gathered between 2000 and 2010 to examine the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes by comparing hospital stays where nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide supplements. A total of 1,160,088 total episodes were analyzed (580,044 given oral supplements matched with 580,044 not given supplements).  The length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured in addition to the probability of hospital readmission within 30 days.

The researchers found that patients that were provided with nutritional supplements had a 21% (2.3 days) reduction in the length of hospital stay which also resulted in a cost savings of $4,734.   Supplementation also reduced the probability of patient readmission by 6.7%.

Consistent with results from previous randomized controlled trials, this study indicates that the use of oral nutritional supplements may lead to a significant decrease in the length of hospitalization, cost, and chances of readmission.  And, given the prevalence of malnutrition among this population, nutritional supplementation would be a cost effective method of improving health outcomes while also reducing health care spending.

Tomas J Phillipson et al.  Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes. Am J Manag Care. 2013;19(2):121-128.

SOURCE: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health

Friday, November 27, 2015

December 2015 – USANA Leader Information


Happy Holidays Leaders! Here are some announcements for December so you can plan and promote with your teams.
As of December 11, the Professional Pack will be retiring, the Fast Start Pack will change its name and remove the sponsorship bonus, The Entrepreneur Pack will have a new name, and the Basic Pack will be changed as well.


1.      New Year New YouWe are ready to kick off the New Year with our New Year, New You 2016 tour!  In partnership with local leaders, USANA will be hitting the road with Scientists, Doctors, and USANA Field Leaders to provide training at these guest-focused events. Each location will be hosting a Healthy Mixer to promote the Reset Challenge as part of the overall New Year, New You presentation.  Once again, the New Year, New You Tour will be conducting language specific locations to support our Latino and Chinese communities. The tour runs from January 4 – 24, 2016, all locations and dates will be posted on the HUB next week!

2.      2016 SWEET Retreat #Sweet16 – To our SWEET Sisters, and all of our first time attendees, we are so excited for our 5th Annual SWEET Retreat!  Another opportunity to network with likeminded women, receive specified training, pamper yourselves with a spa party, recognize your peers, and dance ‘till you drop!  It’s one of the most exclusive, amazing events USANA puts on.  Be sure to spread the word to your teammates and friends!  Be sure to get a room in the room block ( is limited, so get registered quicklyClick here to register!

DATE: January 14 – 16, 2016
Location: Hyatt Regency Phoenix
                  122 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Grace Keohohou will also be doing an all day training the Sunday after SWEET Retreat, sponsored by the DSWA – this is another event not to miss, so be sure to plan accordingly so you can attend! Register here for this event!

3.      2016 US High Performance Summit, National Celebration, Awards Gala, and new Future Leaders Program

We will be hosting our US National Celebration again next year in Las Vegas!  This is an event you won’t want to miss.  The High Performance Summit (exclusively for Gold Directors and above) will be on Thursday and the US National Celebration will be a 2-day event, Friday and Saturday, with the Gala being held Friday night.  The US Awards Gala will recognize our top US leaders in the following categories:

?         Top Growers
?         Top Income Earners
?         Top Associate Enrollers
?         Top PC Enrollers
?         Rising Stars
?         Top Income Earners per Rank

The awards period for Gala recognition will go from January 3, 2015 to December 25, 2015.  Keep your eye on our USANA United States Facebook page for updated results at the beginning of each month!

Date:         April 13 – 16, 2016
Location:   Green Valley Ranch
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89052

Future Leaders – We launched an incentive to your teams on October 3!  How do the Silver Directors and below achieve this?  By growing their business between October 3, 2015, and February 27, 2016. Any Associate who is a Silver Director or below at the start of the incentive will need to do these three things to win:

1. Average a minimum of 300 CVP weekly over the promotion period
2. Increase your cumulative CVP by a minimum of 30 percent over the incentive period
3. Have at least five new, personally sponsored teammates generate a minimum of 200 Sales Volume Points (SVP) and open at least 1 Business Center

If they’re able to do this, they will win an exclusive Future Leaders all day training and reception on April 14th where they will learn from our top leaders.  They will also receive registration for the U.S. National Celebration, onstage recognition, a one-night stay at the hotel for the U.S. National Celebration.

