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Authored by Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works Group, and member of the GWI Advisory Board We live in an age where non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes, are the primary global health problem, accounting for a colossal 7 out of 10 deaths, shorter lifespans, and reduced quality of life. Diet is one of the leading risk factors for NCDs worldwide. So…

Eight Global Wellness Trends and How They Will Impact the Future of Fitness

Eight Global Wellness Trends and How They Will Impact the Future of Fitness  By Susie Ellis, CEO of the Global Wellness Institute  The pandemic has sparked profound shifts in what consumers perceive as “true wellness” – what they want, need and expect has fundamentally changed. I recently spoke at IHRSA 2022 Miami sharing 8 of our 2022 Global Wellness Trends and the way they may impact…

MUST-READS FROM THE WELLNESS WORLD ( Week of June 15th, 2022)

The vagus nerve influences nearly every internal organ. Can it improve our mental state, too? – The New York Times, June 2, 2022 The vagus nerve has become an object of fascination, especially on social media (TikTok videos with the hashtag “#vagusnerve” have been viewed more than 64 million times). The vagal nerve fibers, which run all the way from the brain to the abdomen, have…

“Groove Music” Significantly Increases Cognitive Abilities and Executive Function

A new study from Japanese researchers published in Scientific Reports found that listening to music with a groove (music that causes the sensation of wanting to move to the rhythm/beat) can significantly increase measures of executive function. This first study of its kind used both brain imaging and measured individual psychological responses to “groove music” and found that music with a groovy beat impacted cognitive…

The “Wellness Divide” between Low- and High-Income Countries Will Further Sharpen

The “Wellness Divide” between Low- and High-Income Countries Will Further Sharpen  By Thierry Malleret, economist As the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, just put it: the global economy is facing “a confluence of calamities.” The three main engines that drive it are sputtering simultaneously. In the European Union, because of the war and the supply shock inflicted by commodity prices; in China, because…

Looking Beyond COVID: The Shifts Ahead in the Physical Activity and Fitness Markets

Looking Beyond COVID: The Shifts Ahead in the Physical Activity and Fitness Markets  The GWI’s most recent research report on the global wellness economy includes a complete update on the six-sector physical activity market: fitness ($77 billion), sports and active recreation ($200 billion), mindful movement ($30 billion), fitness technology ($49.5 billion), sports and fitness equipment ($105 billion), and sports apparel and footwear ($293 billion). It…