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Giving Kids the Opportunity to Succeed Through Good Nutrition

Jenny Perez, Executive Director, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation | Herbalife Nutrition​ | July 28, 2018
"Given the opportunity to strive, every child has endless possibilities" - Jenny Perez of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation shares her purpose for helping children around the world succeed https://hrbl.me/2r72VvdClick To Tweet

Experience changes the way you look at things. It gives you perspective and knowledge that doesn’t come solely through theory. I was the first in my family to go to college, earning a full scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and that opportunity opened the world for me, a girl whose Mexican immigrant parents didn’t go to school past the sixth grade.  And that chance ignited my passion to help others.  I know that, if given the opportunity to strive, every child has endless possibilities.

 

Created in 1994 by Herbalife Founder Mark Hughes, the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) is a U.S. 501(C) (3), a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing healthy nutrition and nutrition education to children in need.  Earlier this year, Herbalife officially announced its name change to “Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.”  The evolution to Herbalife Nutrition reflects the investments the company has made to become a leader in the nutrition industry, and its commitment to making the world healthier and happier.

 

Given the Foundation’s purpose to support communities in need through good nutrition and resources, we are excited to announce our own name change to the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF).  

 

Through my work at the Foundation, I’ve seen firsthand the lasting impact we are making in children’s lives through good nutrition.  Last September, I visited an orphanage for young girls that the Foundation supports in Mexico City and was inspired by the environment of trust, security and reassurement offered to the girls.  There’s a school and a beautiful kitchen and they’re all there together, learning how to become independent.  They’ve kind of become their own family.

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Jenny Perez (second from left) spends time at a Herbalife Nutrition Foundation Casa in Mexico City

 

I was truly moved because my mother lost her mom at the age of 6. My grandfather had no idea how to raise six children so he placed them with other people—my mom and her siblings didn’t have it easy.  When I visited that orphanage, I couldn’t help but think about my mom, about how amazing it would have been for her to have a place like that and about how glad I am I can be a part of such a great initiative

 

Today, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation partners with more than 130 programs (we call them “Casas”) around the world in more than 50 countries, with the purpose to ensure that children in the most need have the resources and access to good nutrition, helping them grow healthier and happier.  We’re helping about 80,000 kids through the Casa program, and have contributed more than $22 million to organizations around the world—more than $3 million alone in 2017.

 

I’m fortunate to be part of an organization dedicated to helping those who need it most.  I can only imagine what the kids we help will grow up to be – scientists, artists, doctors, teachers – and how they will change the world.