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The 2015 DSN Awards Ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

Plexus Worldwide ranked among top direct-selling firms

Scottsdale-based Plexus Worldwide, a leading direct-marketing weight-loss and health-supplement seller that was recently named No. 8 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies, announced it was named No. 30 on the Direct Selling News (DSN) List of Top 50 Revenue-Generating Companies in Direct Selling within the United States, and No. 56 on its Global 100 list.

The 2015 lists, featured in the June issue of Direct Selling News magazine, represents aggregate revenue of more than $82 billion from companies based in 14 countries. This is the first year where DSN’s Global 100 was also broken out to show the top 50 in North America. 

Last year, Plexus Worldwide rankedNo. 76 on the Global list, again indicating Plexus Worldwide continues its rapid growth within the Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) and direct selling industry as demonstrated by its rise toNo. 56.   The list states that Plexus Worldwide showed revenues of $310 Million in 2014, compared to $160 Million in 2013. 

“Plexus Worldwide continues to grow at an exceptional rate, and we’re excited to make such a significant jump, up 20 spots, in this year’s DSN Global 100 list top revenue-generating companies,” said Tarl Robinson, CEO of Plexus Worldwide. “Just four years ago, Plexus had revenues of less than one million and in 2014 Plexus surpassed $310 Million. Our growth numbers so far this year in 2015 show even more impressive figures, which we attribute directly to our amazing Ambassadors who continually share their personal success stories leading to our rapid growth.”

“The DSN Global 100 ranking is more than a list of who’s who and what was accomplished in terms of revenue for the prior year,” said John Fleming, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Direct Selling News within its website announcing this year’s winners. “By doing the research and publishing such a list, we spotlight the contributions that the top direct selling companies are making in communities and economies around the world.”

“We continue to see increased numbers each month as more people learn about our incredible products like Plexus Slim, ProBio5, Accelerator+ and many others,” said Alec Clark, Chief Marketing Officer of Plexus Worldwide. “The personal testimonial stories we hear daily from our product users and Ambassadors are awe inspiring, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this company that is helping improve lives.”

For the third consecutive year, Ada, Michigan-based Amway claimed the No. 1 rank in the DSN Global 100, with $10.8 billion in revenue. Avon, Herbalife, Mary Kay and Vorwerk rounded out the top five on this year’s list.

Plexus recently broke ground on a 70,000 SF national headquarters office building in Scottsdale, which is adjacent to its 30,000 SF warehouse operations center.  Plexus Worldwide currently has more than 200 employees in Arizona and more than 200,000 associates, which it calls Ambassadors, across the United States and Internationally. 


Plexus Worldwide donates $35,000 to Toys for Tots

Scottsdale-based Plexus Worldwide, a leading direct-marketing weight-loss and health-supplement seller that was recently named No. 8 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies, presented a donation of $35,000 to Toys for Tots and a donation of $40,417 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

The presentation occurred on December 15 at Plexus Worldwide’s headquarters in Scottsdale.  Sgt. Eric Martinez, Coordinator for Toys for Tots in Maricopa County and Aaron Miranda of Wounded Warrior Project attended the event, and were joined by Plexus Executives including CEO Tarl Robinson and CMO Alec Clark.

“We were overwhelmed by the support of our customers and ambassadors to donate to these worthwhile organizations,” said Tarl Robinson, CEO of Plexus Worldwide.  “As Plexus Worldwide continues our astronomical growth into 2015, we look forward to more opportunities to help worthwhile organizations like Toys for Tots and The Wounded Warrior Project in the years to come.”

“Wounded Warrior Project positively impacts the lives of more than 60,000 injured veterans and their families with programs and services funded by the public and caring companies like Plexus Worldwide,” said Adam Silva, chief development officer for Wounded Warrior Project.  “We’re very thankful to Plexus Worldwide which has donated nearly $100,000 over the past two years to Wounded Warrior Project to help us achieve our vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Plexus Worldwide as a national corporate sponsor of the 2014 Marine Toys for Tots Campaign,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation ” With their generous support, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children, who otherwise might have been forgotten.”

The donation to Toys for Tots is a direct result of sales made on Cyber Monday, when Plexus customers and ambassadors entered a special code to donate 5% of that day’s sales.  The Wounded Warriors Project donation is a result of a similar special offer on Veterans Day.  Other charities to benefit from Plexus donations during 2014 include breast cancer awareness and research organizations.


