Welltodo Today: Amazon’s Latest Wellness Venture, Unilever’s Sustainable Living Brands Up Profits, £42m Boost For Gym Chain

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Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.

Amazon is building a ‘health & wellness’ team within Alexa as it aims to upend health care

Krasner moved to Alexa in recent months from a stealthy group led by Babak Parviz that operates under the various monikers AmazonX, Grand Challenges and 1492. Krasner, who played an instrumental role in obtaining HIPAA compliance at Box, is leading business development and strategy, the people said.

Video: Building The Netflix Of Home Fitness

PSFK conference speaker Tom Cortese talks about Peloton’s meteoric rise in the fitness industry As we look forward to CXI 2018 next Friday, we’re looking back at the insights shared by Tom Cortese at last year’s PSFK conference.

Fitness apps found to make almost no difference to users’ health

An app developed by the Swedish government to curb drinking among university students actually led to them drink more, while a globally popular fitness app made almost no difference to the weight of those who used it, a review of the effectiveness of health apps has found.

Meet The Start-up That’s Trailblazing The New Clean & Healthy Home

Finally, the warmer weather is upon us and like anything else in life-with the good comes the bad. Spring is not only the season for nature to come out of its dormancy but also for various pests like mosquitos and ants to do the same.

Junk food ads to be banned across Tube, buses and trains in London

“The Government needs to step up and join this fight against child obesity, so we can achieve real progress – not just in London, but across the entire country.” Jamie Oliver, chef and campaigner, said the moves were “game-changing”, urging Theresa May to follow the Mayor’s lead.

Trend report lowdown: Active Lives

They are, and for a simple reason: we’re feeling digitally overwhelmed. Consumers are craving experiences that make them feel human again. In the words of Joel Runyon, founder of US consultancy Impossible, “People are thirsty for adventures that seem big, daring and have real risks.” No.

Unilever’s growth accelerated by its Sustainable Living brands – FoodBev Media

Unilever has claimed that its Sustainable Living brands delivered more than 60% of the company’s growth in 2016, and have grown 50% faster than the rest of the company’s business. This announcement was made as part of a presentation to industry and UK government figures at Unilever’s headquarters in London, which reviewed the progress of the Sustainable Living programme, now in its sixth year.

Bupa Global launches service allowing companies to evaluate their wellness programmes

Bupa Global – the international insurance arm of healthcare giant Bupa – has teamed up with non-profit member organisation HERO to launch a new online service, designed to help businesses evaluate their health and wellbeing programmes. The HERO International Scorecard will be marketed as an online tool for employers and organisations, enabling them to create an inventory of health and wellbeing best practice.

£42m boost for gym chain Xercise4Less owned by Jon Wright

A former rugby union forward who was forced to hang up his boots after a string of back injuries has raised £42m to expand his low-cost gym chain. Jon Wright, above, who played for Harlequins until he was injured at the age of 22, founded Xercise4Less, in 2009 when he opened the first fitness club.

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