ViSalus Sciences Donates 1.2 Million Health Nutrition Packed “Mini Meal Cookies” to 100 Food Banks Across North America!

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ViSalus Sciences® Donates 1.2 Million Healthy Nutrition Packed “Mini Meal Cookies” to Area Food Banks Across North America to Feed Hungry Children in Support of Hunger Action Month.

Wellness Company Donates Healthy Meals to Children in Need

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2012  – ViSalus™, known for its mission of helping people transform their health and fitness through the Body By Vi™ 90-Day Challenge, has donated $1.2 million worth of its all natural “mini-meal” Nutra-Cookies™ to over 100 Food Banks across North America.

“ViSalus is committed to health and wellness. That includes ensuring that families have access to healthy and nutritious food regardless of their circumstances.  We know when food is scarce, healthy choices become limited,” said Ryan Blair, ViSalus co-founder and chief executive officer. “It is our privilege to partner with organizations, to help them provide healthy alternative snacks to those who need it the most.”

Visalus is shipping to the Saints’ Pantry, 10 cases of individually wrapped Nutra-Cookies which provide a healthy, convenient on-the-go snack. Each Nutra-Cookie contains nine grams of protein, a full serving of fiber, calcium and fruit and vegetable nutrients and come in three flavors: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.

Each of the 100 Food Bank’s that received the “Mini Meal Cookies” is a participant of the ViSalus Sciences® Community Challenge. The Community Challenge has donated over 2 million meals to area food banks since its inception, November 2009. For as little as 50 cents per meal, ViSalus Promoters, Customers & Community can make a donation to be matched meal for meal by ViSalus with the company’s Vi-Shape® Nutritional Shake Mix that will provide healthy, high quality, non-perishable protein nutrition to children.

 “Our company is founded in name and spirit on the pillars of Life, Health, and Prosperity,” said ViSalus Chief Marketing Officer Blake Mallen. “To us, Prosperity is about much more than financial freedom; it’s about the ability to give back to the people and causes that touch your heart.”  Co-Founder, Nick Sarnicola is humbled to have an opportunity to combine the benefits of ViSalus products with the giving spirit of the ViSalus community. “To have great products is one thing,” said Sarnicola. “To have a great product that children can benefit from and enjoy is another. For our community to make this product available for free to the children who need it most is the ultimate form of contribution we can achieve.”

“There are too many children in this world who don’t have a fighting chance because they simply don’t have the means to get the nutrition their bodies need each day. To succeed at school, on the athletic field, or simply to grow up to be healthy, nothing is more important than nutrition,” said ViSalus CEO Ryan Blair

— END – About ViSalus  ~  Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and Troy, MI, ViSalus™ is the company behind the Body by VI ™ Challenge, a 90-day health transformation platform. ViSalus champions personal victories and entrepreneurship through a social marketing model, premium products, and support community. ViSalus™ is majority-owned by Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH). To learn more about the Community Challenge, visit http://SaintDavids.VisalusGiving.com For more info on the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge, visit http://SaintDavids.BodyByVi.com

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Welcome to The Shelton Challenge ~ Creating a Healthier Community Today

What is “The Shelton Challenge?”

An initiative  by “Coach Cathy” Buchanan ♦ Inspired by the Body by Vi Health Challenge & book, “Winning the Food Fight, Victory in the Physical & Spiritual Battle for Good Food and a Healthy Lifestyle” by Pastor Steve Willis

 “Coach Cathy” Buchanan. RN, BSN; former School Nurse for the Olympia School District; Credentialed Health Teacher K-12; High School Volleyball Coach (Head “C” Team) for Capital High School.   Shelton resident since 2009.  Coach Cathy works with the community regarding helping our area homeless as well as working with the Mason County Health Department’s Eating for Health Initiative.

GOAL: Focusing on healthy eating & being active to help change the lives of individuals & families for generations to come ~ creating a living legacy. Touching every area in our community: business, civic, government, schools (public & private), churches, tribes, law enforcement, families and individuals.

FACT: 67% of Americans today are considered overweight or obese. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe. (The Center for Disease Control, CDC)

The Shelton Challenges main focus alongside eating for health & activity is contributing to our communities food pantry with the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Listen to Pastor Steve Willis share what a difference the Community Challenge is for his local community in Huntington, WV…once deemed the fattest, unhealthiest community in the nation.

Contributions to the Saints’ Pantry can be made through Saint David’s ViSalus Giving website @ http://saintdavids.visalusgiving.com  Each $24 donation feeds 60 child sized meals. ViSalus matches your donation and ships this non-perishable protein directly to the food bank…free shipping.

“The Shelton Challenge” is a community based health and fitness platform flexible enough for anyone to participate. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change with 90 days segments to work toward creating healthy habits to last a life time.

We believe that in order to truly make a transformation, it is vital to build healthy habits in four critical areas.

