Must-Reads from the Wellness World

From Gene Editing to AI – How Will Technology Transform Humanity? – The New York Times Magazine, November 18, 2018 The most fundamental questions…Will we engineer our children and ourselves? Will AI transform medicine? Will we know too much? Will we live longer and happier?…are addressed from a rich variety of perspectives. How Cities Can Fix Tourism Hell – TechCrunch, November 17, 2018 Cities are…

Yoga and Meditation Surging with American Adults…and Kids

A new report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that the number of Americans practicing yoga and meditation is booming. Fifty percent more adults are doing yoga now than in 2012 while meditators have grown over 300 percent. The surprise: These gains pale in comparison with the increases among kids and teens. The study…

Trend Watch: Speed at Which Big Tech Is Entering the Beauty Space

By Thierry Malleret, economist The Big Tech companies, such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, are now using data and augmented reality to enter the retail beauty market, aiming to disrupt the bricks-and-mortar stores that currently dominate this massive industry. What’s happening? Amazon already owns 20 percent of the online retail beauty market but is aiming to expand further with the recent launch of a line…

Eco-Anxiety: The Rising Psychological Toll of Climate Change

MONTHLY BAROMETER The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the current state of climate makes for grim reading. Its overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters; and that if we want to limit global warming to 1.5˚ C (2.7˚ F) in the hope of averting catastrophe, we have as little as 12 years to act, which requires…

Study: Sleep, Exercise and Limits on Screen Time Boost Kids’ Brainpower

A new study from Canada’s Healthy Active Living & Obesity Research Group found that 9–11 hours of sleep a night, one hour of exercise, and a limit of fewer than two hours a day of recreational time in front of screens were associated with significantly higher mental test scores for children (from memory to language skills to the ability to plan). READ THE STUDY

GWI Launches Healthy Aging Initiative

The Global Wellness Institute has just launched a Healthy Aging Initiative with the mission of inspiring significant improvements in the way people around the world age—and delivering change to people’s quality of life and death by practical means. The co-chairs are Amy McDonald, owner of the consultancy Under a Tree, and Liz Terry, CEO of Leisure Media & Well Media. Read more about this important…