Herbalife appoints first Filipino Doctor in Nutrition Advisory Board
Herbalife has appointed Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte, an expert in pediatric neurology, as the first Filipino in the prestigious Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) effective January 1, 2016.
The Herbalife NAB is comprised of leading experts from around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who inform, educate and train Independent Herbalife Members on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.
Samonte’s appointment further strengthens the Herbalife NAB members to 30. His addition also reflects further expansion of nutrition and health experts from Asia Pacific in the NAB, who will play a central role in raising public awareness and leading educational programs on balanced nutrition and healthy active lifestyle in 15 countries across the region as part of Herbalife’s Asia Pacific Wellness Tour initiative.
Samonte is among the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology. He graduated from De La Salle University College of Medicine in 1995, and has since studied at institutes including John Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School, USA. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, Kentucky, and his affiliations include the Philippines Medical Association.
In tandem with his distinguished career in medicine, Samonte is active in supporting charities, notably through being a member of the Board of Directors of Community Based Resources in Zambales.
Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board
The board is chaired by David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)*, who was recently in Manila for Herbalife’s fourth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour, which included an obesity seminar given to Filipino medical practitioners. Other members of the NAB include Dr. Lou Ignarro, a Nobel** laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of nitric oxide’s health benefits; Dr. Gary Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, who has received numerous awards and honors, including the “Senior Investigator Award” from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and through a network of Independent Herbalife Members. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife’s website contains financial and other information about the company atwww.herbalife.com.