Thursday, May 12, 2016


Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey Reveals                                             Majority of Philippines’ Workforce Lead Largely Sedentary Lifestyles, Putting them at Risk of Obesity

Fifth Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour seeks to address health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepen practical understanding on the benefits of a healthy, active life.

PHILIPPINES, April 25, 2016 – 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. 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, including 500 workers from the Philippines.

According to the survey findings, almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.

Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.

“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.

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:
·         Dr. 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”.
·         Dr. 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.
·         Dr. 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.
·         Dr. 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.
·         Dr. 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.
·         Dr. 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.

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.

About Herbalife
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.

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Herbalife Philippines

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I joined the Thank A Mom Movement at Century City Mall

How do I make my mom Happy on Mother’s Day?

My best mom, my mother dear :) 

Hello world meet my mother dear, Alicia Ochea Centino. My mother is 64 years old right now and while the mother's day is approaching, I was thinking on how to make my mom Happy on Mother's Day.

My mother is always there for us even if we all have a family now, her responsibility as a mother didn't change. Though she's not with us because she is now in Mindanao, she still keeps on checking on us to see if we're okay. Mother always think of their children 24/7 that's why I'm so blessed to have her.

My mother is a reflexologist (a.k.a. hilot or massage) until now. Yep! kahit na matanda na sya, she's still working as a home service massage. This is the reason why I was able to finish my studies and help my siblings also. I will never forget when she's with me in 9 months here in manila. She's a very hard working woman, sometimes wala ng pahinga dahil sa daming costumer sometimes she got home at 2am or 3am tapos pagkagising may kakatok kasi may costumer na naman. I salute my mother kasi di sya nagdedemand if how much yong ibabayad sa kanya kung magkano lang yong ibigay sa kanya masaya na sya minsan yong mga mahihirap di nya na sinisingil kasi sabi nya yung skills nya binigay ni Lord kaya di nya kaylangan maningil ng mahal kung ano ang kaya ng bulsa ng costumer nya kontento na sya kahit maliit man ito or malaki what is most important to her  is yong pano sya makatulong sa kapwa nya.

No matter what, I always love my mother! Thank you mama for everything and for being a good mom for us. For all the sacrifices and those sleepless nights just to earn money for us, for her unconditional love thank you mother. We're so blessed because God gave us  a mother like her. For me there's no other mother like her.

This coming Mother's day I am thinking to give her a special date with my father. I am still praying for that and I hope we can make it. 

Happy Mother's Day mama :*


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ZD's 2nd Time Almost Convulsion Experience

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me".

~John 14:1

One night, my body wanted to sleep and rest so at 7:00pm my Zd and I were going to sleep. After our night routine, reading Bible story and praying, exchange words ("good night Zd", "good night mama", I love you Zd", I love you mama" and hug each other) I turned the lights off and had a good night sleep. 

After eight hours of sound sleeping, at 3:00 am I noticed that my Zd bear keep hugging me and I was not comfortable. I felt that there is something wrong. I woke up and turned on the light, checked my Zd boy and to my surprise, he was chilling and very pale his red lips turned almost white and he had really dark eye bags. I checked his toes and feet, they were all pale!

While looking at my kid I remembered, when Zd experience this the first, my mother would just get the vinegar and put it on his whole body and under arms and after couple of minutes, I think it's about 5-10 minutes lumabas ang init ng katawan ni Zd bear at unti-unting nawala ang panginginig nya.

I thought that experience would not happen to him again, unfortunately, it did. I grabbed Zd boy immediately and got his Paracetamol on my medicine kit, I had no time to check his temperature. But sadly, we didn't have a vinegar! I wrapped Zd boy in a blanket and we went going outside at 3:am running to find vinegar. But I almost cried kasi sarado pa lahat ng tindahan at naalala ko na may tindahan pala na mas malapit samin. I knocked the door without thinking na makadisturbo ako, kasi ang iniisip ko is malagyan agad si Zd ng vinegar. I thanked God when the door opened. Nanay Kareng gave a vinegar and put it on ZD's body, after a few minutes unti unting lumabas ang init ng katawan nya at nawala na ang panginginig nya at unti unti nawala ang pamumutla nya.

After this experience happened, I thank God because He gave me wisdom to stay focused instead of panic. I knew what to do because of His guidance.

If you ask me why why my mother used vinegar before and why it worked? I have no idea. But this is amazing because it's proven and tested. Right now my Zd bear is okay and doing well. 

The Word of God says that "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God;"

Did you experience that your kid is suddenly had convulsion? What did you do?
Thanks mommies for sharing! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Two Minutes With The Bible

Why do missionaries leave their families and native country to labor in distant lands?  Why do Christian workers (teachers, secretaries, etc.) labor in ministries instead of working in higher paying positions in the world?  Why do most believers cheerfully give from their income to the local church when they could spend it on things of pleasure?  Why do Sunday School and Bible teachers sacrifice their time to prepare for their ministry to the saints instead of using that time for leisure?  Why do so many believers make it a priority to set aside time to consistently be in Bible class, the preaching hour, and mid-week prayer and study services when they could choose to spend this time at work or play?
The answer to the above questions is found in II Corinthians 4:18: “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  You see, a truly spiritually minded believer does NOT simply live for this life alone.  Instead, he weighs his present actions and choices from a heavenly and eternal perspective of gain or loss.  He is able to look at today’s time, ministry, finances, and choices as an opportunity to invest in eternal future reward, and he is motivated to do so with consistency, diligence, and joy.
How have you been looking at your life?  Have you been only looking at the “things which are seen,” or have you been looking at, and valuing most highly, the things which are eternal?  This may be a good day to change focus and priority.

Disclaimer: This post is taken from Two Minutes With The Bible in Berean Bible Society

Sunday, May 1, 2016

ZD's 2nd Birthday Photo Shoot Part -2

On my last post, I posted the part 1 of my Zd bear's 2nd birthday photo shoot. In our 3rd costume change, I felt so tired na sa kakahabol ni Zd hahaha! If you been visited the Eco Park it's a beautiful place, there's a bridge, so many trees and gardens, there's a stair there, fish pond. So in short there's a lot of distractions that would make Zd want to explore more! hehehe! That's why as long as we can we want this photo shoot finish. hahahhaha!

Alam mo yong kakasuklay mo lang ng hair nya at yon na naman tumakbo at patalon talon at pagulong gulong sa grass hahahah! So on my mind I wanted to finish the photo shoot first and let him play and enjoy the place.

So here we go let's take a look his 3rd change costume :)

The Formal Attire:
Polo gift from Ninang Melody and the Jeans from Vita Cubes Gift Check :)

And you know what, the following photos are the behind the scenes, hahaha! 
"Minsan ka lang maging bata Zd boy kaya go lang"

Last change costume: Our Little basketball player :)
Costume: Gift from Ninang Nilyn Matugas in Above Precious Rubies last year thank you ninang for this.
On this part I thought my Zd was already tired and to my surprise, the energy of this little kid became higher than I expected lol! Parang nakainom ng 3 bottle na energy drink na Cobra LOL! 

After this photo shoot I felt like I joined 1800 meters dash! But when I see these pictures worth it naman. 

I sent all the pictures to his papa and indeed he's very proud of his son. He said after his work he'd always stare these photos and he told me, "nakakawala ng pagod love every time na tinitingnan ko picture ng anak natin"

Zd boy, I hope when you see this you realize that I do these now to make you smile someday and we always love you.