Welltodo Today: Pure Gym Sold To US Investment Firm, Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Buzzy Brand, The $47bn Organic Food Industry

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

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US buyout firm Leonard Green & Partners has won a two-month bidding contest for Pure Gym. The private equity shop, which jointly owns Topshop with Sir Philip Green, announced in a statement today (3 November) that it will acquire a controlling interest in the UK gym operator, replacing current majority shareholder and US private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors.

A restaurant that caters to Silicon Valley’s diet crazes is opening in a former McDonald’s – take a look inside

Kitava is on a mission to upgrade fast-casual food in San Francisco. In 2015, Jeff Nobbs set out to make healthy food approachable. He launched Kitava (formerly known as Mealmade) as an on-demand delivery startup that makes every dish to order and substitutes familiar ingredients with low-calorie alternatives.

Diet-obsessed millennial men show shape of things to come

Dieting was an overwhelmingly female preoccupation until the explosion of the wellness industry. Listen in to a group of men now and they are just as likely to be discussing the 5:2 regime as the 4-4-2 formation. Among the young, a generation that shares pictures of slim, well-groomed male celebrities on social media, dieting is even more popular.

4 tips for turning your side hustle into a buzzy brand, from the Sakara Life founders

Whether you already have a side hustle you’re nurturing, or you have an idea for a business-but not a fully fleshed-out plan-chances are there’s one major thought driving you: I’m super passionate about this. I need to figure out how to get everyone else to be as excited about it as I am.

Traveling the World Taught Me That I Was ‘Doing Wellness’ All Wrong

“So, are there any workout classes I just have to try while I’m here?” I asked my Croatian friend over chilled glasses of local white wine. We were on the patio at Villa Orsula, a boutique cliffside hotel in Dubrovnik, where I was visiting from New York City to write about the Dalmatian Coast as an increasingly popular tourist destination.

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Employment contracts for PTs working in the health and fitness sector are under the spotlight following questions in the House of Commons about terms offered by The Gym Group. Frank Field, chair of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, has asked for an explanation of the company’s practice of designating fitness instructors as self-employed, after a PT raised concerns about their contract.

A growing battle in the $47 billion organic food industry could fundamentally change the program – and some farmers are worried

The National Organic Standards Board, an advisory committee to the US Department of Agriculture, voted to allow some crops grown hydroponically and aquaponically to have organic labels. Organic food sales totaled $47 billion in the US in 2016. Some traditional organic farmers are threatening to leave the NOSB, the program they helped create, over the controversial vote.

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