TROY, Mich., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViSalus, the company that has helped millions of people improve their health and fitness through the Body By Vi Challenge™, celebrated on April 15th as its subsidiary, Vi (UK) Limited ("Vi UK"), began shipping the first Vi products and systems in the United Kingdom, the third most obese nation in the world. The completion of this first phase of an official three-phased pre-launch into the company's first European market is an important first step in the company's global expansion and critical to its mission of fighting obesity.
"Our fight to end obesity worldwide is just beginning," said Ryan Blair, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ViSalus. "Obesity is a global epidemic that we will fight one person at a time, one nation at a time. In the UK alone, one in four adults is obese and almost 60% of the population is battling weight and fitness issues. We're honored to bring the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge to the UK to help fight and impact the obesity epidemic."
ViSalus Co-Founder and Global Ambassador, Nick Sarnicola, added, "We've experienced excellent momentum across the UK during pre-enrollment. The Challenge is proving to be as exciting and compelling of a personal health platform in the UK as it is in North America."
"The April 15th celebration was led by the more than 3,000 founding Promoters and customers of Vi UK who joined The Challenge during this time frame," noted Blake Mallen, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. The pre-launch phase began March 23rd.
The remaining phases of the Vi UK pre-launch are as follows:
April 15 -- June 7, 2013:
Introduction of the UK-designed Challenge Magazine, Challenge Journal and other business building materials.
June 8--9, 2013:
Vi UK Pre-Launch Event: Vi UK Founding Promoters will join ViSalus founders, Ryan Blair, Blake Mallen and Nick Sarnicola, as well as top leaders from North America and the United Kingdom at this two-day pre-launch training and celebration event in Birmingham, England. In addition to learning from the ViSalus founders, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from five top company ambassadors, master the Vi model, and learn how to qualify for a BMW, as well as other key strategies.
July 19--21, 2013:
Vitality 2013: Vi UK Promoters are invited to join their North American counterparts in Orlando, Florida for Vitality, ViSalus's annual international celebration of Life, Health and Prosperity.
About ViSalus and Vi UK
ViSalus is a healthy lifestyle company that develops premium weight-management products, nutritional supplements and energy drinks that it markets and sells direct-to-consumers through an international sales force of independent promoters. ViSalus brand products are promoted in North America, and Vi products in the United Kingdom, through the Body by Vi Challenge™, a 90-day health and lifestyle journey that encourages personal victories and entrepreneurship while helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Sales of ViSalus products in North America, and Vi products in the United Kingdom, are also facilitated by leveraging social media and the internet through ViSalus's Vi-Net® proprietary technology platform, including the Vi-Net® mobile application. ViSalus is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and Troy, Michigan and is majority-owned by Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH). For more information about ViSalus visit vi.com, and follow the Vi-Community on Facebook and Twitter.
Vi UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of ViSalus dedicated to the marketing and sale of Vi products in the United Kingdom.
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