Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company has embarked on a year-long collaboration with the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) to further reinforce nutrition education and its importance to one’s overall wellbeing across the nation. The partnership involves the two organisations collaborating on a series of initiatives and planned programmes.
“According to our Asia Pacific Nutrition Myth Survey 2020, more than seven in 10 Malaysians are interested in receiving nutrition advice from healthcare professionals. Hence, we are pleased to play a bigger role in public nutrition education alongside NSM, an esteemed organisation that has been championing nutrition education and awareness for the past 35 years,” said General Manager/Director of Herbalife Nutrition Malaysia, Steven Chin. “Our new partnership is driven by our shared belief in promoting good nutrition and a healthy active lifestyle among Malaysians from all walks of life.”
This collaboration further elevates the existing relationship between Herbalife Nutrition and NSM, and will foster better understanding between both parties. By joining forces, initiatives developed will incorporate their mutual expertise to benefit the general public. Planed activities include the development of educational content such as media articles co-authored by their experts on various subject matters including nutrition, health and wellness.
“NSM is guided by a simple belief that the more people understand good nutrition, the better they can care for their health and wellbeing. With this in mind, we partner with other organisations on public education initiatives across Southeast Asia. We have strong relations and work closely with regional organisations such as Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition Network (SEA-PHN), Southeast Asia Probiotics Scientific and Regulatory Experts Network (SEA Probiotics SREN) and Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) to create awareness on the importance of nutrition and active living. We are pleased to collaborate with Herbalife Nutrition and believe that our partnership will improving the lives of Malaysians through proper nutrition information to prevent diet-related chronic diseases,” said Dr. Tee E Siong, President of NSM.
The collaboration comes at a time when the health of Malaysians is now a cause for national concern as revealed by the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019. According to the survey, one in two adults in Malaysia were either overweight or obese while diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol are among the main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are prevalent amongst Malaysians, which also happen to be major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) – the current leading causes of death in Malaysia. It’s been revealed that 1.7 million people in Malaysia live with three major risk factors at present while 3.4 million people live with two of them.
“The survey results are certainly a cause for concern, especially when such diseases are very closely linked to obesity which can be avoided through a healthy diet and proper nutrition intake. Through our collaboration with NSM, we will seek to educate every individual on the benefits of consuming the right nutrition, so they can start practising a healthy lifestyle which will benefit them in the long run,” added Steven Chin.