ISA Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Grants to 40 Nonprofits

The ISA Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.2 million to 40 U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. 

Formerly known as the Isagenix Legacy Foundation, the ISA Foundation has now given grants totaling more than $1.8 million to 51 recipients based in the United States since its launch in 2018.

The 40 new grants were awarded to nonprofits that align with the ISA Foundation’s mission to provide healthy nutrition and support for underserved children, wellness education for all, and aid for those affected by natural disasters. The grants were announced at last week’s Global Celebration 2019 event hosted by Isagenix International, the global health and wellness company that operates the ISA Foundation.

“The nonprofit community is a powerful force for good, so it’s a privilege to partner with these amazing grant recipients,” said Erik Coover, senior vice president of international marketing and culture at Isagenix International. “We’ve already heard incredible stories from the organizations we funded in January, from granting wishes to children with critical illnesses to providing food and support to at-risk orphans.”

The grants awarded in January were the foundation’s first and totaled $665,400.

In addition to announcing the latest grant recipients at Global Celebration, Isagenix leaders issued a call for donations. Isagenix customers, independent distributors and employees helped the ISA Foundation raised $500,000 in pledges and donations. One hundred percent of the donations will fund grants, as Isagenix covers all of the foundation’s administrative costs.

The 40 grants announced at Global Celebration range from $2,500 to $100,000. Six nonprofits are receiving $100,000 grants: Airline Ambassadors International; Compassion International Inc.; Make-A-Wish®; SERV International; Unstoppable Foundation; and Urban Impact Foundation.

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Five New U.S. Finalists Named in IsaBody Challenge To Compete for $25,000

Isagenix International, a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions, has announced its second round of U.S. finalists for its annual total-body transformation program, the IsaBody Challenge®.

The five second-round finalists are Chris Robinson of Waxhaw, North Carolina; Kristyn Koegel of Mebane, North Carolina; Becky Sanow of Elkhorn, Nebraska; Reginald Jackson of Dumfries, Virginia; and Sarah Keepers of Eugene, Oregon. These individuals were selected out of the thousands of people across the United States who completed the IsaBody Challenge during the most recent Judging Period.

The first Judging Period also resulted in five finalists, announced in early June. The 10 finalists named so far have won a $3,000 prize and the chance to compete for the grand prize of $25,000 or the runner-up prize of $10,000. Finalists also receive a $200 product coupon, a photo shoot, an all-expenses-paid trip to the IsaBody™ Escape for themselves and a guest, and other prizes to recognize their achievements.

Each finalist — including a third round of finalists announced later this year — will be introduced onstage at the New Year Kick Off 2020 event in January in Phoenix, Arizona, in front of nearly 5,000 attendees. The grand prize winner and runner-up will be announced at this inspiring event. The IsaBody Challenge and New Year Kick Off are both hosted by Isagenix.

“Our most recent U.S. finalists have showed impressive dedication to making their health and wellness goals a reality. Their hard work has inspired not only their families and loved ones but also everyone at Isagenix,” said Travis Ogden, chief executive officer of Isagenix. “We’re thrilled our exceptional nutrition solutions served as a foundation for their success, and we wish them the best as they prepare to compete for the grand prize in January.”

Meet the Finalists

Chris Robinson, North Carolina

Age: 47

Total Challenges Completed: 1

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 20 pounds*

After an injury ended his seven-year career in the New York City Fire Department, Chris was frustrated at his inability to get his youthful body back. Add to that the stress of life — unexpectedly losing his mom, moving from New York to North Carolina, and getting the surprise of baby No. 4 — and Chris was not where he wanted to be, mentally or physically. He knew he needed to do something, and the IsaBody Challenge helped him change not only his physique but also his mindset.

Kristyn Koegel, North Carolina

Age: 40

Total Challenges Completed: 5

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 21 pounds*

As a single mom, Kristyn usually had custody of her sons half of the time, but after she and her husband decided it would be best for her to have them full time, her health and fitness journey was put on a roller coaster. To be there for her kids, Kristyn had to cut her gym time in half, but luckily, she took the opportunity to focus on her nutrition. She started listening to her own coaching and advice, and once she put her words into action, it was a game changer. She has lost and kept off more than 20 pounds.

Becky Sanow, Nebraska

Age: 43

Total Challenges Completed: 8

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 10 pounds*

At 25, Becky was living her dream playing professional soccer. But after five knee surgeries, her career came to an end. For the next five years, she coached collegiate soccer and stayed as active as she could, but that led to a sixth surgery and her doctor telling her she was partially disabled. She could not do any heavy lifting, run, or be extremely active unless she wanted a knee replacement by 40. Becky lived by those rules with constant discomfort in her body, but after being introduced to Isagenix, she started dreaming again. Now, she’s using the Isagenix products and this Challenge to stay in shape between her physique competitions.

