Highlighting the Importance of Blood Donation

Herbalife Nutrition and the American Red Cross have something amazing in common: we both rely on our communities to succeed. At Herbalife Nutrition, our independent distributors bring our products to their communities while supporting and coaching their customers. The American Red Cross relies on a community of donors to supply blood for local hospitals.

Collectively, both organizations want to help people achieve healthier lives. It’s this commitment to health and community that makes us proud to work with the American Red Cross.

The History of Our Partnership

For 21 years we have supported the Red Cross. Over the past 5 years alone, the Company has donated more than 1.1 million Protein Deluxe Bars, valued at more than $2 million, to 120 Red Cross blood donation centers across the U.S.

Most recently and for the second consecutive year, we joined other major organizations to support the American Red Cross Missing Types Campaign by promoting the need for blood donations. Also, our independent distributors and employees generously participated in U.S. and international relief efforts, helping people affected by disasters including Hurricane Florence, California wildfires and the Ridgecrest earthquake.

In addition, we host blood drives for employees and independent distributors. Blood donations from these drives, combined with the donations collected on the Herbalife Nutrition bloodmobile that covers Southern California, have been critical to maintaining the blood supply. In total, nearly 8,000 units of lifesaving blood have been collected through these efforts.

Herbalife Nutrition has held a seat on the American Red Cross Los Angeles Board since 2008. Our very own Dr. Kristy Appelhans, Senior Director, Global Post-Market Medical Surveillance, currently holds a seat on the Los Angeles Regional Board of Directors. She joined the board in early 2018, inspired by a desire to protect, nurture, and help others while playing a more active role in promoting community health.

Why Donate Blood?

Blood donation is a public health matter that deserves our full attention. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. One donation can potentially save up to three lives, but only 3% of the eligible U.S. population donates blood each year.

Tymia’s story underlines the importance of donating blood and making sure hospitals have all blood types readily available when patients need them. Thousands of patients rely on blood transfusions throughout their lives to stay healthy, but engagement from new blood donors has declined steadily for most of the past decade.

Since blood is perishable and cannot be artificially produced, the Red Cross needs all eligible individuals to roll up their sleeves, and give to help those in need. This is why blood donation is a humanitarian effort. Whenever you donate blood, you are contributing to another person’s healthcare needs during a critical, perhaps life-threatening moment.

Finding Ways to Get Involved

Before she served on the regional board, Dr. Appelhans was already serving her patients in her private practice and protecting consumers worldwide as the head of Herbalife Nutrition’s Global Post-Market Safety Surveillance department. Still, she was motivated to further share her drive to help others.

We all can do the same and make a difference in our communities. Donating blood is powerful. It brings people together for the sole purpose of helping someone in need. In today’s busy world, the opportunities to help someone so personally and profoundly, let alone bring diverse communities together, have become too few and far between.

This is why we support the American Red Cross and encourage our employees and distributors to participate. So please join us in making a meaningful contribution. Find your nearest Red Cross blood drive and get ready to make a difference. To schedule an appointment, visit redcross.org or download the American Red Cross donor app.

It is a simple process with a very rewarding outcome—the possibility to make a positive, life-changing impact for people in need.

John Agwunobi, M.D., MBA, MPH – Co-President and Chief Health & Nutrition Officer

John AgwunobiM.D., MBA, MPH – Co-President and Chief Health & Nutrition Officer

Dr. Agwunobi holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In previous roles, he served as senior vice president and president of health and wellness for Walmart, as well as Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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