Why Human Connection Is Key to Achieving Optimal Wellness

As humans, we are wired for social connection, but many factors can make us feel isolated. Being disconnected from others may lead to less energy and less effectiveness as we increasingly rely solely on ourselves, leading to more stress.

Stress, combined with an ever-evolving modern lifestyle, can make it hard for people to be healthy. While technology has increased the amount of easily accessible health education, it can be difficult to differentiate good information from bad. This data overload can lead to feeling overwhelmed and losing interest and motivation.

There is something that can help with these common difficulties: a guiding hand from an experienced person.

The Power of a Personalized Approach to Wellness

Strong social connections play an important role in people being able to live healthier lives. According to researchers from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, people with meaningful social relationships tend to have better health behaviors, like eating healthy foods and being physically active.

However, we also need to acknowledge a basic principle: there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition or fitness.

An Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor is well equipped – through regular training from our experts in nutrition, fitness, and coaching – to recommend a personalized nutrition and exercise plan that can help their customer achieve their wellness goals in a more efficient way.

This added value is the reason why our products can only be purchased through a distributor because there is so much more to a health journey than buying products over retail or searching for diet advice online. A personal connection with a distributor will not only provide clear directions and a personalized plan that is unique to each individual, but it will also offer social support, motivation, encouragement, and accountability.

Combined, these essential aspects can lead to lasting results.

4 Ways Our Distributors Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles 

Whether the goal is to lose weight, train for a triathlon, or simply wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, our distributors walk by their customers’ sides as a coach, offering transparency, empowerment and a shift in perspective. It’s this personal, relational approach that helps their customers achieve results in a transformative way.

Here are four ways our distributors coach people toward healthier lifestyles:

Distributors coach customers and set clear, achievable goals.

Distributors are trained to help their customers set achievable goals and milestones when it comes to healthy habit formation. This helps customers build confidence in themselves, which is one of the most important components of performance. Confidence is a powerful force that moves a person to action and fuels them to persist despite obstacles.

Distributors also understand that confidence is built on small wins, which can keep a person motivated through their health and wellness journey. Distributors are prepared to establish a personalized plan for each customer ­– based on guidance and information developed by company experts – that can sustainably lead to an overall healthier life.

Distributors help identify behavior patterns and the best approaches to individual needs.

Sometimes, unhealthy nutrition or fitness approaches are rooted in bad habits which are almost involuntary or automatic. There is a physiological reason for that: our brains use more energy than any other organ in our body, accounting for up to 20 percent of the body’s total energy needs. Thinking takes work!

An experienced distributor can observe patterns that customers may not notice and can help them identify what works best for them. They help customers form new habits towards adopting a new lifestyle that leads to the best, healthier version of themselves.

Distributors keep people motivated and accountable.

Starting a new journey might be filled with enthusiasm. But when weariness or lack of time gets in the way, motivation might flicker.

One of the main reasons why keeping motivated is hard is that change entails stress. Stress can make you feel frustrated, fatigued, or anxious. Those feelings can become the fuel of self-sabotage, causing you to lose motivation.

A distributor will support, encourage, and motivate customers to stay on track and focused. For many, having someone to answer to motivates them to act.

Distributors help people overcome limiting beliefs.

Sometimes, customers feeling like they can’t achieve a goal may not have to do with motivation but with limiting beliefs holding them back. Limiting beliefs might include thoughts like, “I don’t have the discipline to exercise regularly,” or “I don’t have the willpower to eat healthy.”

Distributors can help their customers recognize they have the ability and responsibility to take ownership of their actions and motivate them to push forward rather than feel left behind.

How We Train Distributors with Award-winning Resources

Coaches play an important role in their customers’ lives, which is why we invest in the education, training, and growth of our distributors.

Working closely with our global team of experts, advisory boards, and distributor leaders, we develop a wide range of educational modules and resources that are accessible in an award-winning mobile and web application called HN Grow.

In addition to nutrition and product training, the app offers business building and practical coaching skills. Through a specialized training program called Better Coaching, distributors can learn coaching techniques and practice coaching others in virtual role-playing workshops – teaching them how to help their customers form healthier habits through behavior change.

HN Grow was launched in 2019 and is currently available in 44 countries. The app has been recognized globally by The Brandon Hall Group, most recently earning the highest recognition (gold) for the following categories:

Brandon Hall Gold Awards

Earlier in 2021, the Better Coaching program was recognized by the Brandon Hall Group with two bronze awards:

Brandon Hall Group Bronze Awards

In 2020, HN Grow also received the gold excellence in learning award for “Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program.”

The Brandon Hall Group is a global research and analyst firm in learning and development that started the Excellence in Learning awards in 1999. This accolade from a third-party research firm underlines the value of equipping our independent distributors with interactive, nutrition education that they can share with their communities.

Similarly, HN Grow won the silver award for “Best Use of Mobile Learning” from the eLearning Network in 2021. Both organizations are recognized globally in the learning and development industry.

Human Connections Lead to Results

A helping hand can make a difference when trying to lead a healthier life. Seventy percent of Americans believe that a strong support system is needed to achieve weight and fitness goals. Good habits are tough to establish, so having a community around you for support –like the one provided by distributors’ nutrition clubs around the world – can be critical.

In the end, it’s the results that matter. Distributors share one common goal: for their customers to succeed in making lifestyle changes that will change their lives for the better.

Kent L. Bradley, M.D., MBA, MPH – Chief Health and Nutrition Officer

Kent L. BradleyM.D., MBA, MPH – Chief Health and Nutrition Officer

Dr. Bradley is a retired Army Colonel, graduate of the United States Military Academy and has a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, an executive MBA from the University of Denver, and a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and holds a certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.