Herbalife Nutrition Partners with FIDM in a Design Contest

Herbalife is an international multi-level company that initiates, markets and sells a variety of products ranging from nutrition supplements to personalized care products. The company was established in the year 1980 by Mark Hughes.


Headquartered in Los Angeles California, the company is in operation in over 95 countries across the world. It has employed an approximate number of 8,000 employees around the globe with a network of over 3.2 million distributors.


Herbalife’s major products include protein shakes and weight loss vitamins. It also produces sports hydration drinks, protein bars, aloes, and teas. The company’s products are manufactured in the 5 major outlets located in the United States and China.


The company mainly markets its products through team sponsorships. It is the shirt sponsor of United States Major Soccer league side, LA Galaxy from the year 2007. The company has also sponsored the world’s best footballers, Christiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.


Herbalife penetrated the fashion industry when it announced a design contest in partnership with the renowned Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The fashion competition is a section of a specialized advanced study platform. In the program, FIDM students are required to come up with a variety of designed active wear.


Students taking part in the competition are put into groups and challenged to develop an activewear collection that features an active and healthy lifestyle. The students are also expected to present their end products to the FIDM panel and the Herbalife Nutrition team of specialists.


The final challenge of the participants will involve an intense scrutiny by the panel of judges from both parties. The entire team will be required to highlight how to incorporate the individual ideas into a collection. Furthermore, the students are allowed to take part in individual designs apart from their group projects.


Herbalife Nutrition’s Chief Executive Officer, Rich Goudis said that the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is one of the best fashion institutes in the world. He added that its commitment to innovation and production of quality designs made it the best partner in the contest.


Barbara Bundy, FIDM’s Vice President noted that 2018 was the 26th year that the school had collaborated with a global brand in the creation of a fashion contest for its students. The vice president thanked the company for inspiring and challenging the FiDM students.





Dr Eric Forsthoefel: Medical Insurance Companies should not pay for Emergency Room Visits for Non-Urgent Medical Cases

According to Dr Eric Forsthoefel, there is an increase in the number of people seeking medical services in the emergency rooms without the necessary conditions such as critical medical issues and justifications from a medical practitioner. This is consistent with a research study conducted by the George Washington University and other private researchers. Moreover, the number seems to be increasing, and no legal method seems to be working to reduce or reverse the trend. Since the early 1990s, patients have preferred medical services in the emergency department rather than the primary care department, and the frequency seems to be increasing.

The problem is that this issue is stretching the resources in the emergency department such that they are used for other purposes other than the intended one which is caring for the individuals with the acute need of emergency medications. All the resources set aside to cater for the needs of the emergency department are used to cater to people whose conditions cannot be considered urgent. It is that the number of people in need of emergency services might equal those with actual needs of the emergency department, which could prove to be to be critical to most of the medical care organizations around the country.

In several research studies conducted to determine the reasons as to why many people prefer the needs of the emergency department for medical conditions that can be said no to be urgent, the results found are consistent with the findings of Dr Eric Forsthoefel. One of the findings is that individuals prefer to get the services of a medical practitioner within the shortest time possible, which is difficult to get into the primary care department. They are left with no option but to seek for such services in the emergency department, why medical professionals are available on a twenty-four-hour basis.

However, other issues play a critical role in determining why people request for the services of the emergency medical department for non-urgent situations. One such issue is that low-income patients, especially those who do not have medical insurance have a perception that they do not get the most appropriate services from the primary department. Some of them have gone further to highlight that there is no real connection between the primary caregivers and their patients. Overall, the situation can be reversed where people get the services in the departments where they are supposed to get them.

One of the primary methods that are currently being used to prevent people with non-urgent medical issues to visit the emergency department is employers refusing to pay for their employees. Recently, Anthem, the largest medical insurance provider in the United States, covers for one in eight of the covered people in the USA, is cutting payments for medical services in the emergency rooms in medical cases that have been classified as non-urgent. However, this strategy is being seen by many organizations as an attempt to lower the costs while at the same time increasing the profits of the medical insurance provider companies.