This article was originally published by Herbalife Nutrition and is republished with permission.
Although everyone can benefit from a healthier diet, the impact of good nutrition can be life-changing to vulnerable populations affected by malnutrition.
The rates of global hunger, acute food insecurity and malnutrition are rising and pose some of the largest risks to health. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations estimates there could be two billion undernourished people by 2050. In addition, food insecurity – a lack of consistent access to enough, nutritious food – contributes to rates of overweight and obesity, as well as malnutrition and developmental disorders.
Malnutrition is a global disease that encompasses three different problems, known as the triple burden of malnutrition: undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity. As a result, one in nine people globally is undernourished, one in three is impacted by some form of malnutrition, and one in ten is obese.
How can we help tackle these pressing global challenges? Herbalife believes access to good nutrition is a critical part of the equation, which is why they are proud to announce their Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative.
How Does the Initiative Address Global Hunger?
Nutrition for Zero Hunger will tackle global hunger through a pledge of $2 million over the next three years including key commitments to increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education for vulnerable populations around the world.
The Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #2 – Zero Hunger, which calls for bold action to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, as well as solutions to end global hunger and improve nutrition worldwide.
Nutrition for Zero Hunger comprises commitments worldwide including:
1. Global Partnerships
To boost their impact, Herbalife partners with organizations focused on addressing hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. They work with organizations who are doing the work on the ground to help support access to nutritious foods and working to address systemic food insecurity and malnutrition. Their partnership and nutrition expertise will help further their reach and overall impact.
As a part of Nutrition for Zero Hunger, Herbalife is proud to partner with Feed the Children, a leading advocate for defeating childhood hunger worldwide.
The initiative addresses key pandemic problems, and through their work with their NGO partners, like Feed the Children, they are working to build a world where everyone has access to quality food and nutrition.
Feed the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families and communities by providing food assistance and resources to help achieve stable lives both in the U.S. and internationally in 10 countries. In 2018, Feed the Children distributed 88.6 million pounds of food and essentials, working with community partners to support 6.5 million people globally.
2. Product Donations
As a global leader in nutrition, with almost 40 years of experience developing science-backed nutrition products, Herbalife will provide product donations of convenient nutrient-dense products.
Nutrient density, a measure of nutrients provided per calorie, is an important factor in a healthy diet and especially critical in the context of malnutrition. When choosing between two food items with the same calorie amount, one food choice may provide empty calories from sugar and saturated fat with no other significant nutrients, while another choice can provide your body with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals we need daily.
Herbalife’s products are developed with nutrient density in mind. Their protein-rich meal replacement shakes provide all of the nutrients from a well-balanced meal with up to 21 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, 9g of plant-based soy protein and fiber.
Another example of the impact their product donations can have is their partnership with the American Red Cross (ARC). Since 2015, they have supported ARC by raising funds for global disaster relief events and hosting onsite blood drives, but also by providing our protein bars that have supported both blood donors and people impacted by disaster.
3. Nutrition Expertise
Being the leading nutrition company in the world is a distinction earned through their commitment to quality products, state-of-the-art manufacturing and supply chain. With products available in 94 countries worldwide and a global network of more than 300 scientists, researchers, doctors, dietitians and nutritionists, they are experts in developing and delivering quality nutrition worldwide to ensure that their millions of customers and independent distributors can depend on access to quality nutrition products.
Herbalife’s “Seed to Feed” initiative ensures their ingredients are being sourced in the best conditions by working closely with partner farmers and world-class suppliers as well as rigorous testing of our products before they reach consumers.
They will use their expertise in developing and delivering top quality nutrition worldwide to support their partners with access to food and supply infrastructure and collaborate on expanding nutrition and food programs.
4. Resources for Nutrition Education
Nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle can greatly impact health, but education can often be a challenge for those who may not know how to get started or overwhelmed by conflicting information. By working with their network of registered dietitians and nutritionists from around the world, they have developed and provided tools to empower people to make healthy choices. They will work with partners to share tools and resources to increase nutrition education and customize for communities across geographies, languages and ages.
5. Global Volunteering Efforts
Herbalife will tap into their extensive global network of employees, independent distributors, and customers to help bring an end to hunger. With their global footprint, they have the unique opportunity to reach many of those in need. Their 2019 Global Month of Purpose, a worldwide event to empower volunteerism resulted in more than 11,000 hours spent in service of local communities.
6. Raising Awareness
By integrating thought leaders, experts, nonprofit partners, media, and the general public as part of external campaigns, Herbalife aims to engage millions of people per year to join in and share about Nutrition for Zero Hunger.
Herbalife Nutrition was built with the purpose to improve lives worldwide through access to good nutrition. Through Nutrition for Zero Hunger, they will address key pandemic problems and help set goals for a world where everyone has access to quality food, taking hunger down to zero.