CEO Frank VanderSloot Receives Horatio Alger Award

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished American

Last week in Washington, D.C., Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court presented Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot with the Horatio Alger Award. This prestigious honor recognizes Frank as a “Distinguished American” whose work has contributed to free enterprise and has inspired people to achieve the American Dream.

Almost 30 years ago, Frank founded Melaleuca to help typical American families get ahead in life. Because of his unwavering commitment to Melaleuca’s mission of enhancing lives, hundred of thousands of families receive a Melaleuca check every month. As a champion of the “little guy,” Frank has long understood that people can best find true happiness in life when they are in control of their own lives and not subject to their jobs, their debts, or other demands on their time. Thanks to his vision, Melaleuca is successfully helping people reach their goals.

The Horatio Alger Award is given annually to accomplished American leaders who have not only overcome significant adversity to achieve success in their own lives, but who are dedicated to higher education, philanthropy, and helping others reach their dreams. Former recipients of this award are Ronald Reagan, Buzz Aldrin, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Tom Landry, Ray Kroc, Lou Dobbs, and Tom Selleck. A nonprofit educational organization, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honors these outstanding leaders while also encouraging young people to achieve their goals through higher education by providing them with over $110 million in need-based college scholarships.

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished American

Melaleuca Customer Wins the Louisiana Marathon!

Melaleuca customer Adam MacDowell as he crosses the finish line

Melaleuca customer Adam MacDowell as he crosses the finish line to win the Louisiana Marathon
Photo Credit: Advocate Staff Member Angela Major

It’s typical to start the New Year off running—whether that’s enthusiastically setting new goals and finding a way to reach them, or actually stepping on a treadmill to shed some weight and get healthier. One Melaleuca customer did more than head to the gym. Earlier this month, Adam MacDowell won the Louisiana Marathon, crossing the finish line at 2 hours and 27 minutes! In a nutshell, Adam is really fast and he can prove it.

Over the years, Adam has clocked countless miles as a competitive cross country and track runner. Once the captain of the University of Missouri’s track team, Adam ran a 5k race in only 14 minutes and 26 seconds. (For some of us, that’s as long as it takes to run a third of the distance!) After he graduated, Adam ran a half-marathon in just over an hour, which means he ran a 5-minute mile for more than 13 miles! He even qualified for and ran in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012. You have to feel kind of sorry for the man’s running shoes.

Yet these days, Adam isn’t running next to world-championship contenders. Instead, he’s teaching math to high school students in Louisiana, coaching cross-country runners and entering an occasional race to stay in shape and stoke his competitive fire.

“When I was training at a high level, I was running 90 to 110 miles a week,” he says. “I’ve been doing this sport my entire life, but now that I’m getting older, I’m looking for anything I can find that will help me keep doing the sport I love and help my body recover.”

After Adam had an allergic reaction to a household cleaner, he and his wife found Melaleuca while looking for safer-for-your-home alternatives. One day, Adam was reading Leadership in Action magazine when he discovered Vitality Elevate™. He started purchasing Vitality 4® with Oligo® every month, along with the Vitality Elevate™Amino Boost and a box of Access Bars.

“I eat an Access Bar before I run because I know it helps me burn fat, and I don’t want to burn any muscle!” Adam says. “After any of my long runs, I used the Amino Boost to recover.”

Until this past Sunday, Adam hadn’t seen the results of switching over to Vitality for Life. And when he toed the line for the Louisiana Marathon, he wasn’t sure how it would go. He’d only been running 40 miles per week—far fewer than the distances he’d run before past races.

“You never start a marathon thinking, ‘Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to finish this,’” he says. “Anything can go wrong. You can start with a little pain in your toe that can completely end your race after 20 miles. You just never know.”

For 20 miles of the race, Adam and his training partner cranked out the miles at a steady pace, and then his training partner suddenly fell behind. Instead of easing off the gas, Adam “threw the hammer down” and ran his last six miles even faster. He crossed the finish line at 2:27:12—and claimed the overall race win!

“I’ve never won a major marathon, ever,” he says. “That was the best I’ve ever felt after running a marathon, and I’ve run a lot of marathons.”