Insight Announces Launch of On-Site Health Center

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading worldwide technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has opened an on-site health center at its corporate headquarters location in Tempe.

At the Insight Health Center, teammates can receive annual exams, immunizations, blood tests, generic drug prescriptions, urgent care and other screening procedures. These new clinical services are offered to teammates on an Insight sponsored health plan, with plans to expand to all teammates and teammate dependents.

Insight recently celebrated the grand opening of the health center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a large number of teammates.

“We are thrilled to offer the convenience of an on-site health center to our 1,400 Tempe-based teammates,” said Jen Fernandez, vice president, human resources. “We all lead busy lives and the Insight Health Center is one way we’re helping our teammates achieve some additional work-life balance.”

Additionally, Insight’s existing wellness program, which has been in place for the past five years, has been relocated to the health center. This program assists teammates with managing their health through improved nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation and more.

For more information on Insight visit www.INSIGHT.com or call 800-INSIGHT.


Got Milk? Babies and Breastfeeding

Becoming a mother is one of the most wonderful and challenging times in a woman’s life. It’s a time for celebrations but also a time for preparation, planning and important decision making. One of those decisions being – do I breastfeed or use formula milk?

Many new mothers struggle with the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed their new baby. While many may opt out of breastfeeding, health educators are encouraging mother’s to reconsider.

Why the breast is best

Nursing is a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. It provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that many nursing mothers desire.

Aside from that, breast milk also provides infection-fighting prebiotics (antibodies) that aren’t found in formula. These antibodies are passed from the nursing mother to her baby and can help by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of bad bacteria that can create viruses and other infections like:

  • Gas, diarrhea and other digestive health issues
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood obesity
  • Leukemia
  • Eczema and other skin issues
  • Immune system

But that’s not all—breast milk is the “perfect food” for the digestive system.


Breast milk delivers the perfect amount of nutrition that promotes easy digestion. Unlike baby formula, which is full of insulin and high in sugar, breast milk contains lactose, protein, fat and prebiotics that all are easily digested by a newborns immature system. Together they work to promote the growth of “friendly bacteria” inside the newborns stomach and fight off any harmful bacteria that may cause chronic illnesses.

Can mother’s benefit from breastfeeding too?

Weight gain, pregnancy hormones and constant fatigue, it’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body. But good news moms—you too can benefit from breastfeeding in a number of ways.


Many mothers today play multiple rolls like parent and corporate career woman, leaving very little time to make additional trips to the store for formula and bottles. Breastfeeding is convenient for both mother and child. There’s no waiting when your baby is hungry or need to mix formula and clean bottles and nipples.

Less Expense

Depending on the brand of formula, it is estimated breast feeding can help save thousands. And because of the immunities and prebiotics (antibodies) passed through a mothers’ breast milk, breastfed infants are often less sick than those who use formula, ultimately saving money that would be spent on over-the-counter medicine and doctor office visits.

Baby Bonding

Every mother looks forward to the time they get to bond with their newborn. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin in the mother’s body. That combined with milk ejection and skin-to-skin contact promotes the development of maternal behavior and also bonding between mother and her child.

Weight Loss

Breastfeeding may help a mother get back to her pre-pregnancy weight as well. With proper diet and exercise, breast feeding can help burn some additional calories and shrink the uterus, so nursing moms may be able to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight quicker. Not to mention, help a mothers overall confidence.


Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.prebiotin.com

Weight-loss - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-Loss Surgical Procedures Help Patients Reclaim Their Lives

Cutting the fat: Weight-loss surgical procedures help patients gain confidence while reclaiming their lives

For most people who battle their weight, there is an epiphanic moment that needs to happen before they make a healthy change that sticks.

“I was 27 years old and couldn’t keep up with my (three) children because I was overweight,” says 29-year-old Autumn Garvin. “I had no energy, and my family was suffering as a result. I had tried every diet and would lose some weight but always would gain it back — and then some. I was frustrated and needed to take control of my own life.”

One day, she suggested to her youngest son that they lay down for a nap before picking up her two older children from school.

“He said, ‘Mommy, don’t be lazy!’ ” Garvin recalls. “That moment was such a wakeup call for me. I would never want my kids to be hindered — or worse yet, embarrassed — by my weight problems.”