♦ Nutrition
♦ Fitness
♦ Competition
♦ Accountability

Nutrition: Did you know that a whopping 80% of an effective weight-loss/fitness program is dependent on proper nutrition. Without proper fuel in your body, you won’t be able to reach your weight or fitness goals.  Regardless of whether your desire is losing some weight or to get more lean & fit, without the nutrition element, your efforts will only give you minimal results. We have teamed up with ViSalus Sciences (Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge) as an option for those looking to help support their current nutrition plan. We also recommend using a great online tool & app to help monitor & keep track of your daily intake of nutrition and fitness activities, http://myfitnesspal.com (also an app for iPhone & Android).

MyFitnessPal:

  • Medical studies show that keeping a food journal DOUBLES your weight loss!
  • Easy and fast
  • Completely free, with no strings attached
  • Includes a large database of foods to choose from & has the ability to scan a food item with the iPhone app to upload into your myfitnesspal.com online account.  So easy!!  Does include ViSalus products and a number of other meal plans.
MyFitnessPal Online & Apps Sync

MyFitnessPal Online & iPhone/Android Apps Sync

Fitness: It is also critical that you have an active lifestyle. Without proper fitness, you’ll be missing 20% of the equation in reaching your goals. “The Shelton Challenge” helps you to create healthy habits by participating in fun activities that will burn calories and build muscle. With the support of local fitness organizations, each participant has an opportunity to attend an assortment of fitness classes for all levels. There will also be available outside group activities as well as the option of leading your own fitness events. As The Shelton Challenge grows, additional workout facilities will become available in our community. To lead a group, please contact us @ coachcathyfitness@gmail.com.

Competition: Healthy, fun competition keeps us motivated to work harder on our goals. Teams will compete against each other for BRAGGING rights each week. This is not a Biggest Loser Challenge…this is a challenge on whatever health/fitness goal you desire to work on for a 90 day period. It could include weight loss, increase lean muscle, prepare for a 5K, or other special activity. Every 90 days, you’ll begin a new challenge. This allows a chance to push hard for shorter intervals allowing you to reassess your goals & where you want to focus for the next 90 days. [Size and structure of teams will vary. The goal is to have similar groups compete against each other. i.e. Schools, Businesses, Government, Law Enforcement, Tribes, etc.]

Accountability: This may be the most important aspect of The Shelton Challenge. Most of us have tried a variety of diet’s or activities to finally lose the weight we’ve seen added year after year…or perhaps have been noticing a decline in our muscle tone. We have the desire to make a change, however, we fail because we don’t have a group of people to walk alongside…to challenge, motivate and inspire us to push ourselves farther than we could do on our own. Research shows that participating with others towards reaching a health/fitness goal, increases a person’s rate of success x3. When you join The Shelton Challenge, you will be part of a growing group of people with similar goals and aspirations throughout our entire community. The best part! When you invite a friend/co-worker/family member/neighbor to join The Shelton Challenge, you will be building your own accountability group to help support your health goals.

Cost to Participate

$10 The Shelton Challenge T-Shirt (Business Sponsorship Available w/Logo on Backside)

There may be a fee for the use of local participating facilities.

Lose Weight, Tone Up & Feel Great

Have Fun with Friends While Getting Fit

Reaching Past Our Goals to Change a Community!

Giving Back to the Community!

The Shelton Challenge is working closely with The Saints’ Pantry in providing healthy non-perishable protein meal replacement meals to feed hungry children, families and seniors in Shelton. The focus of  The Shelton Challenge is toward raising awareness and funds for The Saints’ Pantry Backpack Program benefiting local students in need. ViSalus Sciences will match each $24 donation and send the meals to The Saints’ Pantry. That’s 60 children’s meals total. For further info on The Community Challenge, visit http://coachcathy.visalusgiving.com/

References

♦ “Winning the Food Fight, Victory in the Physical and Spiritual Battle for Good Food and a Healthy Lifestyle,” Steve Willis, 2011 (Amazon)
♦ Biro FM, Wien M. Childhood obesity and adult morbidities. Am J Clin Nutr. May 2010;91(5):1499S—1505S.
♦ Whitaker RC, Wright JA, Pepe MS, Seidel KD, Dietz WH. Predicting obesity in young adulthood from childhood and parental obesity. N Engl J Med 1997;37(13):869—873.
♦ Serdula MK, Ivery D, Coates RJ, Freedman DS. Williamson DF. Byers T. Do obese children become obese adults? A review of the literature. Prev Med 1993;22:167—177.
♦ National Institutes of Health. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: the Evidence Report. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 1998.
♦ Freedman DS, Khan LK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Relationship of childhood overweight to coronary heart disease risk factors in adulthood: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics 2001;108:712—718.
♦ Community Challenge, ViSalus Sciences http://coachcathy.visalusgiving.com/  [ This will be changed to The Saints’ Pantry giving site]
http://My90DayWin.com  Olympia based health/fitness program