Already, Adam is looking at how he can take his performance even further with the Peak Performance Pack. Since hearing about the Freiburg Study and the science on free radicals and inflammation, Adam knows that it will help his body recover even faster than before.

“When you run a marathon, it can be a real shock to your body,” he says. “So I’m really conscious about the recovery process and how I can give my body everything it needs to get stronger.”

Like Adam, each of us could stand to put a little more effort into getting strong and treating our bodies better. But that doesn’t mean running a marathon, or 40 miles a week. Melaleuca advocates a life of health and wellness. That’s why we seek to provide you with products like the Peak Performance Pack that will supplement an active lifestyle and help you reach your dreams. So set some goals, big and small, to feel better in 2015. Then walk, run, lift, bike, or dance to the finish line of your choosing.

Healthy Holiday Spending

Have a Joyful Holiday Season Without Breaking the Bank

The holiday spending season is already in full swing. With all of the dazzling advertisements that will surely be shoved in our faces over the next two months, it could be really easy to buy all the hype and fall headfirst into the spending trap. After all, that fuzzy feeling of watching our loved ones smile as they open our gifts can be quite addicting. Still, the holidays are a lot more joyful if we’re not weighed down with financial worries after the fact.

Following these tips will help make your holidays festive without being a financial mess:

Plan ahead. Hopefully, you’ve had an idea of what you want to buy for a while now and you’ve been putting savings aside for several months. If you haven’t, start right now by determining your budget, then stick to it. Create a list of wants and needs. If there’s something you want that will make you go over budget, don’t buy it.

Santa makes a list…you should too. Shopping for sales can be a great way to save money. However, they can also lure you into impulse buying. So start the season out by making a list of family members, friends, and neighbors you’d like to give gifts to and gift ideas for each of them, then search the sales based on that list. If an item for sale isn’t on your list, don’t buy it. Another great way to avoid impulse buying is to do as much of your shopping online as you can. That way, you can easily compare prices from site to site and find the best deals without battling holiday shopping crowds, weather or traffic. For even more savings, shop with Melaleuca’s online retail partners. See page 36 for details.

Go and do. You don’t have to spend money to make this time of year special. Look back on your favorite holidays past, and what do you remember? It won’t be the new purse or necklace you got. It will be the time you spent with those you love. Try sledding, building snowmen, and making paper snowflakes with the kids. Attend free community concerts, tree-lighting ceremonies, extended family game nights and neighborhood parties. These are all great ways to make lasting holiday memories without spending a ton of money.

Avoid debt. Nothing wipes away those joyful holiday memories quicker than seeing a credit card bill in January. Studies have shown that when shopping with plastic, consumers spend up to 50% more on impulse purchases. And steer clear of those sneaky layaway plans retailers use to entice shoppers. They may be interest-free to start (miss a payment and you’ll be dinged with penalties), but they’re just another form of incurring debt. Whatever you purchase this holiday season, purchase it with the cash you know you have today, not the money you think you’ll have tomorrow.

Increase your income. If you’re willing to work for it, there are all sorts of opportunities to bring in some extra cash during the holidays allowing for more holiday spending. A lot of businesses need and advertise for seasonal help. However, as a Melaleuca Marketing Executive, you already have the perfect way to earn as much extra income as you’d like and loosen a tight budget.

Pay It Forward

The Nora and Steve McMahon Family

The Nora and Steve McMahon Family

by Darrin Johnson, Senior Vice President of Sales

Perhaps you’ve already heard the story of Nora and Steve McMahon. A Melaleuca Marketing Executive and a cancer survivor, Nora nearly lost her life on the operating table last year when she had a double mastectomy. Just a few months later, Steve, her husband, suffered a traumatic brain injury while deployed overseas with the military.

In October, for the fourth time this year, Nora had to go under the knife to correct some issues from her earlier surgery. Nora, who’s also a mother of six children (including two sets of twins), managed to square away all of the details with one exception: cooking. Without any short-term memory Steve can’t do the cooking, and Nora would be spending weeks in bed.

