USANA @ 20: A Series Celebrating USANA’s Greatness
Where were you and what were you doing 20 years ago?
1992. It seems so long ago.
Perhaps you weren’t born yet, or at least too young to remember the Summer Games in Barcelona (looking at you, NEX!)
But for those of us who do remember the early ’90s, we were watching Home Improvement, Northern Exposure, and Murder, She Wrote (or our parents were), and if we weren’t desperately clinging to the ’80s we were listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Hammer (sans the MC).
And, according to this handy guide…
- Gas cost $1.05 a gallon
- Euro Disney opened in France
- Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd U.S. president
- Microsoft released Windows 3.1
- Miley Cyrus was born
What a year, right?
Also that year, a soon-to-be revolutionary nutrition company formed in a small office in Salt Lake City, Utah.
20 Years of Changing Lives
USANA Health Sciences, Inc., founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, began changing lives in 1992. It aimed to help realize the founder’s dream of a world free from pain and suffering.
From its outset USANA’s mission has been to develop and provide the highest quality, science-based health products, distributed internationally through network marketing, creating a rewarding financial opportunity for our independent Associates, shareholders, and employees.
“We now know that optimal nutrition is key to long-term good health. Unfortunately, the high level of nutrition that is necessary to maintain good health is difficult to receive from the typical modern diet. And, the nutritional supplement industry was filled with incomplete, unbalanced products. This discovery led me to found USANA Health Sciences in 1992 in order to develop advanced nutritional formulations and manufacture premier nutritional supplements. Today, I believe that with the USANA Health Sciences products, people can live healthier lives, and I’m excited about sharing this good news with others.”
— Dr. Myron Wentz
USANA @ 20: The Series
Over the next several weeks, What’s Up, USANA? will feature the difference-makers — not only individuals, but departments, products, and more — who have had a significant impact on USANA and are poised to propel us into the future.
Beginning April 2 and continuing each Monday through August 13 — the week USANA celebrates its 20th anniversary at the 2012 International Convention — we will bring you a new story of excellence, inspiration, and success.
We’ve divided the stories into four categories, each recognizing an important era in USANA history:
- USANA Pioneers (April 2-30)
- April 2: Dr. Myron Wentz
- April 9: Sterling Ottesen
- April 16: Nancey & Doug Hekking
- April 23: Kevin Guest
- April 30: Pete Van Duser
- Expanding Vision (May 7-June 4)
- May 7: Hubert Krause & Seta Der Artinian (français)
- May 14: Conchita Vargas Lugo & Eduardo Barreto
- May 21: Team USANA
- May 28: Vincent Chan
- June 4: Deborah Woo
- Enduring Legacy (June 11-July 9)
- June 11: Dave Wentz
- June 18: Distributor Services
- June 25: The Essentials
- July 2: Collette Larsen
- July 9: Research & Development
- Next Generation (July 16-August 13)
- July 16: Social Media
- July 23: Leanne Grechulk
- July 30: Aaron Dinh & Michael Callejas
- August 6: Asia Pacific & Europe
- August 13: Associates & Preferred Customers
We hope you enjoy learning more about just a few of the reasons USANA is, and will continue to be, a world-class company.
How About You?
We invite you to share your memories of USANA by either commenting on this blog post or e-mailing us at [email protected]. Who knows? Your comments could be part of a feature kicking off USANA’s next 20 years.
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I joined so I can help others live a healthy, happy and abundant life. I have time to spend with my family and the money to do whatever I want and go wherever I want.
USANA Health Sciences formulates exceptional, science-based nutritional and personal-care products. However, inferior manufacturing can destroy even the greatest product formulations. For this reason, USANA manufactures its own nutritional supplements, and voluntarily meets pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Pharmaceutical GMP standards are far more stringent than the food GMP requirements set by the U.S. government for supplements.
My wife Gertrude and I joined for health reasons in 1996 and are grateful for taking that initiative because my health especially has improved dramatically. The difference is like night and day. I can now enjoy things I could not then and my sinus allergy problem is now a thing of the past. I’m now 75 years young and have more energy than many 40 and 50 year olds. In fact I’m training and intend to run the 10 Km race on Father’s Day Marathon in Winnipeg. Thank you Dr Wentz and USANA.
I first heard about USANA in 1994, I was interested in better health at that time as I had become aware of the value of being responsible for that part of my life. My sponsor described the vision of Dr Wentz and showed me the products. At that time the Essentials came in three bottles, Megavitamin, Chelated Mineral and Antioxidant. We also had Chocolate Nutrimeal and Fibergy. That was it! Apparently that was enough.
I joined just in time for the 1994 Las Vegas Convention, only the second in company history. Since then I have not missed a Convention, the Twentieth USANA Convention will be my Nineteenth. Those Conventions as well as many Regionals have always been a mainstay of my USANA career. From a small conference room in the Las Vegas Riveria to the major event we now see has been a pleasure to have been a part of.
I like the products and it helps us so much.
20 years ago was the point of uncertainty in my life. Now, it has come one full circle. I am experiencing the most trial moment in my life again. I am praying for a turning point for the better.