100 Countries Get Ready to Celebrate Global Wellness Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017, will mark the sixth annual Global Wellness Day (GWD) celebration and the third year the special day is being celebrated around the world. With a mantra of “One Day Can Change Your Whole Life,” Turkish founder and cancer survivor, Belgin Aksoy Berkin, has inspired an international network of over 85 Global Wellness Day Ambassadors, three Advisors, and 21 Key Supports to organize complimentary wellness events in over 4,000 locations in 100 countries this year. Aksoy Berkin’s idea from the beginning was that wellness is not a luxury but the inherit right of every individual, and she works hard to ensure that GWD events will never be commercial and are free and open to public.
Global Wellness Day’s simple but effective pink paddles saying “I Say Yes to Wellness!” have become synonymous with the day, and GWD’s 7-Step manifesto is simple and clear:
1. Walk for an hour.
2. Drink more water.
3. Don’t use plastic bottles.
4. Eat healthy food.
5. Do a good deed.
6. Have a family dinner with your loved ones.
7. Sleep at 10:00 pm.
In addition, a special focus for this year’s celebrations will be to encourage kindness, gratitude, mindfulness, and happiness! To that end, locations will be encouraging their attendees to try for a technology detox on that day, setting aside at least two hours to be electronics-free.
Complimentary wellness activities—like Zumba, yoga, Pilates, dance, ballet, hiking, workshops related to nutrition, diet, healthy eating, and happiness, therapies such as breathing, laughter, art, and mindfulness and beauty classes—will be organized across the globe to help millions realize the difference one day can make to inspire healthy change in the world.
“We are also seeing an emphasis on the happiness and health of children, which continues to give me hope for the future,” shares founder Belgin Aksoy Berkin.
International governmental institutions, mayors, and associations are rallying to support GWD in places like India, the US, Canada, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Turkey, Serbia, and Brazil. Cyprus is a standout in this arena with GWD organizing joint projects with the Cyprus Tourist Organization, as well as the Governor’s Ofﬁces of five different towns.
“As GWD Family, we are thrilled that Global Wellness Day is garnering such support worldwide,” says Aksoy Berkin. “Our ambassadors have done such an amazing job that this year we are able to expand our focus to include the goals of spreading a message of happiness, kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness, which I believe can be seen in our wide range of inclusive events, many of which are meant to help underserved communities. We are also seeing an emphasis on the happiness and health of children, which continues to give me hope for the future.”
Aksoy Berkin illustrates with examples of GWD outreach from orphanages and senior centers in places like Thailand, the Netherlands, and Brazil. She also explains that her longterm goal is to have Global Wellness Day included on the official calendar of the United Nations, since that would be a real catalyst for international awareness.
A Sampling of 2017 Global Wellness Day Events
In the USA
Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina will join the management of the Silver Leed-Certified Pier South Resort, a member of Marriot’s Autograph Collection, to organize a family friendly 5K Bike Ride to the new Bayshore Bikeway Village, kicking off with yoga-inspired stretch, instructor-led fitness activities and delicious and healthy food options from the local farmer’s market.
Los Angeles Wellness expert and writer, Nikki Sharp, will be teaching the helipad yoga class at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder will be leading a healthy breakfast event, and Four Seasons will be leading a number of other events throughout the day with wellness experts Kathy Freston, John Salley, Susan Miller, Tata Harper, The Detox Market, and Todd Savvas.
Florida Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs will join with TechnoGym to offer free classes in their 18,000-square-foot fitness center.
Ohio Beautiful public spaces are reserved in downtown Cleveland for free fitness classes and the event is being promoted via a chain of local grocery stores and the YMCA.
Brazil Kurotel spa, located in the city of Gramado, one of the country’s favorite mountain destinations that welcomes 6 million visitors each year, has been sending its professional medical personnel to speak about GWD’s 7- Step Manifesto in public schools, children associations, and the city hall of Gramado With the full support of the local mayor and the city’s Education, Health, Tourism Offices, the spa is inviting local visitors and residents to enjoy a wide range of complimentary wellness sessions the entire week of June 3rd to 10th.
