Residents and families looking to live healthier lifestyles may have another outlet in the area with the opening of Smyrna Health & Nutrition in the Smyrna Mart shopping center off of Glenwood Avenue.

The company sells Herbalife products, which is a global nutrition company. Herbalife is typically a product sold by independent contractors but Clayton man Joe Thuet decided to open a nutrition club in town to sell the product after selling it out of his home for several years. Smyrna Health & Nutrition opened at the end of November.

Thuet is a state police officer with the department's aviation unit.

He started selling Herbalife after seeing his own personal results while using the product. He wanted to open up location so he could better help residents in the area.

"I like working with people," he said. "I wanted to get the business out in the public and help people feel better."

When customers first walk into Smyrna Health & Nutrition, they're offered a complimentary meal replacement shake, a herbal tea and a herbal aloe to help digestive health; this will then be a $6 meal deal the next time a person comes in. Then Thuet said the coaches will call the person as a follow up to see how they're doing.

The Herbalife products, Thuet said, can help people in many ways whether it's to lose weight, gain weight, or for a medical reason. The program consists of two meal replacement shakes and a sensible meal each day. The Herbalife programs also include snacks, nutritional supplements, and more.

Smyrna Health & Nutrition offers over 40 flavors with the shakes and smoothies. The most popular flavors so far are Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Butterfinger and The Elvis, which is peanut butter and banana. There are also café latte and allergen free flavors.

Thuet said the product is sold in over 80 countries and sponsors world-class athletes. He said that while some people think Herbalife is a scam, especially since the company isn't FDA approved, Herbalife has world-class doctors working for the company. Moreover, Herbalife's Senior Vice President of Global Product Science, Safety and Compliance Vasilios Frankos, M.S., Ph.D. retired from the FDA in 2010 to work for Herbalife.

"Herbalife makes it easy for people because they're not counting calories," Thuet said.

He said the Herbalife program makes a person feel better, which makes them mentally feel better.

"They feed off of the positive results," Thuet said.

The response from the community has been great so far, Thuet said.

"It's been crazy good. I'm really…it chokes me up," he said. "I would've been happy to get 10 people through the door each day, but we've seen over 300 new people since we opened."

It's been so busy that hours were recently reduced from being open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week, to the business closing at 4 p.m. Thuet said this was done so that the coaches can better follow up with their clients.

In the spring, Thuet is hoping to start a crossfit group so people can work out and then come in for a healthy meal.

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