Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? New Study Has Disappointing Results

In the wellness space, there is always a vexing question: Do corporate workplace wellness programs work as well as we think they do? New research based on the first large randomized controlled trial (much more reliable and useful than the more common observational trials) suggests perhaps not. The study focused on a wellness program at the University of Illinois in which almost 5,000 employees volunteered…

“Global Weirding” Will Have Big Impact on Travel & Wellness Tourism

Over the past few weeks, all-time temperature records have been set around the world. They are consistent with the idea of “global weirding”—extremes becoming the norm. All global issues and risks are intertwined, but in the medium and long-term, climate change is the one that matters more than anything else. Climate change has already ceased to be a distant threat and has become an issue…

Targeting Tween Girls – New Wellness Line Provides Makeover for Puberty

The Business of Wellness A recent article in Fast Company indicates that what could be called “life stage” wellness is on the rise. A new company, Blume, has launched a line of self-care products (from feminine care to skin care) for tween girls to make that often uncomfortable stage in a young woman’s life less so. It has also launched Blume University, a YouTube series…

Study: Regular Sauna-Going Tied to Amazing Array of Health Benefits

  A new review of the medical evidence published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that people who take regular saunas have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and fewer problems with everything from lung disease to mental issues. Depending on the study, those who utilize the sauna more often see their risks of strokes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, or death drop by 37–83 percent,…

GWI’s Next access+INSIGHTS Conversation: Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th US Surgeon General

The Global Wellness Institute’s mission of improving the health of people worldwide is helped by its ambassadors who make a tax-deductible gift to the organization. Ambassadors receive exclusive benefits, including participating in a monthly access+INSIGHTS “Zoominar” led by an expert on a cutting-edge wellness topic. The next virtual conversation (Aug. 29) will be with Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, on…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

  Air Pollution Could Be Responsible for 1 in 7 New Cases of Diabetes – World Economic Forum, July 25, 2018 According to a new study, outdoor air pollution—already a major cause of disease and death globally—contributed to 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in 2016.   How Did Wellness Become Our New Religion? – Quartzy, August 2, 2018 In just a few…