Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, June 11, 2016 will mark the fifth Global Wellness Day (GWD) being celebrated around the world. GWD’s international network of over 70Global Wellness Day Ambassadors report that they are on target to have over 3,000 properties & locations in 100 countries organize complimentary wellness activities like yoga/Pilates/dance workshops; breathing & mindfulness sessions and nutrition & beauty classes to help millions realize that One day can change your whole life. In fact, GWD events will be held around the world on the second Saturday in June, from sunrise in New Zealand until sunset in Hawaii.
Hospitality & spa industry leaders that have committed to company-wide participation include: Accor Luxury Brands – Sofitel, Pullman & MGallery -- Anantara, Constance, Four Seasons, Grace, GOCO, Jumeriah Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott Americas & Europe, Oberoi, Red Door Spas, Resense Spas, Rosewood, Six Senses and WTS International. Associations and groups that have said yes to Wellness and invited their members to participate include: Exercise is Medicine, the Day Spa Association, SpaFinder Wellness 365, Treatwell, and the Global Wellness Institute, the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association and Florida Spa Association.
Taking away the barriers of exclusivity, this year’s rallying cry for GWD is Wellness for Everyone! with a range of cities, tourism boards, health clinics and even national dance companies offering workshops and classes to educate and inspire the public about the benefits of proactive wellness and mind-body fitness. Waterfront communities from Asbury Park, New Jersey to Imperial Beach, California, and both Jacksonville and Boca Raton, Florida are organizing a day of family friendly wellness activities.
AltaMed, the largest community health center in the nation based in California, understands wellness extends beyond healthcare and will be championing wellness opportunities for its employees and the communities it serves on June 11 in order to fully advocate equal access health & wellness services. In nearby Arizona, the Mountain Vista Medical Center will promote GWD activities at their Women’s Wellness Expo and the Sedona Golf Resort will hold the state’s first Wellness Golf Tournament, followed by a Community Wellness Fair at The Collective Sedona, a food/shopping/art/wellness center, with over 10 local spas holding classes and events.
Setting aside the second Saturday in June to provide complimentary, educational and experiential wellness activities to the public to promote good physical and mental health was the brainchild of Belgin Aksoy, owner of Turkey’s only destination spa and herself a cancer survivor. An idea whose time had come, Global Wellness Day was quickly embraced by the wellness industry and, amazingly, only one year later GWD was celebrated in 74 different countries at over 600 spas, hotels & destinations!
Over the past two years, Global Wellness Day received the support of Hollywood stars such as Ving Rhames, Josh Charles, Ty Burrell, Jessie Taylor Ferguson, Mayim Bialik, and Joe Morton; authors like Deepak Chopra and Agapi Stassinopoulos; sports stars like Venus Williams and Rainbeau Mars; and leaders of the business world including Founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson; Co-creator of SKYPE, Jonas Kjellberg; and Wendy Kopp, CEO / Co-Founder of Teach for All. Each can be seen with Aksoy’s ingenious but simple pink paddles reading, I Say YES! to Wellness.
Aksoy is determined that this special day dedicated to good physical and mental health be an entirely not-for-profit social project to make people aware of the value of their lives. “Living well is the simple necessity for every human being on the planet,” explains Aksoy. “To overcome the global problems such as depression and lead a healthier and happier life, we need an inspiring beginning. The name of that beginning is Global Wellness Day.”
Throughout her life until her recent passing, Chief Creative Officer of Kerstin Florian International Charlene Florian left an indelible footprint on the wellness world and gave her full support to Global Wellness Day from the very beginning. To honor and commemorate her memory, Aksoy has dedicated Global Wellness Day 2016 to Charlene Florian’s legacy.
The International Coordinator of GWD, Jean Guy de Gabriac, who also runs a Belgium-based spa training & consultancy company, explains, “The discovery and practice of wellness activities invites everyone to enjoy a revitalized body, a clear mind and a peaceful heart. The world needs these three free and renewable sources of energy now more than ever. How long we have on this planet is not as important as what we actually do which each day that is granted to us. We are One... Wellness for Everyone!”
Michael Newcombe, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Head of Spa Task Force for his company’s 41 spas in North America explains, “We are thrilled to participate in Global Wellness Day for the second year in a row to help inspire guests and locals in each market to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Our properties will be offering farmers market-inspired culinary items and top fitness programs and sample spa treatments for all who participate.”
Global Wellness Day Ambassadors organizing activities for June 11 come from the following 83 countries:
Australia, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Carribbean, China, CostaRica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macau, Madeira Island, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Ireland, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.