It was not until I was in quasi-retirement mode in 2009 that I became more concerned about my health. For this reason, I can relate to millions of Filipino workers who can easily take health and being active for granted, simply because work (which equated to food on the table) was such top priority that it dictated our time, money and effort.
It took me more than a year to get real about my weight. Running, coupled with good nutrition, were the lifestyle changes I made but it’s always easier said than done. I wish I had known about Herbalife then, which meant I could have reached my goal earlier!
I consider myself lucky but it’s not about luck. It’s about loving your self and staying healthy for a longer life to be with family and friends. It’s about getting a jolt, before the jolt gets to you.
Here are some harsh health statistics to jolt you, if you are part of Metro Manila’s workforce.
In the recent Nutrition at Work Survey conducted by Herbalife, a global nutrition company, it was revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity and other co-morbidities associated with unhealthy lifestyles.
The Survey1, which was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce, was conducted in March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacific markets, 10% of which came from the Philippines.
The survey findings:
We can only imagine what it’s like in a typical workplace, where workers would accept being overweight or obese as norms — till they start to fall seriously ill.
In that same survey, it was revealed that most workers are aware of the health benefits of an active lifestyle to avert the risk of obesity, but ‘could NOT or would NOT’ invest time, money or effort – in moving towards this positive end.
“With a majority of Philippines’ workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time, help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people.” – Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.
Aimed at addressing health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, held in the months of April and May. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Gary Small, M.D. has recently visited the country and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging at the “A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event. Dr. Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the “Senior Investigator Award” from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
During the talk Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and shared practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles.
At the close of the latest Wellness Tour, Mr, Valenzuela concluded:
“With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life.”
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980.
Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.
We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.
The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2015.
|Ms. Barbette Soliven
Corporate Communications Manager
Managing and PR Director
Eggshell Worldwide Comm. Inc.
1Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.