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18 Oct 2018
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all of which were announced at this year’s Summit at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. More than 630 invitation-only delegates hailing from 50 countries attended this year’s sold-out Summit, and the 2018 Global Wellness Award recipients, determined by the GWS Advisory Board, were announced on the final day of the Summit, as follows:

Leader in Innovation
Nerio Alessandri, founder and president of Technogym, for “his vision and courage to use the word wellness to define his leading technology and fitness company in the early ‘90s before the term became part of the daily lexicon.”

Leader in Sustainability
Clodagh, head of New York-based interior design firm Clodagh Design, for “being a vanguard of wellness design, as evidenced by her pioneering use of approaches like feng shui, biophilia, chromatherapy, wabi sabi and aromatherapy, as well as her passionate belief that good design supports wellbeing and can transform people’s lives.”

Leading Woman in Wellness
Sheila McCann, general manager of Lanserhof UK and prior GM of Chiva-Som, for “being a key figure in the global spa industry who has evangelised the transformative effects of authentic, immersive experiences offered by destination spas, integrated wellness resorts and wellness retreats.”

Leader in Workplace Wellness
Denise Bober, vice president of human resources at The Breakers Palm Beach, for “remaking the culture of a renowned destination property into a shining example of workplace wellness and proving that a ‘return on wellness’ is a real measurement of success.”

Leader in Social Impact
Rupert Schmid and Pierre-Louis Delapalme, co-presidents of skincare brand Biologique Recherche, for “working to make it possible for more people and societal groups to live healthier, happier lives – and whose work in the field of wellness has made a meaningful social impact.” Schmid and Delapalme have partnered with Wellness for Cancer to adapt facial and body treatments to meet the needs of cancer patients and those in remission.

Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Wellness
John Stewart, one of the founding partners and key visionaries behind wellness resort Kamalaya Koh Samui, for “creating projects that make a measurable difference in people’s lives. Stewart proves that happiness comes from giving and has created a unique destination that nurtures guests by combining ancient wisdom with the latest innovations in alternative and modern healthcare, offering healing in the broadest sense, encompassing heart, mind, body and spirit.”

Shark Tank of Wellness Award
Each year the Shark Tank of Wellness competition challenges university students around the world to create bold and viable new concepts in wellness (from technology to architecture to hospitality).

Fifteen of over 150 submissions from 39 countries were presented to the Wellness Sharks who ultimately identified three finalists. The finalists, along with their professors, were flown to Italy to present their ideas in front of a panel of real-world wellness experts and the live audience – and compete for US$10,000 in prize money.

First prize (US$5,000) went to Maria Mu of Cornell University for her sleep technology concept, Bellumo, aimed at helping hundreds of millions of people worldwide that have trouble falling asleep at night. An alternative to potentially harmful medications, Bellumo is a glowing, hanging mobile that guides users through breathing exercises to help them fall into sleep. The form of the mobile was inspired by the bioluminescence of jellyfish and their elegant pulsating shapes, and the glowing and dimming of the soft LED lights guides users to inhale and exhale for set amounts of time, helping them relax deeply.

First runner-up (US$2,500) was Ece Nur Temel from Istanbul Technical University for her concept Yoga Lounge, a personal yoga space (or pod) designed for use throughout airports. With over 560,000 flights delayed a month, Yoga Lounge provides a private yoga/meditation sanctuary in the extremely stressful airport environment. Each module is divided into two small areas: one where you place baggage and change your clothes, the other a circular area for doing yoga or meditation, with yoga essentials such as blocks, straps, etc. Yoga Lounge is also a chill-out option for libraries, universities, hospitals, etc.

Second runner-up (US$2,500) was Niccolo Saltarelli from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in Switzerland for his concept CampWell. This innovative health and wellbeing-focused summer camp pairs young adults with experienced camp counselors from an older generation, for immersion in human connection and intergenerational bonding and physical and mental health education and experiences. Programming at CampWell is designed to attack the current epidemic of loneliness and unhappiness among young adults.



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12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
04 Dec 2018
Inaugural Sporting Champions awards handed out as part of athlete talent scheme
The inaugural Sporting Champions awards have been held to highlight the successes of a talent development programme that aims to help athletes at all stages of their careers.
03 Dec 2018
Mandarin Oriental encourages guests to disconnect with 'Silent Night' event
Mandarin Oriental has announced that it will host its annual 'Silent Night' event on 12 December.
29 Nov 2018
Glion Institute to host conference on technology and wellness
The Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland will host a three-day conference on Innovation and Technology, and what it means for the spa and wellness industry.
29 Nov 2018
Marcus Buckingham to deliver keynote speech at ISPA Conference
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced that Marcus Buckingham will be the day two General Session keynote at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo, on 12 September in Las Vegas. Buckingham is a leading authority and best-selling author on employee productivity and best practices of leadership and management.
28 Nov 2018
BIG and Heatherwick Studio crowned at World Architecture Festival
BIG and Heatherwick Studio were among the winners on day one of the World Architecture Festival Awards in Amsterdam.
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