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Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute | June 17, 2020


 Women-Led, Smaller, and Non-Populist Nations Are Winning at Beating Coronavirus
 Q&A, Amaya Weddle, Mindbody: The Future of Fitness/Wellness Studios & Spas
 New GWI White Paper: Food as Nourishment for Body, Mind & Spirit
 Poor Sleep Increases Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke & Atherosclerosis
 GWI’s Wellness at Work Series on “Leading in the New Normal” Kicks Off Tomorrow
 Must-Reads from the Wellness World

 

Women-Led, Smaller, and Non-Populist Nations Are Winning at Beating 
By Thierry Malleret, economist


While there are dozens of reasons why some countries have dealt with COVID-19 successfully, and others have failed, three indicators are emerging. Nations with women leaders (who quickly focused on prevention and have broad wellbeing policies) are seeing six times fewer deaths than those lead by men. Smaller nations are doing much better, and populist governments (the US, UK, Brazil, Russia), where a core ideological feature is the rejection of expertise, are getting hit hard.
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Q&A, Amaya Weddle, Mindbody: The Future of Fitness/Wellness Studios & Spas


The GWI just released a “Wellness in the Age of COVID-19” Q&A with Amaya Becvar Weddle, PhD and VP, Research & Product Marketing, Mindbody, a leading tech platform for the wellness industry. Her research team has been undertaking important surveys on how the pandemic is changing wellness businesses and consumers.
 
Weddle discusses:
  • How profound the shift to digital fitness and wellness has been during the pandemic, asking: Will video now kill the studio star?
  • How the Coronavirus has revealed that “digital” and “community” are not a paradox in wellness, and how the virtual shift could drive new democratization of wellness. What the new fitness, yoga, meditation, etc. business models might look like.
  • What matters most to clients as spas, salons and beauty businesses reopen?
Read her insights here.

 

New GWI White Paper: Food as Nourishment for Body, Mind & Spirit


The GWI has released a new white paper as part of its series on how wellness concepts could positively “reset the world” post-COVID-19.
 
Food as Nourishment for Body, Mind and Spirittakes a sobering look at how the current global food crisis extends from hunger to widespread malnutrition—and how the world’s poor eating habits are destroying our physical, mental and cultural health. Provides strategies (for individuals, communities and governments) to move food from a crisis to true nourishment.

 

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Poor Sleep Increases Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke & Atherosclerosis

 

A major new study (1,600 participants) from the University of California Berkeley un-riddles why disrupted nightly sleep and clogged arteries are pathologically intertwined. It’s the first study to show that fragmented sleep is associated with a unique pathway—chronic circulating inflammation throughout the bloodstream—which, in turn, is linked to higher amounts of plaques in coronary arteries that can result in fatal heart disease.
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GWI’s Wellness at Work Series on “Leading in the New Normal” Kicks Off Tomorrow


The GWI’s Wellness at Work Initiative’s three-part Zoom call series “Leading in the Next Normal: Setting the Agenda to Thrive” kicks off tomorrow. COVID-19 has affected every company, and the challenges in navigating the future are profound. To help global businesses, GWI Initiative Chair Renee Moorefield will interview Joan Prats, VP corporate affairs, The Coca-Cola Company (Mexico) and Dondeena Bradley, global VP, nutrition and wellbeing at Barilla Group, on what they have learned about their workforce and consumers during the pandemic and what their wellbeing strategies for the future are.
 
Join the Collaboration on Zoom, Thursday, June 18, from 9:30–10:30 a.m. EDT.
 
Access previous GWI Initiative Zoom calls here.

 

Must-Reads from the Wellness World


‘Long overdue’: lawmakers declare racism a public health emergencyGuardian, June 12, 2020
Six months of Coronavirus: Here’s some of what we’ve learnedNew York Times, June 3, 2020
The trauma of racism: Countless studies have shown the adverse... – Psychology Today, June 4, 2020
Why is no one talking about agriculture as a solution to climate change?AFN, May 28, 2020
How the 'lost art' of breathing can impact sleep and resilienceNPR, May 27, 2020

A Striking Stat: 
Loneliness in Lockdown: Seventy-six percent of people report that they are significantly lonelier during the pandemic.
 
Source: SocialPro survey of English-speaking countries, April 2020   


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