That was the trigger Garvin needed to do something about her lifelong struggle with weight. She underwent a laparoscopic gastric banding procedure, performed by Dr. Eric Schlesinger of Scottsdale — a board-certified bariatric surgeon and the medical director of the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. During surgery, Schlesinger placed an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of Garvin’s stomach, creating a smaller upper stomach pouch that limits food intake.

Besides the adjustable gastric band, other surgical options available for weight loss include gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures.

“Each of these procedures treats obesity a little differently,” Schlesinger says. “For example, the gastric band causes a person to feel full after eating less food than previously. Gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch have an additional effect on a person’s metabolism.”

Since having surgery, Garvin has lost 110 pounds (and counting), is able to keep up with her children, now ages 12, 9 and 7 years old, and is doing things she never thought would be possible.

“Last Thanksgiving, I walked and jogged a 5K race,” she says. “It means so much to me to be able to lead an active lifestyle and share that way of life with my family.”

But Garvin’s weight-loss accomplishment hasn’t been without its rough patches.

“The biggest hurdle with my weight loss journey was dealing with people who told me I was a cheater, and I didn’t understand how to ‘really’ lose weight,” she says. “It took some time for me to realize that it didn’t matter what everyone else thought — I was working hard, and it was paying off. Now, if people tell me I’m a cheater, I just say, ‘You’re right. I cheated being obese for the rest of my life by working hard to lose more than 100 pounds.’ ”

For more information about the weight-loss surgical options mentioned in this story, visit weightlossarizona.com.

Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s
1492 S. Mill Ave., #201, Tempe
(480) 968-6007

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Infrared Body Wraps - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Infrared Body Wraps Burn Calories, Erase Inches

Keeping it Under Wraps: Infrared body wraps burn calories, erase inches and melt the fat off your body

There’s a new type of body wrap in town, and it’s hot!

The infrared body wrap, offered at select spas and fitness facilities throughout the Valley, claims to firm skin, diminish cellulite, erase inches and melt the fat right off your body — no creams, pastes, bandages or indecent exposure necessary. You can even fall asleep with your clothes on while you burn approximately 1,400 calories in a one hour session.

How it works

The wrap burns calories, smooths skin appearance and detoxifies the body.

Skye Roberts, personal trainer and owner of Luna Fitness, a women’s-only gym in Tempe says, “During the infrared body wrap, your circulation increases by 300 percent, and you get blood flow through your heart as if you were running a marathon for an hour, which totally revs up your metabolism.”

Roberts explains that a session in an infrared body wrap heats up the lumpy, bumpy cellulite and allows the blood vessels to flow and break down the cold fat like it naturally would. When it comes to detoxifying the body, the heat of the infrared wrap creates a fever in your body, wherein the body works on flushing out all the toxins, impurities and lactic acid build up.

The perfect candidate

Roberts has been a personal trainer for more than 20 years and even with her sleek and toned physique, after she had her baby, she couldn’t eliminate the postpartum pooch.

Roberts says that she knows all there is to know about a healthy diet and proper exercise, and the only thing that eliminated the fatty pooch was completing infrared body wrap sessions.

Roberts recommends the infrared body wrap for individuals who want to jumpstart their weight loss goals, women looking to shed their pregnancy baby fat as well as those who need increased circulation to combat health conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

“The body is designed to heal itself, but you’ve got to have the blood flow to do that, it will increase recovery time from injuries,” Roberts says. “We’ve got marathon runners coming in here post-race to remove the lactic acid, the soreness and treat the sprains and strains.”

Success stories

Roberts has had success stories from her clients when it comes to the infrared body wrap.

“We’ve been weighing and measuring women before and after [each infrared wrap] and monitoring their results,” Roberts says. “I had a lady [complete] three in a week and drop 10 pounds. I had another do two a week for a month ,and she didn’t really workout; she lost 19 inches in one month.”

She’s also had clients suffering from arthritis complete an infrared body wrap and leave with minimal to no pain.

Keep your eyes peeled

When looking for a facility that offers the infrared body wrap or any spa services, Roberts recommends ensuring that the facility is clean and sanitary and that you are comfortable discussing any fears and medical or personal concerns with the person wrapping you.

“We wipe the bed and the silicone pads down with sanitizer,” Roberts says. “We use a fresh sheet and a blanket to cover you with every single session. We are also a women’s only facility to ensure that our members are comfortable discussing any issues that may affect their health.”