Nora’s friend asked her to create a meal calendar so people could sign up online to bring her food. Eventually, word of the calendar got around to Danny Tore, another Melaleuca Marketing Executive.

Now, keep in mind, Danny isn’t Nora’s enroller. He isn’t even in her support team at all. But that didn’t stop him from offering to help. He signed up for a meal and then he posted the calendar on social media for hundreds of people to see.

The calendar soon filled with names of people, many who didn’t know Nora at all but who wanted to help anyway. Nora’s enroller, Jessica Waller signed up, as did Trixie Overcashier, Frank and Maria Mosca, and Lyle and Sandie Siemens. But that was just the beginning.

When Frank and Maria Mosca placed an order online for a restaurant to give the McMahons a meal, an employee called to double-check the order and Maria told them Nora’s story.

“The lady on the phone told me, ‘I’m going to cry—that’s amazing,’” Maria said. “Then she said, ‘We’re going to throw in a gift certificate for a free pizza dinner, and we’re going to fix a special dessert just for her.’”

Lyle and Sandie called Olive Garden, which doesn’t usually deliver. But Sandie told the restaurant’s manager the story, and he personally delivered the meal—along with another gift certificate and a get-well-soon card.

“That’s what’s amazing about Melaleuca,” Nora says. “For most people, they’d just bring the meal and leave it at that. But with Melaleuca, there’s this kindness and this culture of helping others, no matter whose organization you’re in.”

She’s absolutely right: There’s something about the culture of Melaleuca that attracts caring, altruistic people who want to reach out and help others. It’s not just what we do; it’s a part of who we are. It’s the result of a seed planted by CEO Frank VanderSloot nearly three decades ago when he crafted our Mission Statement of enhancing lives.

That Mission Statement is an example of how a small act, a simple statement can blossom into something so much bigger. Look at what has happened since Frank introduced that Mission Statement in 1985. Today, it has become a wellness movement that is changing the lives of millions of people and sweeping across the world.

If you’re referring customers on the forefront of this movement, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You see lives changed every day through our safer, healthier products and through our rewarding customer referral program. Marketing Executives have often told me stories of receiving “thank you” phone calls from their enrollees.

Yet it’s also not uncommon to hear about enrollers thanking their customers. You may already know that when someone purchases one of those health-promoting products from Melaleuca, seven other families earn a commission. You probably know Melaleuca has paid out $3.7 billion in commissions over the last 29 years to families just like yours.

This month, on December 15—just before Hanukkah and two weeks before Christmas—hundreds of thousands of families will receive checks from Melaleuca. Those checks will provide hope, confidence and happiness to families throughout the United States and Canada.

Just a few weeks after, we’ll be holding Launch 2015, and this year, we’ll be announcing new ways for you to pay it forward and enhance lives like never before. On January 3, we’ll be announcing some new products that will absolutely blow your socks off. To get the full scope of what these announcements will mean for you, you need to be there at Launch—and I can’t emphasize that enough!

You might be tempted to think, “I’m just a customer; I don’t need to be at Launch.” But I promise you, there will be something at Launch for everybody, customer, business builder and in between.

Don’t just come to Launch. Look around at your friends and family and ask yourself, “Who could really benefit from Melaleuca? Who could use a hand at living a little healthier?” Bring a friend with you to Launch this year. Have them come and experience this incredible culture and rub shoulders with all of these good, caring individuals we have in our Melaleuca family.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” And someone much wiser than me said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

I know of no group more thoughtful and committed than the Marketing Executives we have at Melaleuca. Now, it’s time for all of us to “be the change,” and to put our best selves forward in 2015. Come to Launch and you’ll see what I mean. And who knows—we just might change the world together.
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5 Ways to Manage Your Holiday Hoopla

The holidays are full of fun and family, hope and cheer. But they can also be stressful and overbooked. (Like that year both your mother-in-law and your brother’s family somehow ended up staying at your house for a week—too many visions of sugarplums in the basement!) So how do you find peace and joy while managing all those frantic trips to the store, the harried baking frenzy in the kitchen and your child’s kindergarten classroom party? The following are a few ideas for making this holiday season a little calmer and more enjoyable.