Let your teams know about this amazing promotion where anyone can be a winner!

4.      2016 International Convention – Have you pre-registered for 2016 International Convention?  Remember Dr. Wentz’s final words at Convention this year?  It’s going to be an amazing event!  Get your teams there by getting them to here now!

Current Promotions & Incentives:

1.      RESET Challenge – Be on the lookout, on December 15 we will begin preparations for our RESET Challenge for 2016, #RESETNATION.  The RESET Challenge itself will run from January 18 – April 16, with a special call to kick off the Challenge in the beginning of January, details will be available soon.  As with previous years, the grand prize will be a 4 day trip to Sanoviv!  This is an amazing experience, and one you will definitely want to encourage your teams to opt in to!  For more details, join us on our call on Monday, December 7 – and get your teams there as well!  All of the details are below, bt here is the link to register:

2.      Success on the Beach – Make sure you and your teams are working towards this incredible trip to Costa Rica. Mark your calendars right now for November 16 – 20, 2016. Qualification period is July 4, 2015 – July 1, 2016, so there is plenty of time to qualify.  Grow your business and let USANA pay for a vacation to paradise!  Details in the link below:

Access various tools to help you and your teams earn this trip:
      Email (Golds and above outlining your current status and growth needed to earn the trip)
      Growth Tracker
      Success on the Beach Landing page
Success on the Beach Flyer(check on this for date)

3.      Leadership Summit – Your Director or above must average 7,800 Commission Volume Points (CVP) total for a 13 week period.  This is an average of 600 CVP weekly (no more than 800 CVP will be counted for each week).  We learn & grow, network, and have so much fun at these Summits – take a look at the photos of our Leadership Summit in October

Your team will experience the exclusive behind the scenes Home Office tour where they can see up close and personal how our products are made from beginning to getting shipped out to their front door!  They will get one on one time with USANA management and spend an entire day focused on coaching and leadership skills from Grace or Nicki Keohohou (co-founders of DSWA [Direct Sales World Alliance]).  Here are the upcoming dates qualification periods:

March 31 – April 03, 2016 – Canyons Resort
Qualification Period: Oct. 3, 2015 – January 15, 2016

June 2 – 5, 2016 – Canyons Resort
Qualification Period: January 16, 2016 – April 29, 2016

November 3 – 6, 2016 – Canyons Resort
Qualification Period: April 30, 2016 – August 12, 2016

4.      “Living the Suite Life” with the WTA – We will be holding a promotion for the opportunity to be in a suite at one of two WTA events in Miami and Indian Wells.  Information will be up next week on the HUB, here is how you will want to get your teams to participate:
First – opt in and select which one you would prefer to go to
Indian Wells on March 13
Miami on March 26
Those who are the top sponsors with the most new associates who generate enough sales to activate a minimum of 1BC will win.  The contest will run December 1 – Jan 31, 2016.

5.      Trusted Partner and Sponsor of the Dr. Oz Show – Season 2 of our partnership with the Dr. Oz Show is well under way.  This next show will be featuring Digestive Enzymes, and will air Monday, November 30! 

Here are the videos from our last segment featuring Pure Rest, feel free to post the videos on social media or share in your meetings:

Korean subtitles –
Simplified Chinese subtitles –
Spanish subtitles –
Thai subtitles –
Traditional Chinese subtitles –
French subtitles –
Japanese subtitles –

Season 1 shows are below.

*All details for events or promotions are located on the Contest and Events tab on the HUB and they are listed in the HUB Event Calendar.

Conference Calls and Webinars:

We have a great line up of ongoing Conference Calls and Webinars for September:

1.      New You 2016 Tour and the RESET Challenge – Associate Preview
Monday, December 7
7:00pm – 8:00pm MST

2.      SWEET Retreat Promo Call with Grace Keohohou
Wednesday, December 9
8:00 – 9:00pm MST

3.      Motivational Monday Webinar
Mondays 8:30am – 9:00am MST

Wednesdays 7:00pm – 7:30pm MST

5.      Going for Gold Webinar
December 7, 2015
6:00pm MDT

*All details and registration for events are located on the Contest and Events tab on the HUB and they are listed in the HUB Event Calendar.

