Herbalife Reveals the Scary Health Trend of Urban Workforce

Herbalife Reveals the Scary Health Trend of Urban Workforce

Herbalife, a global nutrition company, has released the findings of the new Nutrition At Work Survey, which revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity.


Herbalife Reveals the Scary Health Trend of Urban Workforce

And it’s true. The husband used to be a skinny lad way back in college. He started gaining weight on his first year at work. The stress and the sedentary lifestyle (sitting in front of the computer the whole day!) were all contributors to his weight gain. I kept urging him to get some exercise but he made excuses about having no time and too tired to do it. 

It wasn’t long before health problems started to arise. He constantly experienced heartburn and shortness of breath. Blood tests further revealed a fatty liver. Oh my!

Herbalife Understands

“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,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016

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 share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small at the event, and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.

Rounding up the team of Herbalife NAB experts who have participated in the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour are:

  • David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board. A leading expert in the field of nutrition, named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America”.
  • Chin-Kun Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with a focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbs. He was awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution to medical education.
  • Julian Alvarez Garcia, a specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball.
  • Darren Burgess, an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals. He is also the current Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club, and the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.
  • Nataniel Viuniski, an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide”. He is also currently an advisor to Brazil’s Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity.
  • Francis Gregory Samonte, one of the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino appointed to the NAB. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky’s Department of Pediatrics.

The NAB experts were also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife’s vice president of nutrition education and development, who has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television speaking on nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition and other medical topics.

“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,” Mr. Valenzuela concluded.

16 thoughts on “Herbalife Reveals the Scary Health Trend of Urban Workforce

  1. It’s true. In my opinion, work plus the circumstances (traffic, the need to earn more, the pressure,etc.) bogs down people too much, we feel too exhausted to get off our bums after work to exercise. I try nowadays but I doubt I’ll ever go back to my 98 lbs body before I got married.

  2. This is a wake up call for me, even though I don’t work in a corporate world, I do work online and I just sit in front of my computer for 8 hours at least. Plus, I don’t exercise. haha.

  3. When you work a desk job, you unconsciously throw out the word “healthy”. There’s fastfood, snacking and socializing usually over beer and food. I am happy that I have gone back to working out. 🙂

  4. Love the concept of Wellness Tour. I guess majority would want to live healthy and change to healthy lifestyle. Its just the push thats missing or lacking. I hope Herbalife’s efforts would go to waste.

  5. Unfortunately, I can relate to the infographic 150%! I’m starting to eat consciously again but I still lack proper exercise. Thanks for the timely reminder!

  6. Health is wealth. It’s an old adage that is still applicable today. Glad that more people are becoming health conscious. The idea of Wellness Tour is great. It’ll do good to a lot of people. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  7. I agree that health should be on top of our priority. This is a nice campaign from Herbalife to help people be aware on how to stay fit and well.

  8. Last night, we decided to take a drive from Laguna to Rizal. It was 11 in the evening and we were pretty sure that there won’t be traffic. To our surprise, bumper to bumper ang traffic in NCR!!! I wondered where all the cars came from and soon realized that these are people coming from work. My husband said that work hours aren’t like before now – it’s quite unhealthy with longer hours in the office plus more hours in traffic. Kawawa naman. 🙁

  9. Although people nowadays are concerned about health, most of the time it is hard to be “healthy” since our lifestyle and work patterns doesn’t really follow a healthy lifestyle. I guess discipline is a great key factor here.

  10. Thanks for these great tips! I’d like to commend you for publishing such article with supporting facts ! I’d like to ask though if these diet / work-out plan is compatible with all blood types ? (Say for example a diabetic person)

  11. I think looking for time to do exercise is hard since working exhaust us. Keeping a healthy diet however is essential and feasible. Thanks for sharing this facts! I do hope people get to be more careful with their health. good read!

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