Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Self-Partnered: The Sudden, Surprising Rise of the Single Positivity Movement – The Guardian, November 6, 2019 This is a new trend largely led by women: More and more people are throwing off outdated stigmas and embracing a happy life on their own, calling it “self-partnered.” An increasing number of “single-positive” people are rejecting the notion that true love is the only path to happiness and…

New GWI Initiative Supports UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 “Good Health & Wellbeing”

The GWI has just announced a new initiative that supports the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiative, and it will focus squarely on goal No. 3, which seeks to eradicate—or significantly improve—the number of people suffering from a wide range of preventable diseases by 2030. The Initiative chair is Jean-Guy de Gabriac, founder of the successful annual World Wellness Weekend; the vice-chair is Gareth…

More Steps Taken in Day = Better Sleep at Night

A new study from Brandeis University showed a strong connection between the simple act of walking and better snoozing: Middle-aged men and women who took about 7,000 steps a day experienced significantly better sleep quality across a variety of measures. ACCESS STUDY

The Middle Class, Wellness & Social Progress Backslide in the US

A recent report from the US Census Bureau highlights the predicament of the US middle class and helps explain the concomitant political fallout. At year-end 2018, the median household income was $63,200. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely above the 1999 level and 135 percent above income levels of 30 years ago (a mere 14 percent in real terms)—this despite the economy growing by almost…

The More Polluted the Air We Breathe, the Less Productive We Become

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION MONTHLY BAROMETER: Some practical take-aways for business and investors from the many sessions on sustainability at the recent Summit of Minds: (1) the pricing of environmental and possibly some societal externalities will become a reality; (2) supply chains will shorten (hyper-localization and sharing platforms will become favored themes); (3) sustainable healthy eating and “locavorism” will gain ground; (4) recycling and…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

  Childhood Obesity Is Rising ‘Shockingly Fast’ — Even in Poor Countries – NPR, October 17, 2019 According to a new global assessment of child malnutrition by UNICEF (the agency’s most comprehensive nutrition report in two decades), high rates of childhood obesity are a big problem in a rising number of low- and middle-income countries. Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research…