Source: USANA Health Sciences

Monday, November 16, 2015

@USANAinc Officially Open For Business In Indonesia

News Release

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous country, welcomes USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) — a global nutrition company — with its world-class health and wellness products to the people of this thriving nation. This tropical oasis marks USANA's 20th market worldwide with a central office located in the beautiful capital city of Jakarta.

"USANA is growing fast, and has unprecedented leadership interest in one of the world's most rapidly growing Direct Selling markets," said USANA Vice President of Ethics and Market Expansion Dan Whitney. "There is a wealth of opportunity in Indonesia. USANA has made a full commitment to long term success in this country and we're thrilled to announce that we're open for business."

USANA's Indonesian headquarters will launch with its flagship product, the Essentials, leading the charge along with several of its key optimizers. The state-of-the-art building will feature a will-call, meeting area, and plenty of rooms for corporate executives and Direct Sellers to gather.

Did you know?

Indonesia has one of the top five fastest-growing economies in the world.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, the middle class and affluent consumers of Indonesia are expected to nearly double between now and 2020, jumping from 74 million people to 141 million.

The direct selling and network marketing industries have maintained a positive reputation across the country for many decades now — in fact, it's a $1.2 billion direct selling market.

USANA has received more interest in Indonesia than in any other market — more than 500 distributors have already registered their interest to build their business in Indonesia with USANA's international market expansion department.

"We're delighted to be so warmly welcomed by the people of this beautiful, thriving country and are excited to have our doors open," said Dennis Cheok, general manager of USANA Indonesia. "We have high hopes that this new market will not only have a positive economic impact, but also a significant influence to the health of its residents."

Grand-opening activities:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Potong tumpeng (cutting of cone-shaped yellow rice, an Indonesian tradition)
  • Muslim blessing
  • Office tour for guests
  • Press interviews
  • Trainings

USANA is thrilled to bring its health products and business opportunity to the land of a thousand kings.


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

Media Contact: Ashley Collins
Executive Director of Public Relations and Social Media
USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
(801) 954-7629

Source: USANA Health Sciences

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Low-glycemic food has a positive effect on brain function after a meal

At a Glance:

In a recent study of normal weight adults, a meal consisting of low-glycemic carbohydrates improved cognitive function after meals better than a high-glycemic meal.  

Read more about this research below:

Glucose is an important sugar for proper brain function, and the rate of glucose delivered to the brain after a meal may influence cognitive performance.  In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers evaluated the effects of glucose absorption directly after a meal, and how the rate of absorption affects cognitive performance.  Individual responses to glucose and insulin (glucoregulation) were also evaluated for potential differences in cognitive function.

The study participants included 40 healthy adults of healthy weight (BMI < 30) aged 49-71 years.  Test meals included white wheat bread (WWB) as the standard high glycemic food, and a WWB enriched with guar gum (G-WWB) as a low-glycemic food as a comparison.  In a cross-over design, subjects were evaluated for cognitive function (working memory and selective attention) after consuming one of the test meals and during the hours after the meal (postprandial period).

The G-WWB meal improved the outcome in the cognitive tests in the later postprandial period (75–225 min) in comparison with the WWB.  Subjects with better glucoregulation performed better in cognitive tests compared with subjects with worse glucoregulation.

Researchers suggested that the superior cognitive performance in the group eating the lower GI meal may be due to improved insulin sensitivity, and possibly in combination with an improved neural energy supply.  The results of this study support the idea that carbohydrate foods that induce a slow and sustained blood glucose profile may support improved brain function after a meal in comparison to high glycemic foods. 

A Nilsson et al.  Effects on cognitive performance of modulating the postprandial blood glucose profile at breakfast European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012) 66, 1039–1043.

