A large new study from Harvard University provides more evidence that the GWI’s Wellness
Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease is urgent and highly actionable. The study, examining 34 years of health/lifestyle info on 123,000 men and women, found that five behaviors—eating a healthy diet, not smoking, getting regular exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, and maintaining a normal weight—can extend life expectancy at 50 by more than a decade…even without the discovery of a single new drug or medical treatment.
Mike Bloomberg (businessman and former NYC Mayor) and Larry Summers (former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and Director of the National Economic Council) recently formed The Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health—a global project that should prove a major boost for obesity (and other “wellness”) taxes across the globe and good news for the wellness world.
A new study (University of Eastern Finland; 1,628 people analyzed over 15 years) found that compared with people who took saunas once a week, those who took them 2–3 times weekly were 12 percent less likely to have a stroke. Those hitting a sauna 4–7 times a week reduced stroke risk by 62 percent. Although the study was observational and can’t prove causality, the researchers found a strong independent effect, and it adds to other recent evidence that sauna-going protects the cardiovascular system. The lead researcher noted, “Temperature increases, even of 1 or 2 degrees Celsius, can limit inflammatory processes in the body and reduce arterial stiffness...”
A new GWI Initiative devoted to sound healing has launched with a goal of bringing more research, education and “edu-tainment” experiences that empower consumers to understand and experience how sound, music, acoustic resonance and/or vibration can have a positive effect on their physical, mental, relational and spiritual wellbeing—and to create awareness for the benefits of these therapies for managing stress and pain and boosting creativity, productivity, sleep and more. The Initiative Chair is Suzannah Long, CEO of So Sound, and the Vice-Chair is Todd Linden, president of Linden Consulting.