Herbalife Launches Third Phase of Casa Herbalife Program with Smile Foundation

1,000 more children across India to receive free nutritional support

L-R, Mrs.Smita Kalappa- VP Resources and Sustainability, Smilefoundation, Ajay Khanna- Vice President & Country Head, Herbalife International India and Saina Nehwal

Bangalore, India, September 3, 2015 – The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by helping charitable organizations provide healthy nutrition to children in need, today announced the launch of the third phase of Casa Herbalife program with Smile Foundation, a national development organization that works for underprivileged children and youth in education, healthcare, livelihoods and women’s empowerment. During the third phase unveiled today in Bangalore, the HFF will extend grants to provide nutritional support to 1,000 children across India, through Smile Foundation’s ‘Mission Education’ program.

The third phase beneficiaries spread across Smile Foundation Mission Education centers, including in the North (New Delhi, Gurgaon in Haryana and Chandigarh), East (Kolkata in West Bengal), West (Baroda in Gujarat and Thane in Maharashtra) and South (Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore in Karnataka). The first and second phases of the program were launched in Mumbai & Chennai in 2011 and 2013, respectively, to cater to 2,000 children in these regions. Overall, the HFF and Smile Foundation joint initiative will benefit 3,000 children in three phases.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Khanna, Vice President and Country Head, Herbalife International India Pvt Ltd said: “Two key factors which play a pivotal role in the growth and development of a child are a healthy body and a healthy mind. The quality of life during childhood will be a defining factor in success as an adult. As a global nutrition company, we advocate the importance of nutrition for a healthy and active life; hence we have strengthened our association with Smile Foundation through this third phase of the program after launching the first and second phases. We are happy that 3,000 children will benefit from this partnership.”

L-R, Mrs.Smita Kalappa- VP Resources and Sustainability, Smilefoundation, Ajay Khanna- Vice President & Country Head, Herbalife International India, Saina Nehwal with the kids from Smile Foundation

Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer Smile Foundation said: “We are happy to continue this relationship into the third phase and we believe that together we can deliver significant benefits to the children. Smile Foundation believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there’s no better place to start than in the corridors of education. More than 200,000 children have directly benefited from Mission Education program since 2002. At present, the program is reaching out to 16,500 children directly through 70 projects in 21 states across India.”

Mission Education is national level program of Smile Foundation which provides education, healthcare and nutrition support to underprivileged children. Smile Foundation believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there’s no better place to start than in the corridors of education. More than 200,000 children have directly benefited from the Mission Education program since 2002. At present, the program is directly reaching out to 16,500 children, through 70 projects in 21 states across India.

Herbalife has associated with leading sports personalities such as Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Heena Sidhu and H.N Girisha to spread the message of healthy and active living coupled with good nutrition, across all age groups in India. To learn more visit Herbalife.com & herbalife.co.in

About Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation reaching out to more than 300,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

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