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Amway funds $10M Stanford study on wellness

September 22, 2014
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Amway funds $10M Stanford study on wellness
The Stanford Prevention Research Center is part of the School of Medicine at the private university in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo via

Amway is providing $10 million in unrestricted funds to a top university for a “first-of-its-kind” research study on the impact of dietary and lifestyle habits on wellness and aging.

Ada-based Amway said last week that the Stanford Prevention Research Center is the recipient of the funds through the Amway Nutrilite Health Institute Wellness Fund.

The fund was established to support research and endeavors aimed at advancing global knowledge of nutrition, its role in healthy lifestyles and the science of wellness.

WELL study

The study is titled the “Wellness Living Laboratory,” or WELL, and it aims to identify lifestyle and environmental factors that may help people maintain their health and wellness as they age.

Amway said WELL will be designed, conducted and analyzed by scientists at Stanford Prevention Research Center and be “entirely under the control of Stanford University with no involvement” by Amway to “safeguard investigative independence.”

The "Wellness Living Laboratory" will begin with thousands of volunteers in two locations, Santa Clara County, Calif. and China.

Research is expected to begin in 2015.

Initially, WELL will evaluate factors such as diet and lifestyle that may influence metabolic health and visual signs of aging or cognitive functions, among other wellness components. It will also help discover predictors of health, known as health biomarkers.

A range of health and lifestyle information will be collected from the volunteers and analyzed for at least five years to determine potential impacts that specific interventions may make.

Researchers from the Stanford Prevention Research Center will author a series of scientific publications based on results over the next several years.

Supplementing nutrition

Funding WELL is one of several investments Amway is making to advance the science of wellness.

Last month, Amway released the Global Phytonutrient Report, based on research commissioned by the Nutrilite Health Institute, which revealed that most adults fall short of consuming the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables.

"Nutrilite is focused on helping people 'close the dietary gaps' that 60-87 percent of us experience due to lifestyle, food availability and other factors," said Keith Randolph, Ph.D., nutrition technology strategist at the Nutrilite Health Institute and co-author of the research published in the "British Journal of Nutrition."

Randolph said WELL has the potential to shed light on how diet can influence wellness and aging.

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