Welltodo Today: JD Gyms To Expand, Mirror Raises $13m for Virtual Fitness, Aldi Ups Organic Range

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

A new scientifically backed reason to embrace nature? Increased body positivity

Even if we don’t always treat Mother Earth amazingly, nature continues to ( for now) provide its bounty to us via a multitude of mood-boosting and health-improving ways. If the celebrity and wellness-superstar enthusiasm surrounding the idea of natural grounding isn’t enough to convince you, according to new research published in the journal just looking at photos of the great outdoors can improve how you’re feelin’ yourself.

Michael Mosley to headline first Elevate Conference

TV journalist and presenter Dr Michael Mosley has been announced as a keynote speaker for this year’s inaugural Elevate Conference in London. Mosley, who presents The Truth About Exercise and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, joins a lineup including minister for sport Tracey Crouch, Virgin Active UK managing director Robert Cook and public health expert Muir Gray, as part of the two-day trade exhibition at ExCeL London from 9 to 10 May.

JD Gyms acquires Ben Dunne Gyms UK

The UK division of Ben Dunne Gyms has been acquired by JD Gyms in a multi-million-pound deal. JD Gyms, part of JD Sports Fashion group, has closed the three sites for a full redesign, refurbishment and relaunch.

Aldi launches more than 60 new organic products in Germany – FoodBev Media

Aldi has announced it will add more than 60 new own-label organic products to its supermarkets in Germany. The retailer said the expanded product line – which includes dried fruits, yogurts, breakfast cereals and milk – will make it possible for consumers to complete their entire weekly shop by purchasing just organic goods.

Mirror raises $13 million for virtual fitness classes

It may seem like there are already enough on-demand fitness classes, but one startup has an idea for something a little different. Mirror is debuting an at-home device that looks like a mirror, but also lets you see the instructor and classmates for fitness routines like barre, yoga, boxing and pilates.

Do firms need a director of happiness?

Germany’s largest union is threatening strike action if demands for a better work-life balance are not met. Last year IG Metall asked for shorter working hours and a 6 per cent pay rise for a reported 3.9 million workers. Negotiations with German employers are ongoing, involving a proposed reduction in weekly working from 35 to 28 hours.

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