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Global Wellness Institute Announces New Initiative to Support UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 “Good Health & Wellbeing”
Miami, FL – October 31, 2019 – The nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI) today announced the launch of its Supporting UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiative. The initiative 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 and deaths by 2030.
The gap between life expectancy and health expectancy is widening, with millions spending their last 10 years in sickness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), such as heart or respiratory diseases, cancer, stroke and diabetes, claim the lives of about 32 million people each year; that’s about one person dying prematurely from chronic illnesses (or lifestyle disease) every 0.9 seconds.
“As spa/wellness/fitness/hospitality professionals, it is our duty to support preventative actions for our guests, associates and local communities,” said Initiative Chair Jean-Guy de Gabriac, who is also the founder of the successful World Wellness Weekend (Sept. 21–22, 2019). “The Supporting UN 17 SDGs Initiative of the GWI will provide useful information for the other GWI Initiatives and for spa/wellness/fitness/hospitality professionals who want to contribute through (in) their company and/or in their city to the global efforts of helping people live richer, fuller and longer lives.”
The Initiative’s vice chair is Gareth Presch, CEO and founder, World Health Innovation Summit and expert SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing for the United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute. Presch has a unique insight into SDG 3 and will offer key takeaways from events organized by the UNGSII, including the SDG Champions Conference in Finland and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Learn more about GWI’s industry Initiatives here. GWI Initiatives focus on developing projects, research and trend forecasts that impact wellness in a particular market segment or region of the world—all available free of charge to the global wellness community.
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About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry and is known for introducing major industry initiatives and regional events that bring together leaders to chart the future. GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by advocating for both public institutions and businesses that are working to help prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance the overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide.