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According to new statistics released this month, more than half of U.S. adults are using supplements. The statistics show that 53 percent of American adults are using some form of supplementation.

Lead researcher Jaime Gahche and her counterparts called the use of supplements “widespread” in their assessment, and that supplements are “contributing substantially to total nutrient intake” in the United States.

The report looked at supplement use among adults from 2003 to 2006, and compared it to use in 1988 to 1994. Among the findings:

  • Nearly 40 percent of all Americansuse at least one multivitamin/multimineral product, with use more common among women than men. That is up from 30 percent in the previous findings.
  • The newest statistics show that more than 60 percent of all women over the age of 60use a calcium supplement, compared to less than 30 percent in previous reports.
  • Supplemental vitamin D use has increased dramatically in both men and women since the first study, especially in adults over the age of 40.

The study’s authors point out that supplement usage information should be collected to have an accurate picture of total health. In an interview with WebMD, Gahche said:

Dietary supplement use has increased in adults over age 20 since 1994, and we have over one-half of Americans taking one or more supplements a day. This information is important because such a high prevalence of people take dietary supplements. So we need to make sure we capture this information when assessing nutritional status. If we only include food and beverages, we are missing out on a big proportion.

While supplements can help offset nutritional deficiencies, many experts agree that taking supplements is not a way to make up for a poor diet. This thinking, according to Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser for Consumer Reports, has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which accounted for approximately $27 billion in spending in 2009.

“There’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Avitzur told CNN.

That’s why it’s important to talk with your Health Professional about the types of supplements available on the market, and how each can help you achieve your own optimal health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening as often as it should.

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Retired People and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, just 58% of people who take supplements discussed products with a health professional.

One of the most important reasons to discuss supplement use with your Health Professional is because not all supplements are created equal. There are great differences between products on the market today.

Some supplements work faster and more effectively than others, providing rapid absorption and higher nutrition value than others. This can be for a number of reasons: the method which the product is delivered through the body, the elimination of fillers and binders that provide little nutritional value to the products, and the quality of ingredients used to create the product.

When choosing a supplement – as a majority of Americans are doing based on the latest research – it’s important to note these differences. That way, you can be sure that the supplement you are using is best for you and your specific needs.

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Oh my, the last day of a great World Conference.  This was by far the best yet!

Finally, some of my Green Bay business partners made it despite the snowstorm that delayed them for 2 days.  Nothing like being stuck in airports or at a hotel.   I encouraged them that one day is better than not attending.  What a commitment to come even with all those challenges.

Elizabeth Weber, the top money earner with Market America pumped the crowd up with her energizing enthusiasm.  One of her quotes, “You never lose steam, when you have a team.”  She’s been an incredible leader paving the way for so many.

Phil Guido shared how he promotes his business on marketamerica.com by showing people a better way to shop.  By marketing his webportal, he had over $7500.00 in sales the week prior to World Conference.  Everyone needs our products and services and he simply connects people with what they want and need.  So, it’s not like selling!

Amber Yang received the Jerry Siciliano award.  What a memorable moment to see her receive such a distinguished award.  Each year this award is awarded to an unfranchise owner who the corporate team chooses that have gone way above the call of duty to grow their business, work & train their team.  She stated that she is the first generation immigrant to come to this country.  She was so grateful and humble, it was very touching.  Lots of happy tears!

Other guests appearances besides Eva Longoria, Scottie Pippen, Kamal Hotchandani and others were Ken Paves, Fat Joe, Sammi Sweetheart, and Alejando Sanz.

JR, Pres.of MA, for over 3 hours, closed out the day with various skits and demonstrated his belief in all of us with a goal ladder to show the necessary steps to success.  He killed the alarm clock by smashing it with a baseball bat.  This was a great demonstration for us to know that we can be free from alarm clocks by following the proven 2-3 yr. plan, instead of the 45 yr. plan.  Also, loved how he threw a big TV across the stage.  Some of us are so tied down to the “One Eyed Monster” that we can never accomplish our goals and dreams that we’ve had for years.

With traveling and being excited about what #MarketAmerica is doing for all of us shopping consultants, I haven’t stopped or slept more than 4-5 hours per evening.  Oh, ya, and then the Super Bowl pre-party and after party.  What a great game!!!!!!!!  We are the CHAMPIONS!