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health

Thursday, November 5, 2015

High Protein, Low-Glycemic Diets Better at Maintaining Weight Loss

At a Glance:

Research shows that a low-glycemic diet relatively high in protein is more effective at weight maintenance than a low-protein, high-glycemic diet.  

Read more about this research below:

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that a diet relatively high in protein and low in refined carbohydrates is more successful than other diets at maintaining weight loss.

Researchers enrolled overweight adults from eight European countries who had lost at least 8% of their initial body weight with a low-calorie diet. Participants were randomly assigned to one of five diets to prevent weight regain over a 26-week period: a low-protein and low-GI (glycemic index) diet, a low-protein and high-GI diet, a high-protein and low-GI diet, a high-protein and high-GI diet, or a control diet based on the current European dietary recommendations. The high protein diet provided 25 percent of calories in the form of protein, while the low protein diet consisted of 13 percent protein.

Five hundred forty-eight subjects completed six months on the assigned diets. In the analysis of participants who completed the study, only the low-protein/high-GI diet was associated with subsequent significant weight regain (1.67 kg, or 3.6 lbs) by the end of the dietary intervention.  Weight regain was less in those who consumed high protein compared to low protein and in low-GI diets compared to high-GI diets.  High-GI foods include white flour, white rice, and other refined carbohydrates. 

This study shows that a modest increase in protein content and a modest reduction in glycemic index can lead to an improvement in compliance and maintenance of weight loss.

Larsen TM, et al.  Diets with High or Low Protein Content and Glycemic Index for Weight-Loss Maintenance. 2010. N Engl J Med 363:2102-13.

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health 

Monday, November 2, 2015

USANA Products Being Sold on Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, etc.

TO: All USANA Associates

I want to take this opportunity to address an extremely serious concern that you, as an independent USANA Associate, may or may not be aware of, and offer my personal opinion.

Below is one of several emails I recently received on the subject of USANA Associates marketing USANA products on Amazon, EBay, Craigslist and other venues, and my response.

You can review those email messages at your convenience.

The following comments are strictly my personal opinion on this issue, and do not represent the viewpoint of USANA or its officers or employees:

·         Any USANA Associate who is marketing USANA products via Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, flea markets, etc. is in clear violation of USANA Policies and Procedures, and places themselves at clear risk of being terminated by USANA.

·         Any USANA Associate who is marketing USANA products via Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, flea markets, etc. is jeopardizing  your USANA business.

·         Any USANA Associate who is marketing USANA products via Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, flea markets, etc. is an irresponsible business person who needs to be dealt with swiftly, appropriately and legally.

·         If every subscriber to this list of over 5,000 members made the effort to find and report one Associate per week who is marketing USANA products via Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, flea markets, etc., we can clean out this sewer in a matter of weeks, and significantly enhance the value of the USANA brand, and our USANA businesses.

·         Please report all suspected violations, providing as much detail as possible, to:

·         If you have any questions, concerns or comments on this issue, please feel free to respond to me personally, and I will insure that your message is dealt with promptly and confidentially.

Thank you very much for your effort to make USANA the best product and business value available.

Pete Zdanis


Thank you for your message. I understand and completely agree with your concerns.

Let me share with you what I know to be true:

·         USANA does NOT market product directly on Amazon

·         As explained in the USANA Policies and Procedures, USANA Associates are not allowed to sell USANA products on Amazon

·         Many USANA Associates have been terminated by USANA for this illegal activity

·         People who purchase USANA products on Amazon (or other unauthorized sources) run the risk of buying contaminated, outdated products and are not eligible for USANA’s money-back guarantee

·         If you are aware of USANA Associates who are selling USANA products on Amazon (or eBay, Craigslist, etc.) you should provide as much specific information as possible to the USANA Compliance Department:

If you have any other questions on this or any other issues, please contact me or USANA as soon as possible.

Pete Zdanis

Hi Pete,

Is a USANA associate allowed to sell USANA nutritional supplements at Amazon? My prospect asked me why USANA itself sells at Amazon not from a seller where he found online.

Some of my prospects are not interested in USANA business and are ordering USANA products through Amazon. I was speechless and disappointed.  What is your suggestion to tell my prospects?