Reginald Jackson, Virginia

Age: 56

Total Challenges Completed: 4

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 6 pounds*

With the help of his Isagenix mentors and support from past IsaBody Finalists, Reginald has finally been able to make the connection between what he already knew about business and sharing Isagenix as an independent distributor. He’s now showing others how they can change their lives with nutrition — motivating, inspiring, and challenging them to become better and greater versions of themselves.

Sarah Keepers, Oregon

Age: 37

Total Challenges Completed: 8

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 21 pounds*

Sarah has struggled almost all her life with her weight and body image, always comparing herself to models in magazines. She had a difficult relationship with food, and her mind was consumed with how she looked. While she’s not completely over that, she can say with confidence that she is so much better today than when she started. Now, her goal is to be healthy, fit, and strong, and the IsaBody Challenge is what holds her accountable.

To read more about the finalists and see their before and after photos, visit the Isagenix blog. To learn more about Isagenix, visit the Newsroom, like the company on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram.

*Weight loss, muscle gain, lifestyle, and other results depicted here reflect exceptional individual experiences of Isagenix customers and should not be construed as typical or average. Results vary with individual effort, body composition, eating patterns, time, exercise, and other factors, such as genetic and physiological makeup. A two-phase 2016 study published by researchers at Skidmore College showed an average weight loss of 24 pounds after 12 weeks. The study evaluated the use of Isagenix products in men and women for weight loss followed by weight maintenance. During the weight maintenance phase, the subjects who continued the calorie-controlled program using Isagenix products better maintained their weight loss in comparison to those who transitioned to a traditional diet after 52 weeks.

 

About the IsaBody Challenge

The IsaBody Challenge is a 16-week contest that rewards participants for their total-body and life transformations. Participants are judged on their before and after photos as well as their personal essays describing their journeys. The contest looks for the most inspirational and motivational stories about how participants have made healthy body and life transformations. The IsaBody Challenge is open to all Isagenix customers and members over the age of 18 in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. For more information, visit the IsaBody Challenge page.

About Isagenix International

Established in 2002, Isagenix provides systems for weight loss, performance, vitality and well-being, personal care and beauty, and financial wellness​. With half a million customers worldwide and more than 100 life-changing products, packs, and systems globally, the company is committed to producing Solutions to Transform Lives™. Isagenix shares its products and solutions through a network of independent distributors in 18 markets: the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. Isagenix is a privately owned company with headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit Isagenix.com​.

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This Woman Says Losing 76 Lbs. Helped Her Become a Better Mom

At nearly 200 lbs., California native Jennifer Riveira says she was unhappy, unhealthy and unable to be.

“My marriage was at an all-time low,” the mom of two, 45, tells PEOPLE. “My husband and I weren’t getting along because frankly, I made it really hard to love me because I stopped loving myself.”

When her now 13-year-old son Brandon asked her to play outside or ride bikes, Riveira had to say no because she simply didn’t have the energy. “I was overweight and I was tired,” she recalls. “My son said I yelled from the time I got up in the morning until the time I went to bed at night.”

Riveira made excuses for her poor health and weight gain, eventually scheduling a doctor’s appointment in March 2017 because she was convinced something was medically wrong with her. Expecting a thyroid-related diagnosis, what she got instead was a major wake up call: “My doctor said, ‘Your tests all came back fine. But what we really need to look at is what are you eating.’ “

Not ready to confront the root of the problem, Riveira continued telling herself that her busy schedule, which consisted of shuffling Brandon to and from sports practices and tournaments, didn’t allow for healthy eating.

From left, sons Jonathon, 24, and Brandon, 13, with Riveira

“In reality, I had just given up on myself,” she tells PEOPLE. “Everybody became more important than I did and fast-food became my way of life. It was fast. It was easy.”

Then, about two years ago, Riveira was scrolling through social media when a friend’s weight loss post jumped out at her.

“She had posted that she was able to be on the floor and play with her son,” Riveira says. “I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, I just want that.’ I reached out to her and asked her what she was doing.”

The woman told Riveira that Isagenix — a dietary supplement brand that offers meal replacement shakes — was the key to her success. Riveira tells PEOPLE: “I remember thinking, ‘I’m going all in. What do I have to lose?’”

JENNIFER RIVEIRA

Today, at 115 lbs., Riveira is a full-time health and wellness coach, a hands-on mom, an avid yogi and an Isagenix advocate. “There hasn’t been one day in two-and-a-half years that I haven’t had a shake,” she says. “I know it’s a lifestyle because I’m not even tempted. My body craves those minerals and vitamins the shakes give me.”

She was recently named the grand prize winner of the 2019 IsaBody Challenge and received $25,000 for her inspiring weight loss journey, which she says is about much more than the physical transformation.

“The challenge itself is to feel better about yourself, to be the best version of you, whoever you are,” Riveira says.

One of the most unforgettable moments in Riveira’s journey came a few months ago when she asked Brandon to describe her in three words as part of a personal development exercise.

“He said: dedicated, loving, and inspiring,” she recalls. “It’s about so much more than just the weight loss — I have a happy healthy 13-year-old who now sees what good nutrition can do for you. That means the world to me.”

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