Another fantastic day at conference.  The excitement filled the arena with over 20,000 in attendance.  Some celebrities in attendance were Serena Williams, Scottie Pippen, Eva Longoria, Justina, Phil Stacey (American Idol, Season #6), Vince Papale (former Phil. Eagles).

The mayor of Miami Beach proclaimed today as JR & Loren Day.  They received a proclaimation for being so active in the community.

More enhancements to the CashBack program.  #MarketAmerica lowered the CashBack threshold to receive a check from $50 down to $10.   Partner stores are offering more cashback to our customers.  Many stores that offered 2%, now offer 4,5,6 or more percent.

Hot Deals on the portal from so many stores.    Loren picked out some gifts on the portal that would make ideal Valentines gifts.  After checking all the #HotDeals, coupons and discounts, on a $427 purchase, the total after discounts and cashback was $102.  Fantastic Savings!!!

When traveling, always check out restaurant.com on the portal.  This week by applying the promo code, Heart, you can receive a $25 certificate for only $3.00 plus there’s an extra $10 off at Pro Flowers for Valentines Day.

Loren has a new jewelry collection coming out soon on the HSN.  The collection by Loren Ridinger is lower priced gorgeous jewelry.  Being partnered with the shopping channel, this will open 125 million new homes.  Loren’s appearance on the HSN will increase visibility HUGE.

Customer reviews are important on all the products as only 14% see a revenue of return using TV advertising or print.

With Shop.com, it’s a perfect match, as Market America has what Shop.com doesn’t, customer retention, people power, and one to one marketing.  Shop.com has 5 times more traffic, SEO and SEM, Website merchandising, and comparison shopping.   Some of the benefits are that shoppers can add items and checkout from multiple merchants, ship items to different destinations, use different shipping methods, and apply merchant coupons.  Shoppers can refine or narrow their search by selecting a department, product type, brand, or seller.   Shoppers can also change the default view and results, narrow by price range, or change the sort order of any result set.  With over 40 Million products with rich descriptions, sale prices and images.  Over 5,000 brand pages that detail and showcase the top retail brands.  Price alerts in where shoppers set a price they’re interested in purchasing a specific product for and when the product price hits that point, an email notification is automatically sent to the shopper.

eGifts gives the shopper a list of products they think the recipient might enjoy.  eGifts sends this list of products to the recipient, who chooses the product that best fits their needs.  The gift giver’s credit card is billed and the selected item is shipped directly.  Gift givers can also send an eGift to multiple recipients.

We now have a new E-Z registration in place.  Allows any new customer to sign up with only entering their email address.  The customer can shop and will continue to earn Cashback.  Once a purchase is made, then a complete full registration is required.

Paul Carlotta, Exec.Director, shared how you can recruit and follow up without leaving home.  He’s a pro with Social Media and has acquired many customers through Facebook, etc.

Tonya Smith, Director of Mall Management & Web Merchandising, introduced many new products and services.  New Isotonix Activated B-Complex which boosts energy, decreases stress, and supports cardiovascular health and more.  Aloe Powder contains 150% aloe, will be great for traveling.   Isotonix Specialty Cocktails is perfect for someone just beginning to explore customized nutrition.  Formulas include:  Heart Health Blend, Children’s Health Blend, Weight Management Blend, Energy Blend, Anti-Aging Blend and Bone and Joint Blend.

Doctor’s Panel consisted of Perry Krichmar, MD, Steven Lamm, MD, Deedra Mason, ND, Steven Schnur, MD.  One of the doctors talked about the importance of Fish Oils.  How many mil. per day do you take?  How much DHA and EPA are in your Omegas?  Dr. Lamm stated, “what patients need is good information”.  What people want for their health is to have control over it.  “Keep your heart and your joints healthy”.

After having over 17 surgeries, Scottie Pippen, former Basketball Hall of Famer, has found relief in all his aches and pains with the Prime joint formula.  Isotonix has sold him.

Amanda Ridinger, CEO of Conquer Entertainment, announced Conquering the music industry from the fan to the artist.  We had a special appearance by America Idol finalists, Phil Stacey, singing songs that really got the audience up on their feet.

Evening consisted of workshops with Shop.com, nutra Metrix, and Conquer Entertainment followed by a Conquer Showcase Party from 11pm to 2am.   Now I know why I need to go home – to get some sleep.

