Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute | August 12, 2020
COVID-19 & New Wellness Habits: The Boom in Cycling
All GWI White Papers on “Resetting the World with Wellness” Available Now
We Need to Tackle Indoor Air Ventilation Now
Study: Intermittent Fasting Cuts 550 Calories a Day
Webinar: What Will Workplace Wellness Look Like in the Future?
Must-Reads from the Wellness World
We’ve lived through the pandemic for 4-6 months, enough time where new habits become firmly entrenched. Malleret argues that “habit formation” will be an important part of the economic story for COVID-19, and it bodes well for sectors of the wellness industry. Just one example: the boom in cycling.
GWI’s eight white papers on “Resetting the World with Wellness” are now available as one compendium. The series forecasts how the concept of wellness could transform most aspects of human life post-COVID and looks at how wellness could impact everything from our built environment to workplaces to nutrition and travel. Access all eight, combined reports here.
An important new article from the Atlantic asks: How is it, six months into a respiratory pandemic, that the world has done so little to reduce indoor airborne transmission? Why do we have so little guidance on how to improve the air we breathe?
There are two key strategies to counter virus-laden aerosols indoors: 1) Dilute viral particles’ presence by exchanging air in the room with air from outside (lowering the dose, which lowers the possibility and the severity of infection) or 2) Remove viral particles from the air with effective filters (upgraded filters in HVAC systems or with portable HEPA filters).
We need to think beyond “hygiene theater”—constantly deep cleaning everything—and focus intensely on indoor ventilation…now.
A new study randomized obese men and women into three groups: those who ate an unrestricted amount of calories from 1–7 PM, those who ate unrestricted calories from 3–7 PM, and a control group that ate anything at any time of day. Both groups that practiced time-restricted fasting consumed, on average, 550 fewer calories each day and lost 3% of their body weight while seeing significant reductions in insulin resistance and oxidative stress (so, reduced risk for diabetes). The researchers noted how significant the impact of intermittent fasting was and how simple: All you have to do is watch the clock.
Part III of the GWI Wellness at Work Initiative’s Zoom series “Leading in the Next Normal” is next Thursday. Experts will discuss how, in the wake of COVID-19, workplace wellness strategies will change—and how the successful companies of the future will think far beyond the “program.”
The discussion will be led by Tammy Gutierrez, MD, board-certified family medicine doctor and functional medicine practitioner; Grant Gamble, business leader and author of The Affinity Principal; Gloria Treister, HHP, founder Wellness Evolution and author of Wellness 101: A Guide to Healthy Living; and John Toomey, CEO, Wide Awake Wellness and vice chair of the GWI Initiative.
RSVP here to join this Zoom call on Thursday, August 20, from 9:30–10:30 AM EDT .
Access previous GWI Initiative Zoom calls.
China’s Wellness Surge Pushed into High Gear by Pandemic–Glossy, July 28, 2020
The Death of the City–Politico, August 3, 202
Struggling Tourist Destinations Pitch Themselves to New Digital Nomads...–SKIFT, Aug. 5, 2020
Forget Spas and Bars. Hotels Tout Housekeeping to Lure Back...–New York Times, Aug. 4, 2020
A Striking Stat:
Americans Report Highest Levels of Stress, Norwegians Lowest, during COVID-19
A global survey of 10 wealthy nations found that during COVID-19, Americans were the most likely to report (33%) “great stress, anxiety or sadness that was difficult to cope with.” The next most stressed nations: Canada (26%) and the UK (26%). Norway reported the lowest stress and sadness levels, at 10%.
Source: Commonwealth Fund survey, May 2020