July’s Wellness Moonshot: LISTEN

During the past months, listening has taken on a more urgent meaning: The world has been asked to finally listen to those demanding racial and social justice. The capacity to listen (to actually pay attention, to hear both what’s said and unsaid) is the path to actual human connection and a crucial trait of successful leaders—but an amazing assortment of cognitive biases often get in…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

5 ways to diversify the wellness industry – NBC News, June 24, 2020 Nutritionist Maya Feller explains how, “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that racism, not race, is an underlying risk factor for poor health outcomes…That’s why my industry, the wellness industry, matters so much right now.” She discusses the dramatic lack of representation of black people in wellness and suggests five ways…

Wellness Evidence Study: Poor Sleep Increases Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke & Atherosclerosis

A major new study (1,600 participants) from the University of California Berkeley un-riddles why disrupted nightly sleep and clogged arteries are pathologically intertwined. It’s the first study to show that fragmented sleep is associated with a unique pathway—chronic circulating inflammation throughout the bloodstream—which, in turn, is linked to higher amounts of plaques in coronary arteries that can result in fatal heart disease. ACCESS STUDY

New GWI White Paper: Food as Nourishment for Body, Mind & Spirit

The GWI has released a new white paper as part of its series on how wellness concepts could positively “reset the world” post-COVID-19. “Food as Nourishment for Body, Mind and Spirit” takes a sobering look at how the current global food crisis extends from hunger to widespread malnutrition—and how the world’s poor eating habits are destroying our physical, mental and cultural health. Provides strategies (for individuals,…

Q&A, Amaya Weddle, Mindbody: The Future of Fitness/Wellness Studios & Spas

The GWI just released a “Wellness in the Age of COVID-19” Q&A with Amaya Becvar Weddle, PhD and VP, Research & Product Marketing, Mindbody, a leading tech platform for the wellness industry. Her research team has been undertaking important surveys on how the pandemic is changing wellness businesses and consumers. Weddle discusses: How profound the shift to digital fitness and wellness has been during the…

Women-Led, Smaller, and Non-Populist Nations Are Winning at Beating Coronavirus

There are zillions of reasons why some countries have (so far) successfully dealt with the pandemic, while others have not. These causal elements are so intricate and interdependent that they cannot be disentangled from each other, but for the sake of shedding some light on this, let us offer three intriguing, emerging correlations underlying relative success. They may seem simplistic, but they say something and…