France International brands—such as French luxury cosmetics company Clarins, Canadian-based sportswear company LOLË, Atout France (France Tourism Development Agency), PHYTOMER Spa & Wellness, Sense of WELLNESS Magazine, Cinq Mondes Spa, French Spa Association Spa-A, Thalazur, Thalazur Thalassothérapie & Spa, 9 spa/thalassothérapy, Thalassa sea & Spa, Spa de Beauté Mag, Émotion Spa Mag, Code Beauté Magazine, @bc Spa Gestion, Ahimsa le Spa, Ecole Catherine Sertin, Omnisens Spa, RKF Luxury Linen, Gharieni France, Laboratoires Camylle, Spa La vie est belle, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques – Spa de Beauté, Deep Nature Spa and Wellness,ROSE & PEPPER, Trend Sourcing—are each organizing GWD events for June 10th.
Hungary In a multi-tiered effort by different groups, several baths in the Hungarian Thermal Bath Association will offer complimentary events; day-long and week-long events—especially in nature—will be organized by the spas of HunguestHotels and Danubius Hotels with participating health/fitness clubs and trainers belonging to the International Wellness Institute and communications support from the Hungarian Tourism Agency and Wellness Magazine. Interestingly, the Hungarian Association of Dietitians will promote the Smart Plate initiative that parallels GWD’s manifesto. And finally, the Madach Musical School has its Gala Exhibition dedicated to GWD during that weekend.
Israel The main event will take place with a wide range of wellness activities in “Gordon Swimming Pool,” which is located on Tel Aviv’s renovated and beautiful promenade, surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the yachts and waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
Italy The Italian skincare company Comfort Zone has encouraged 50 of the Italian spas that carry their products to create local events and many other independent wellness centers. The company is also launching an “I Sustain Beauty” campaign that day to motivate partner spas and hair salons to commit to projects supporting a positive impact on social, artistic, and natural beauty.
Japan The country’s GWD ambassador has garnered the support of CIDESCO Nippon as well as Nihon Esthetic Association to approach the schools and to spread GWD in Japan.
Netherlands A number of health and wellness professionals will organize massage and meditation sessions, yoga, dance, and fitness workouts and workshops in the field of healthy food. Looking to the future, 4,500 students of the HZ University of Applied Sciences’ Vitality and Tourism Management school said “Yes!” to Global Wellness Day by organizing a range of wellness activities both on and off campus.
Romania Daniel Horhogea, a well-respected personality in the Romanian sport and wellness community and well-known person for his charity activities will run a marathon beginning in Romania 10 days before the actual celebration date of GWD which is June 10th. He will pass through Bulgaria and finally will reach out to the celebration event area in Istanbul on June 10th.
Thailand Chiva-Som International Health Resort will once again take their wellness services into the remote jungle communities of the Karen tribes living along the Thai and Myanmar border. They will partner with a group called Jungle Aid that provide tropical medicine doctors and take their own team of health advisors, acupuncturist, nurses, physiotherapists, and more who will take food, medicines, mosquito nets, clothing, school supplies, linens, soap, and more to the nomadic tribes. They will arrange educational games for the children while they teach the village women the basics of first aid, natural birth control, and hold a free clinic for all who need care in the village.
Turkey Kucukciftlik Park in Istanbul is getting ready for another massive all-day celebration event with yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and workshops and seminars with best-selling authors. The GWD event hosted 7,000 people last year with more planning to attend this year.
Hospitality & Spa Industry Supporters
Hospitality and spa industry leaders that have committed to often company-wide participation include: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels, Constance Hotels and Resorts, ROYAT, Talise Spa (group of Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts), LUX Hotels & Resorts Group, GRACE Hotels of America, GOCO Spas & GOCO Retreats, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Fairmont, Raffles, SIX SENSES, Marriott Spas, Thalasso & Spa Serge Blanco, Richmond International, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, SENSE SPA, Kurotel, Divani Apollon Palace, Best Alpine Wellness Hotels, Accor Hotels, WTS International, HILTON Group, Red Door Spas, OBEROI Spas, Chuan Spas, Shangri-la Bosphorus Istanbul and Swiss Hotel.
Institution & Association Support
GWD is also obtaining the support of schools and institutions worldwide such as; CIDESCO Schools, Thuya Escuela School in Spain, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Exercise is Medicine, Day Spa Association, SpaFinder Wellness 365, Treatwell, Global Wellness Institute, Global Wellness Summit, Arizona Spa & Wellness Association, Florida Spa Association, International Spa Association (ISPA), Nihon Esthetic Association in Japan, Turkish Heart Foundation, South African Spa Association, Spa – A (Fédération des professionnels du bien-être) and S.P.A.S (Syndicat Professionnel des Activités de SPA), ATOUT France (France Tourism Development Agency).
For More Info
Look for the hashtag #GlobalWellnessDay to follow what happens from one end of the world to the other on June 10th.