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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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22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
21 May 2019
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams to keynote at Active Uprising 2019
Sports psychologist Jeremy Snape and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams are among the keynote speakers at this year's Active Uprising.
17 May 2019
IAAPA returns to Shanghai in June with rebranded Asian expo
Formerly the Asian Attractions Expo, (AAE) the newly-rechristened IAAPA Expo Asia (IEA) takes its first steps under its new name from 11-14 June.
17 May 2019
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced a new topic for the event: how purpose needs to be at the very heart of corporate culture and how creating a purpose- focused company is the path to more profitable, successful businesses.
17 May 2019
Wellness Week 2019 launches at the Technogym Forum
Wellness Week 2019 has kicked off in Romagna, Italy. The event will run from 17 to 26 May.
16 May 2019
Jenny Patrickson: mental health qualification gaining interest
A new qualification focusing on mental health – one of the first of its kind for the physical activity and fitness industry – is creating interest across the sector.
15 May 2019
Work begins on £520m Birmingham Commonwealth Games village
Construction work has begun on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village – the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Games.
15 May 2019
BaseballSoftballUK looks for lasting legacy from MLB's London series
BaseballSoftballUK is hoping to use this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) London Series to give the sport a push and increase its popularity across the country.
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Diary dates
23 May 2019
Forum HOTel&SPA
Four Seasons Hotel George V
Paris
France
28-31 May 2019
Wellness Tourism Association - Meeting of Members
Canyon Ranch
Tucson
United States
30 May 2019
Rimini Wellness B2B Congress
Rimini Expo Centre
Rimini
Italy
30 May - 02 Jun 2019
RiminiWellness
Expo Centre & Riviera Di Rimini
Rimini
Italy
31 May 2019
Rimini Wellness - Personal Trainer Day
Rimini Expo Centre
Rimini
Italy
31 May - 02 Jun 2019
RunFestRun
Bowood House and Gardens
Calne
United Kingdom
02 Jun 2019
Salon Summit
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Birmingham
United Kingdom
03-05 Jun 2019
Spa Life International (Germany)
Gesundheitsresort Freiburg
Freiburg im Breisgau
Germany
03-05 Jun 2019
IAAPA Safety Institute
tbc
Quito
Ecuador
06 Jun 2019
Active Uprising
Manchester Central
Manchester
United Kingdom
06 Jun 2019
Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank 2019
Campus Passugg, SSTH
7062 Passugg
Switzerland
08 Jun 2019
Global Wellness Day
Worldwide
Various
08 Jun 2019
Instructor Revolution 2019
University of East London
Stratford
United Kingdom
09-11 Jun 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc
Shanghai
China
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