Plan Ahead

Before the holidays hit, it’s a good idea to sit down with a calendar and your planner so you can get an idea of what’s coming. Pencil in tentative engagements, but block out events that are already planned. Record which day work is having that fancy dinner, and decide things like if and when you’re going to put up lights or decorate a tree. Find out when guests are arriving. If you’re the one traveling, be sure to make accommodations in advance and send your friends or family the itinerary so they know when to pick you up from the airport. Hate planning? You can make it a fun activity by listening to holiday music while having family members share favorite holiday traditions they would like to see happen again this year. Once you have an idea of what’s already happening, what needs to get done and what people want to do, you can prioritize. Divide your list into needs and wants. Categorizing everything into these two categories will help you feel confident in how you decide to manage your time. Then you won’t be wandering the Festival of Trees and realize you still haven’t purchased a turkey for your extended family dinner.


delegateAnother important aspect of managing your time is delegating. With all of the obligations and engagements you do have, figure out a way to share the responsibilities. You’re probably thinking, “But nobody puts together the winter gala like I do.” That may be true, but is it really worth losing your mind? Sharing tasks with others, whether coworkers, friends or members of your family, will help everyone get involved, create feelings of unity and ultimately free up time from your schedule. So before you head up on the roof to hang those lights, consider calling a service that will put them up and take them down for you.



Often, delegating responsibilities or eliminating them entirely just isn’t possible. In those instances, simplifying is the best way to get everything done. It may be you’re used to making a special caramel cheesecake that leaves everyone oohing and ahhing—ironically it has more steps than the assembly for that Ikea desk you gifted your teenage son—but having dessert catered this year will take some pressure off of you. Besides, nobody will mind those éclairs you had delivered from the new downtown bakery everyone’s raving about. The most complicated problem of the season is shopping for everyone … and their dog. So instead of facing icy roads and crowded stores, simplify your life and shop online in your robe and pajamas. Melaleuca has several great options for stocking stuffers, even some for that lovable pooch of yours. And with Melaleuca Marketplace you can shop over 650 stores to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list—including those who live miles away. Ordering online can make your gift-giving experience relatively hassle free. Not to mention, you will free up time to spend with family and friends that would otherwise have been spent wandering the department store or waiting in line at the post office.

Let It Go

Despite dressing up as your favorite superhero for Halloween this year, you just don’t have the power to fly or freeze time. Getting everything done on that list of yours seems next to impossible, but there’s no reason to let your inability to time travel keep you from enjoying the holidays. Learn to let things go. First, though, it’s important to be able to say no. Know when enough is enough, and don’t be afraid to turn down helping with the classroom party or ringing the Salvation Army bell downtown, especially if it means having a little more time to spend with your great-grandmother. Of course the holidays are all about serving and giving when you can, but don’t overdo it! For example, if your daughter has a lead role in the Nutcracker the same night as the neighbor’s cocktail party, make a quick call and thank them for the invite, but explain you have something else to attend. If you’re worried about straining the relationship, suggest another time you can get together after the craziness is over. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you won’t miss your tiny dancer’s debut. If you absolutely can’t let certain things go, postpone them. No one will mind receiving your family picture and newsletter in January. In fact, it will give them a little cheer during the heaviest part of the post-holiday blues.

Find Enjoyment

Are you feeling less than excited about the holiday happenings? It’s not enough to just be efficient with your time if the season is making you miserable. Make time to take some much-needed “you” time, whether that’s hitting the gym for an hour to blow off some stress or curling up by the fire to read that classic novel you’ve been trying to get to for years. A little timeout will help you maintain your sanity and keep a brighter outlook about the hustle and bustle. Also, getting adequate rest each night, eating well-balanced meals—even when you’re on the go—and making sure to get your daily Oligo® will help you sustain good health. The last thing you have time for is getting sick! You’ve been careful for months about counting calories, swapping snacks out with Attain Bars® and hitting the gym. So what do you do when you’re at the annual family cookie swap? Splurge—just a little! You may find yourself worrying that having a cookie or two will ruin your caloric intake for the day, but you feel punished and resentful that everyone else gets to enjoy all the delicious holiday sweets. Instead of riddling yourself with guilt about the extra calories those treats may add to your daily count, allow yourself to have one of Aunt Marge’s famous frosted sugar cookies, and savor everything about it. Just remember to approach the dinner table with an attitude of moderation—your mind and body will both thank you. It’s true that the holidays can be overwhelming, but hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy them as you practice some of these timesaving tips. After all, this time of year is about celebrating, and everyone deserves that opportunity—even you.