Proceed with caution

There are certain people who should not get an infrared body wrap; this includes pregnant women, type one diabetics or diabetics taking insulin, or people with diseases such as multiple sclerosis because heat exacerbates the symptoms.

The client must take out any piercings between the knees and the breasts prior to the wrap. Roberts also cautions against using the machine if you have metal screws, rods, plates or implants for joints.

“We want people to be cautious if they have metal implants, there are certain titanium alloys that don’t heat up,” Roberts says. “Just check with your doctor first, because once the metal heats up there’s no cooling it down quick.”

At Luna Fitness, infrared body wraps are $75 for non-members; gym members are eligible to receive specials and discounts, and occasionally you’ll find a Groupon for the wraps as well.

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For more information about the infrared body wraps found at Luna Fitness:

Luna Fitness
975 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe
(480) 522-2490



Pros and Cons of Infrared Body Wraps


  • Burn up to 1,400 calories in just one treatment
  • Cellular detoxification
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Reduce muscle stiffness
  • Lose inches, weight, cellulite


  • You can’t receive the wrap if you have the following medical conditions:
  1. Type 1 diabetes
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Multiple sclerosis
  4. Metal implants (please check with your doctor)
  • You cannot receive more than one laser treatment in a day, which includes tanning and laser hair removal. This can produce skin burns. Separate the treatments by a day.
  • Don’t think you can beat the system by receiving an infrared body wrap at one facility and then get another at another facility. This is hazardous to your health and ultimately can cook your insides.
  • Hydrate yourself prior. This depends on your current diet and exercise regimen. You may see results after the second treatment rather than immediately after the first.
  • Though you don’t have to regularly exercise or stick to a specific diet to see results, doing so will improve your chances of maintaining the results after the body wrap.

Source: Skye Roberts, owner of Tempe-based Luna Fitness

What It Did For Me:

We’ve all heard of those body wraps where you take your clothes off; they smear a paste on your skin and wrap you up in bandages so you look like a mummy. I declined at bearing all to a salon attendant who didn’t even know my name, but I agreed to try the infrared body wrap because I was able to leave my clothes on during the wrap and read my book without getting detoxifying mineral clay all over it.

Before the body wrap, I filled out health and liability forms, then was weighed and measured to gauge the results of the infrared wrap on my body. I had the option to watch a DVD, read my book or fall asleep, and with the warmth of the wrap I was dozing off in minutes.

All wrapped up in the silicone heating pads and blankets, I was warm, comfortable and relaxed. The small fan on the table kept my face cool and sweat free while the rest of my body was becoming drenched. After the wrap, my skin felt firmer, and overall I felt revitalized; I couldn’t wait to know my results!

I did interval training on the elliptical machine for 20 minutes post wrap, and then I was weighed and measured. I was shocked when I got on the scale and gained a pound! The trainer said if I weighed and measured myself the next day I would see a difference.

Sure enough, the next day I weighed in and lost three pounds (this included the post-wrap pound I gained). Then I measured my waist, hips and thighs and lost a total of four inches. Combining a regular workout and healthy diet with the infrared wrap would supplement and most likely improve the results.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012


Media-Influenced Weight Loss, Nutrition: Make Informed Decisions

“I really don’t eat that badly.” If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that, I’d be retired. If you’re seeking advice on nutrition there’s something about your body you want to change that your current eating habits are not satisfying.

Your nutrition

What is the basis for your nutritional guidelines? Are you following food industry principles and sponsored studies or independent PhD research? Most of the reliable information isn’t new; it has just been overshadowed by business propaganda.


According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, obesity in the U.S. has increased dramatically since 1985; currently one-third of adults are in this category. And the 1980 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans supported a major shift to double the recommended servings of carbohydrates, including starches, whole and enriched grains, as well as a greater reduction in fats. The effort was to reduce the risk of chronic diseases ― but it’s not working. 
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer percentages are all on the rise. Furthermore, food is big business, and all major industries have lobbyists influencing government agencies. As food companies’ profits expand, so does your waistline. So whose standards are you following?

More Confusion

Spend this weekend counting how many ads you view in any media for diet/nutrition programs. Now, think back through the last 10 years. Atkins®, Sugar Busters®, Zone®, South Beach®, Weight Watchers®, Nutrisystem®, etc. Which one is the best?

All are based on reasonable medical facts. Try any one and follow the program strictly, no exceptions, and you will lose weight. And then what? Whether it’s because you reach your goal weight or quit during the program, they are all banking on the fact that you will stop.

