By Lani Hansen, Senior Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– If you are interested in living a healthy lifestyle, Elevate Nutrition serves Herbalife shakes and teas.
Elevate Nutrition started a few years ago by Muscogee (Creek) citizen Randy July, and recently went under new management by MCN citizen Lance Saldivor. Elevate Nutrition promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages nutritional healthy habits. Saldivor is from Sapulpa, and has been connected with Herbalife for three years.
“I started off in Sapulpa with my mom,” Saldivor said about working with Herbalife. “I started from the bottom selling to friends, cousins and anybody I could give it too. Eventually I started helping with running shops, the main one was Sapulpa’s.”
When Saldivor heard about Okmulgee’s Elevate Nutrition shop being up for sale about three months ago, he passed up two other shops to manage this one. When he began at Elevate, Saldivor had no idea how the business would be at first. He said taking over a business was scary for him, but he knew people from the Nation, the college and Okmulgee so he felt comfortable coming in.
Business for him started out slow and he came in working long hours. Since the purchase of the shop Saldivor had to fulfill a reputation of earning people’s trust.
“Once I showed consistency with my hours and kept products fully stocked, the business has been growing week by week,” Saldivor said.
One of Saldivor’s main personal goals is to get to the point where he can pass down the shop to one of his potential distributors. As far as business goals, he wants to reach out to the community as much as he can.
“One of the reasons I chose Okmulgee is Native Americans are very prone to diabetes,” Saldivor said about the business. “If I could save someone from drinking a Dr.Pepper and drink one of my teas, then I feel like I accomplished something.”
Two of Saldivor’s favorite shakes are banana-caramel and chocolate-caramel-cheesecake. Those two shakes remind him that they are not just protein shakes. His favorite tea would have to be blackberry-lemonade.
Saldivor never saw himself becoming a nutrition business owner. He joined Herbalife three years ago because he had hit a rough patch in his life. He learned about Herbalife from his mom, knowing she went through the program and it brought her good results.
“Herbalife is more than just a product, you become a member or a distributor. It’s like a second family,” Saldivor said. “When I seen how my mom was successful, I knew I could do it. I started as a distributor.”
The Herbalife group that Saldivor is part of has nutrition shops in Sapulpa, Jenks, Kiefer and Okmulgee’s Elevate Nutrition.
Elevate Nutrition is open Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Elevate Nutrition is located at 118 N Mission Ln, Okmulgee, OK.