Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report. Agriculture is the main threat to 86% of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction, the report by the Chatham House thinktank said.
At CES 2021, new products aimed at monitoring the youngest generation’s health reflected the continuing digitisation of wellbeing across demographics. Standout gadgets tackled childhood obesity, streamlined sleep training and offered growth management.
Going public was in 23andMe ‘s genes. Now, it’s happening. The consumer genetics and research company announced this morning that it will soon be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, thanks to a merger with a special purpose acquisition company created by Richard Branson ‘s Virgin Group.
The fitness-tech company’s business sprinted ahead during the pandemic. Now it faces a pack of new rivals.
“Everyone is going through a tough time right now, especially with what’s going on in the world. For me, to be able to use my platform and partner with companies like Oikos to be able to give back for a great cause, it means everything. It’s what I stand for, it’s how I was raised.”
Heart and respiratory rate tracking is nearly ubiquitous on sleek fitness bands and bulbous smart rings. Where those kinds of metrics are not yet universal is on smartphones. On Thursday, Google announced plans to change that by launching new software that can capture your heart rate and breathing rate through your phone’s camera lens.