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Fitness industry says ‘yes’ to Global Wellness Day

Fitness industry says ‘yes’ to Global Wellness Day
June 10, 2016

More than 3,000 facilities across 100 countries will be taking part in Global Wellness Day on 11th June.

Aiming to promote a life of wellness, the campaign challenges people to change one aspect of their lives for a day and outlines seven steps to better wellness.

Held on the second Saturday of June each year, Global Wellness Day advocates that people should: walk for an hour, drink more water, not use plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good deed, have a family dinner and be asleep by 10pm.

In advance of Global Wellness Day, the fitness industry is being urged to support the event by changing their social media profile pictures with an app called Twibbon, which adds in a pink frame with the words ‘I say yes!’ around their profile picture.

The app can be used for profile pictures on Facebook or Twitter, and users are able to preview their new profile pictures before changing them; it can be accessed by clicking here.

The app also has a cover picture that can be downloaded in support of Global Wellness Day that features the quote “When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We,’ illness becomes wellness,” from Sharon L. Alder, along with a silhouette of a group of people with Global Wellness Day “I say Yes” paddles, and a note of the event’s date of 11th June.

The non-profit project created by Belgin Aksoy three years ago is being embraced by the fitness world and has now also been accepted as a Global Wellness Institute initiative, and was celebrated in 73 countries last year.

Belgin, who came up with an idea to combat depression and unhappiness by promoting the importance of living well, says “we’ve honoured almost everything which is valuable to us with a special day, so why not have one that’s dedicated to the universally accepted importance of wellness?”

Susie Ellis, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Global Wellness Institute add “living a life with wellness at its core is the guiding principle of our organisation which is why we ‘Say Yes’ to Global Wellness Day and are proud that many in our Institute network, including Health and Fitness Travel are embracing this important campaign.”

Locally, Health and Fitness Travel is backing Global Wellness Day by offering an afternoon of complimentary activities celebrating the value of health and wellbeing at boutique wellness studio Bodhi & Ride.

Health and Fitness Travel, in conjunction with ClassPass stand united with hundreds of wellness organisations across the world from Turkey to Thailand to support proactive wellness.

Health and Fitness Travel co-founder Samantha Lippiatt and her team have come together with ClassPass and local Melbourne based wellness businesses including Matcha Maiden, Haus of Health, Golden Grind, MUD and Nourish Bowlz and more to host an afternoon of fun to celebrate, including wellness presentations, healthy refreshments, flow yoga and meditation at Bodhi & Ride in Port Melbourne.

There is also an online movement to take the Global Wellness Day Challenge, inviting participants to do one wellness-related activity for seven days leading up to the event and posting a picture of their activity, along with the hashtag #TrainingForGWD2016. 

For more information go to www.globalwellnessday.org/en

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