MUST-READS FROM THE WELLNESS WORLD

Investing in nature gives industry and business a competitive advantage.–World Economic Forum, September 7, 2021  The case as to why investing in nature is a sensible business proposition is made here. As more and more industry leaders understand that nature and economics are inextricably linked, the next business frontier lies at the intersection of climate change and biodiversity. It will entail: (1) changing the measures of growth,…

‘Air Pollution Inequality’ Has Been Exposed and Worsened by the Pandemic

By Thierry Malleret, economist   The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated a distinct pattern of “air pollution inequity.” In the US, for example, PM2.5 exposure (fine, inhalable particles with serious health consequences) is disproportionately caused by the consumption of goods and services by white Americans but disproportionately inhaled by Black and Hispanic minorities. According to a paper published in 2019 by the US National Academy of Sciences, white Americans benefit from a major “pollution advantage”: They experience 17% less air pollution…

Investors Clearly Betting That Consumers Will Return to the Gym Post-Pandemic

How the pandemic has increased the importance of all kinds of wellness for consumers has been much discussed. For the sake of proving the case of “wellness expansion,” let’s just take fitness—one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic. The major fitness researcher IHRSA reported this summer that during the pandemic, 22% of all fitness facilities globally closed permanently–(and they document the market declines for every global region).   But in large…

Six Trends in Wellness Real Estate & Communities from GWI’s Initiative

Photo: Tri Vananda Biophilic Design Six Trends in Wellness Real Estate & Communities from GWI’s Initiative FROM THINKING PAST BRICKS-AND-MORTAR TO PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY FIRST TO APPLYING WELLNESS TO ANY SIZE REAL ESTATE PROJECT-FROM THE SMALLEST TO THE LARGEST The Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness Communities and Real Estate Initiative has identified six trends that create a framework for how developers and investors can think about…

What Are the Big Trends in Wellness Real Estate and Communities?

What Are the Big Trends in Wellness Real Estate and Communities? It’s on the agenda at the GWI’s Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium By Beth McGroarty, VP Research & Forecasting  We all know—personally, intuitively, and from reports from analysts and researchers—that the pandemic completely transformed the concept, function and value of the home. It became our “everything” (from where we work to workout), and…

Capitalizing on the Demand for “Built-in” Wellness: The Case for Consulting

Capitalizing on the Demand for “Built-in” Wellness: The Case for Consulting By Susie Ellis, Chair & CEO, Global Wellness Institute, US Wellness Real Estate and Communities is a cutting-edge field that has very few existing “experts”. Real estate developers, designers and property operators are sensing the rising consumer demand for wellness services, technology and design integrated into homes, work environments and vacation destinations – and…