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Sports Illustrated Names Team Mannatech Athlete to Top 25 Tough List

Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser one of only two women on list

COPPELL, Texas, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Team Mannatech (Nasdaq: MTEX) athlete Hayley Wickenheiser has been ranked by Sports Illustrated as the 20th-toughest athlete in the world. hletes/

Wickenheiser is one of only two women named to the Top 25 list, which was published on the Sports Illustrated Web site April 1. She keeps good company on the list of "never-say-die" candidates, which ranks golf great Tiger Woods as the toughest athlete and NBA standout Kobe Bryant as 13th. Twenty-nine-year-old Wickenheiser is captain of the Canadian women's hockey team, which captured the silver medal during the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship in Harbin, China, on April 12.

"Mannatech and Team Mannatech are extremely proud to have Hayley on our team," said former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Butch Johnson, Mannatech's senior director of community affairs and sports marketing. "Hayley is a fierce competitor who has been a four-time world champion, a two-time Olympic gold medalist (Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006), a silver Olympic medalist (Nagano 1998) and has been named one of the '100 Most Influential People in Hockey' by The Hockey News."

The Calgary resident was named the MVP in Team Canada's gold medal hockey win during the 2006 Winter Olympics. She is a member of Team Mannatech, a group of international sports figures and athletes who serve as role models for today's wellness generation. These celebrated sports figures and athletes have chosen to achieve and maintain optimal health through the utilization of cutting-edge training techniques, proper nutrition and the use of Mannatech supplements.

Wickenheiser takes an assortment of Mannatech's glyconutritional, antioxidant and vitamin/mineral dietary supplements. Like the other 200 Team Mannatech athletes representing eight countries, Wickenheiser is not paid to consume Mannatech products. The athletes endorse Mannatech products because they believe it helps them achieve and maintain optimal performance. Mannatech products do not contain any of the banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which promotes and monitors the fight against doping in sports.

In its Top 25 tough athletes list, Sports Illustrated said of the 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound Wickenheiser: "No player in women's hockey drives to the net with such purpose and fury. Wickenheiser has grown from teen phenom to grande dame of Canadian hockey, carrying the weight of her country and game every time on the ice."

About Mannatech

Mannatech, Incorporated, is a global wellness solutions provider of innovative, high-quality, proprietary nutritional supplements, topical and skin care products, and weight management products sold through independent associates and members located in the United States and the international markets of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, and Germany.

Please Note: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases or terminology such as "intend" or other similar words or the negative of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Mannatech's objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered forward-looking statements. Mannatech believes this release should be read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Some of these factors include, among others, Mannatech's inability to attract and retain associates and members, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes, and its planned growth into new international markets. Although Mannatech believes that the expectations, statements, and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other filings filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.

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