Google, paid to shop, and you’ll find Market America right at the top.  No other company can compare!

Wow, what an exciting first day in Miami at the best conference ever.  So much energy in the crowd.

The doors opened at 9:00a.m with general session to start at 10am.  Looking out of my hotel room, I could see the line already forming at the American Airlines Arena  at 7am.  The Chinese were all dressed in red and gold to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the rabbit and all we could see was a sea of red & gold.  They were anxiously waiting for the doors to open.

Loren Ridinger, Sr. Vice Pres. opened and welcomed everyone.  Thanked everyone that made it despite the weather challenges.  I’m still waiting for a few from my team from Green Bay to arrive.  Some couldn’t get out of Chicago and some are in Cinncinati. Quite a few challenges and yet some were creative and took a bus or drove all night to get here. Truly amazing!  Where else can you learn to make a six figure on-going income working  just part-time following a proven business plan?

Loren & Marc Ashley, Chief Operating Officer, introduced our new team from Shop.Com.  Ken Goldstein, Strategic Advisor, Vince Hunt, COO, Roger Ritchie, VP of Marketing & Business Management.  We believe that this partnership will send shock waves throughout the shopping and internet retailing world.

Dennis Franks, Exec. VP shared 10 simple steps to making $l87,000 per year.

Steve Ashley,  VP of Internet Marketing shared where Market America is going with Networking with Social Media.  Also, talked about ma Mobile.  Price comparisons and apps from a mobile phone?  Unbelievable!

Eugene Wallace, VP of Project Management expounded on MA Network and how we’ll be able to match products to various profiles with the Ma Network.

Dennis Franks , JR., Pres. of  Market America and other elite members of the corporate team will be storming the nation with one goal – to build our businesses.  The Blitz tour will be coming to Dallas, Phoenix, Pasadena, Portland, Minneapolis, Toronto, Boston, Long Island, Baltimore and Charlotte.  All these will be held in March of this year.  They will share the mission, vision, integrity and future of Market America.

Kamal Hotchandani, Haute Living Magazine, discussed an easy recruiting tool that just got easier.  Powerline magazine digital which will direct our customers directly to the shopping portal.

Kevin Buckman, V.Pres., was passionate about helping eliminate debt with Capital Resources.  This program teaches you how to become Debt Free in as little as one half to one third the time.  The software and coaching is tailored specifically to your financial situation.

Jesse Yang, Director in Market America making $18,000-$25,000 in a four week paycycle shared how to hit a new pin level.  What a dynamic speaker!

New products were introduced in the personal care line.  Fixx is a solution-oriented product, created for men, coveted by women.  Many new products in that line from instant line vanish, argan oil no frizz, lash extend, nip n’ tuck (coming soon), hair mascara (gives your hair lasting touch-ups instantly, shampoos, conditioners, volumizing boost spray and much more.

Joe Bolyard, Exec.V. Pres., spoke on the national expansion.  Where will the Unfranchise land next?  UK as well as many more countries.  Philipines is going strong as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Canada.  Soon we will be worldwide and a household name.

Michael Brady, Chief Technology Officer and Andrew Weissman, Exec. Director of Field Development introduced a new Prospect Management  program that will be effective in March.

Andy Docos, Field V.Pres., earning $36,000-$45,000 in a four week paycycle shared the power of programming  with audios.  Turn the radio off, listen to audios.

Jeremy Fennema, Director of Internet Services and Training, shared the best internet services to make any business better.  So many new enhancements to the websites for small to medium size businesses.  Also, personal websites.

Dennis Franks, Exec.VP, and Lydia Martinez, Director of  Transitions are tackling obesity with the latest from Transitions.  A new product called Core will help promote weight loss and reduce BMI while supporting leptin sensitivity to help manage hunger and stimulate lipolysis.  Testimonies shared on weight loss from previous TLS Shape Up with kids losing weight and sharing their stories.  How proud these parents were.  Very heart warming!

There were five break out sessions held at the Hilton in the evening.  These sessions went until 10pm so it was definitely a day of jammed packed learning.  I’ll be touching more on each of these topics in the future and giving you more detailed information.

Like JR, I’m excited about all the possiblities and where this company is going.

Looking forward to tomorrow for another fun-filled day of learning.

Good Night!

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