Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute // April 7, 2021 | View in browser
•  Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider: Pandemic Revelations about Health, Wellness, Death & Dying
•  Charting Your Own Mental Wellness Pathways
•  The Global Baby-Bust Means Aging Populations Will Skyrocket
•  Walk Fast! Two New Studies Reveal Its Power
•  Victor Koo, Chinese Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Tianren Culture, Joins GWI Board
•  Must-Reads from the Wellness World


Q&A: Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider: Pandemic Revelations about Health, Wellness, Death and Dying

The GWI has a new Q&A with Shoshana Ungerleider, MD, an award-winning physician, writer and film producer—and founder of End Well, a platform focused on transforming the end of life into a human-centered experience.
Dr. Ungerleider tackles:

  • What the pandemic has revealed about what most needs fixing in our culture around health, wellness, death and dying
  • Whether there is tension between the “dying well” movement and the wellness world’s obsession with longevity and anti-aging
  • The future of “dying well”—and the eye-opening promise of psychedelics

Read her expert insights here.


The Global Baby-Bust Means Aging Populations Will Skyrocket

By Thierry Malleret, economist 

The sharp global deceleration of population growth is an under-appreciated yet critical phenomenon for long-term investors and business leaders overall—and especially crucial for the future wellness industry. The “baby bust” has been accelerated by the pandemic, where fertility has dropped by 15% in most developed countries. In the next 30 years, the number of people over 65 will double and the populations of developed countries will plummet—with the populations of Japan, Italy, Russia and South Korea dropping—and aging—intensely.



Charting Your Own Mental Wellness Pathways

By Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung, GWI senior research fellows

There are numerous pathways to mental wellness, many of which are known to us but often seem like an impossible to-do list. The GWI report Defining the Mental Wellness Economy charted these pathways in a concise and user-friendly framework: 

Activity & creativity
Growth & nourishment
Rest & rejuvenation
Connection & meaning



Study:  Walk Fast! Two New Studies Reveal Its Power

Two recent studies show the impact that walking speed can have on people’s health. A French study in the British Medical Journal (tracking 3,000+ older people for five years) found that people with the slowest walking speed had a significantly increased risk of death compared to those who walked the fastest—including a threefold increased rate of cardiovascular death. A new clinical trial from the University of Texas found that brisk walking led to significant improvements in brain health and executive function in older people with mild memory impairments.


Victor Koo, Chinese Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Tianren Culture, Joins GWI Board

The GWI has named Victor Koo, founder and chairman of Heyi Holdings and co-founder of Tianren Culture, to its Advisory Board. Heyi Holdings focuses on social impact investments in the areas of health, genomics and food 2.0; Tianren Culture is a next-generation social platform designed to foster positive global values and lifestyles. Koo invests in initiatives that promote health and sustainability for the planet and its inhabitants and has been an early strategic partner of GWI’s The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease and The Wellness Moonshot: China.


Must-Reads from The Wellness World


Green spaces aren’t just for nature – they boost our mental health too New Scientist, March 24, 2021

Stanford study into “Zoom Fatigue” explains why video chats are so tiringNew Atlas, February 23, 2021

The pandemic has given women a new kind of rage (pushing many families back into the 1950s)The Atlantic, March 2021


A record $3.1 billion was invested in alternative and plant-based protein companies in 2020—three times more than what was raised in 2019.

Source: The Good Food Institute research, March 2021

Tues. April 13, 10-11 AM EST
Wellness Sector Spotlight: Medical Wellness 
How the integration of medicine and wellness will change your business

Thurs. April 15, 1-2 PM EST
VIP Event for GWI Ambassadors: A conversation with Thierry Malleret, economist and founder of The Monthly Barometer
What lies ahead for the wellness industry
Learn about becoming a GWI Ambassador and joining this event here. 

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