Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
In 1982, the Finnish wearable tech company Polar married an EXG and a radio chest strap to create the first serious biometric sports watch, the Polar Sports Tester PE2000. According to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey, 21 percent of American adults wear a fitness tracker – that is, one in five adults.
A new fitness and wellness vertical has emerged amid the pandemic. Dubbed the “high-performance lifestyle” (HPL), it combines physical health, mental health and technology. Why it matters: HPL aims to track and optimize human performance. Athletes have been doing this for decades; now, thanks to data democratization, anyone can.
Awareness of our health and well-being kicked into overdrive last year and shows no sign of slowing. In 2021, these wellness innovators will change the way we all (not just a select few) eat, move, t
Mental health has long had negative connotations in society. Struggling with it has a stigma attached: if one’s mental health is suboptimal, it must mean they’re “crazy” or a bad person. Worse still is the need or desire for medication-like an anti-depressant to help improve one’s mental wellness-must mean a person must be certifiably crazy to need any pejoratively-named “happy pills.”
n August last year, Matt Lawson, a Melbourne-based conspiracy theorist and anti-5G activist linked to the group that helped organise the city’s anti-lockdown protests last year, held one of his regular YouTube gabfests. The guests were mostly the usual crowd.
With a menu focused on plants, the salad chain Sweetgreen automatically has a lower carbon footprint than a typical fast-food chain serving millions of burgers. But the company now plans to go a step further, setting the goal of cutting its carbon footprint in half in the next six years.