It’s fortuitous that a press release about Global Wellness Day arrived at the same time a report was released that there are more grossly obese people in the United States than anywhere else in the world. We’re talking about people who are too fat to fit into normal airplane seats, too big to get through doors and that are jeopardizing their health. It just makes the efforts of all who are involved in this fifth annual event that promote fitness and health awareness on June 11, 2016 seem timely and well thought out. Global Wellness Day is a concept that focuses on mind and body fitness that is open to the public. With the help of ambassadors such Kim Marshall, a spa expert from Los Angeles, the organization orchestrates a series of complimentary classes and experiences at spas around the world. “It was so fun to have worked with the GWD founder Belgin Aksoy who is the owner of Turkey’s only destination spa.” She wanted to take the idea worldwide and to see that in just two years we’ve gotten clinics, cities and tourism boards involved,” Kim explained.
“Aksoy, who thought of GWD is determined that it be totally not-for-profit and above board so as of now there aren’t even any sponsors and all of us are volunteers,” Kim continued. “One day can change your whole life.” In fact, GWD events will be held around the world on the second Saturday in June, from sunrise in New Zealand until sunset in Hawaii.
Hospitality and spa industry leaders that have committed to company-wide participation include Michael Newcombe, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and head of spa Task Force for his company’s 41 spas in North America. Michael said, “We are thrilled to participate in Global Wellness Day for the second year in a row, to help inspire guests and locals in each market to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Our properties will be offering farmers market inspired culinary items and top fitness programs and sample spa treatments for all who participate.” Additional backers include Accor Luxury Brands – Sofitel, Pullman & MGallery — Anantara, Constance, Four Seasons, Grace, GOCO, Jumeriah Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott Americas & Europe, Oberoi, Red Door Spas, Resense Spas, Rosewood, Six Senses and WTS International. Associations and groups that have said “Yes” to Wellness and invited their members to participate include: Exercise is Medicine, the Day Spa Association, SpaFinder Wellness 365, Treatwell, and the Global Wellness Institute, the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association and Florida Spa Association.
This year’s motto for GWD is “Wellness for Everyone!’’ with a range of cities, tourism boards, health clinics and even national dance companies offering are workshops and classes to educate and inspire the public about the benefits of proactive wellness and mind-body fitness. Waterfront communities from Asbury Park New Jersey to Imperial Beach, California, and both Jacksonville and Boca Raton, Florida, are organizing a day of family friendly wellness activities.
California-based AltaMed, the largest community health center in the nation will be championing wellness opportunities for its employees and the communities it serves.In Arizona, the Mountain Vista Medical Center will promote GWD activities at their Women’s Wellness Expo and the Sedona Golf Resort will hold the state’s first Wellness Golf Tournament, followed by a Community Wellness Fair at The Collective Sedona, a food/shopping/art/wellness center, with over 10 local spas holding classes and events.
Probably one day isn’t enough to help trim America’s fat and combat obesity but it’s a start. Watch the video for more about this expanding epidemic that is killing people, driving health costs up and hurting the economy.