It’s true that the holidays can be overwhelming, but hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy them as you practice some of these timesaving tips. After all, this time of year is about celebrating, and everyone deserves that opportunity—even you.

7 Weeks To Savvier Spending

No one wants to waste money. The problem is, sometimes what you want and what you actually do don’t always match up. Case in point: trying to fit into your skinny jeans and eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s. So while we all try to make reasonable spending choices, chances are we’ve got some holes in our budgets. It might not feel like much, but a couple of dollars here and there can really add up. Tightening your financial belt might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but the giddy feeling you get from shrinking your debt or adding to a cushy savings account quickly outweights the small spending adjustments.

For the next seven weeks, try adopting one lifestyle change each week. This gives you time to adjust and develop new habits. Very few of us can make radical lifestyle changes all at once; you can ease into financial fitness by making slow, yet noticeable adjustments.

cable1. Cancel Your Cable
Did you know virtually all of your TV content is available online the next day at sites like And it’s FREE! Seriously. There are very few shows you can’t watch online at no cost. Or, you can pay a little more and get access to additional movies and shows at a fraction of the price your cable company so gleefully gobbled up. Check out Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus for some examples. And if watching on a computer screen doesn’t quite cut it, make a one-time purchase for a Roku box and stream the content to your TV.

cash-over-credit2. Ditch Your Plastic
Next time you go shopping, leave the cards at home and stick to cash. After all, you can’t spend what you don’t have. The same goes for online shopping. Delete your saved payment methods so you have to actually go get your card and enter the number in every time. That one extra action makes you stop and think, “Do I really need this?”

pack-lunch3. Pack a Lunch
Life is hectic and sometimes planning ahead is hard, but packing a lunch just twice a week can save you a sweet $50 a month or more. Simplify the process by coming up with one or two simple meals you like and can prepare quickly the night before (or 10 minutes before you rush out the door), and then stick with those.

landline4. Scrap Your Landline
You have a cell phone. Your kids either have a cell phone or they use yours. Even the babysitter has a cell phone. You don’t need another monthly phone bill. If you’re concerned about your kids having emergency access to a phone when you’re gone, you can always buy a cheap prepaid phone.

10-dollars5. Save $10
Every week, take $10 out of your bank account and stash it away in a rainy day fund. It’s a small enough amount you won’t miss it too much, but by the end of the year you’ll have $520. Pump up your weekly savings amount by funneling the extra money from your canceled cable and landline into your rainy day fund.

jump-rope6. Stop Paying For the Gym
Only eight percent of people with a gym membership actually use it. The rest of us pay an average of $50 a month for an added burden of guilt. Cancel your gym membership and try a free (and equally effective) form of exercise: Go for a jog, break out your bike or do some of the free workout videos on YouTube.

car-pool7. Car Pool
The days of $2-a-gallon gas are long gone and filling up the tank can be an expensive endeavor Whether you’re driving to work, dropping the kids off at school, or even going to a Melaleuca event, find a friend to carpool with at least twice a week. Depending on the length of your commute, you can also try biking to work during warm weather.

use-melaleuca8. Keep Using Melaleuca
Wait a minute–you’re doing this already! And that’s why you’re awesome. By shopping with Melaleuca you’re saving money on products you use every day: like and average of 25 percent on laundry detergent or 50 percent on shampoo, just to name a couple. Plus, if you refer friends to Melaleuca, you can actually earn money. Has your supermarket ever given you a check for referring for friends? I don’t think so.