They are all companies seeking profits, and they have statistics predicting when you will gain the weight back and return to the program or try another one. It’s a vicious cycle that wreaks havoc on your body physically, mentally and emotionally.

What do I do?

Stop focusing on weight loss. This is a short-term goal with little concern for more important factors. Reducing your total body weight doesn’t improve your body. Focus your efforts on improving your overall health ― blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, sleeping better, sustained energy, elevated mood, mental clarity, and so on. The side effect? Long-term fat loss; you won’t be merely losing weight, but losing fat. Remember, it’s possible to stay the same weight while also lowering body fat.

Try this logic. Would Mother Nature provide anything to deliberately harm you? Is she focused on profit? All-natural means you can chase it, pull it out of the water, dig it out of the ground, or pick it off of a plant. Then you can eat it as is (or with minimal cooking because we’re not cavemen anymore).

Ever try Natural Cheetos? Tell me where I can find the Cheetos tree so I can pick a fresh bag. Remember that on your next trip to the grocery store. There are programs such as Paleo or Gluten-free living that are a bit extreme, but they do teach you to make better selections.

Nothing worthwhile is easy

Remember why and how badly you want this. It takes effort, discipline and desire. If it was easy everyone would look and feel great!

Educate yourself to make proper choices for your body and your lifestyle. Are you expected to maintain these choices all the time? Yes! That’s what a lifestyle change means ― for the rest of your life.

And although clean eating can put more demands on your budget, ask yourself this: would you rather spend now on better food or later on increased medical bills?

Luci's Marketplace - Exterior

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace Offers Local, Organic, Natural Products

As most people know, exercise plays a crucial role in weight loss, but even more important is eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Eating healthy and completely changing the way you go about your day can appear to be somewhat of a daunting task, however if done right, it can prove to be extremely rewarding — especially when you slip into that new bathing suit with ease.  The first step to healthy eating begins with knowing where to shop.  Luci's Market Shelves

The Valley’s own local market, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, is a health food grocer and eatery located in Central Phoenix that caters to those who wish to not only eat well, but live a healthy lifestyle.

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a neighborhood market that features organic and natural products from quality local and regional purveyors. Many of the food products sold do not contain preservatives and are even gluten-free.  The owners of Luci’s, Ken and Lucia Schnitzer, opened the market in 2008 after Luci’s successful battle with breast cancer inspired them to live a healthier lifestyle.

In addition to the market, Luci’s has a full coffee bar and restaurant, providing freshly brewed organic coffee and many different types of teas and healthy beverages.  For hectic mornings when preparing a nutritional breakfast is nearly impossible, Luci’s is a great alternative with their freshly cooked breakfast meals that are served all day and, for the health conscious, substitutions of egg whites, gluten-free bread and vegan cheese are available.

Luci’s lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps to name a few.  The “Humm-Dinger Vegan Wrap” is the ultimate healthy substitute that includes roasted artichokes, zucchini, red bell peppers, onions, fresh spinach and hummus with a touch of light balsamic dressing.

If you are in a rush, the grab-n-go soups, sandwiches, and salads make Luci's Marketplaceeating healthy during the busy work week convenient and quick.  Eating better doesn’t have to make a dent in your pocket as nothing on Luci’s extensive menu is over the price of $9.99.

According to Luci’s, healthy eating is a significant part of a balanced life.  Whether you are trying to change your lifestyle completely or just slim down for the summer, it can be beneficial to incorporate organic health foods into your diet. Exercise alone does not work miracles on your body; what you put into it is what matters the most.

Grocery shopping and planning your meals ahead of time is an essential part of a new diet, as you will find it much easier to eat healthy if those foods are on hand and available to eat.  Knowing that you have fresh, organic food in the pantry may diminish that urge to pick up fast-food.

If you are unsure of how to prepare healthy meals, Luci’s has you covered.  They offer cooking classes every Sunday evening with experienced chefs that specialize in cooking quality meals for the whole family. Their popular “Cooking for Health and Weight-Loss” class gives you additional insight and tips on how to shop and cook on a diet.  Private classes are also available.

Most of us know that beginning a new diet can be tricky, but Luci’s Healthy Marketplace has the natural products and services to facilitate a healthy and balanced lifestyle that will get you looking fabulous all year long.

For more information on Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, please visit Luci’s Healthy Marketplace’s website or call (602) 773-1339.