Active IQ
Active IQ
Active IQ
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Follow Health Club Management on Google+ Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Subscribe to Health Club Management Get RSS alerts from Health Club Management magazine
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Global Wellness Day 2018 to focus on kids’ wellness

Global Wellness Day – an international celebration offering a range of free health and wellness activities to the public – will be celebrated this year in more than 4,000 locations in 100 countries on 9 June.

This year marks the seventh annual GWD, which has a motto of “One day can change your whole life”, and this year the event will focus on children’s wellness, with an aim to decrease worldwide depression, obesity rates and even crime rates.

Working with universities, clinics and international wellness leaders, Belgin Aksoy Berkin, founder of GWS, has developed a curriculum for the children’s project that can be implemented in the 2018/2019 school year.

For preschools, the curriculum is a simple five-minute wellness circle time each morning, and at primary/elementary schools, it is a one-hour wellness class per week.

The project will focus on three key areas: Self-Love, to let go of shame, anger, blame and to feel at peace, learning to accept themselves and others, even fighting depression; Breathing, to improve their health and manage their stress and learn self control; and Mindfulness (mindful eating to mindful nature walks), to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.

"We go to school from the age of two, hoping that the education system is going to help prepare us for our future,” said Aksoy Berkin, “but nobody is teaching us how to live, how to breathe, how to be mindful and how to love ourselves, as these are things that are essential to be a happy adult in the future. Kids never learn in schools the fact that people can’t love others without loving themselves first. Focusing on physical and mental wellness at such an early age is so important that it can even help decrease the worldwide depression and obesity rates, even future crime rates.’’

Aksoy Berkin’s dream of a day to celebrate wellness has inspired an international network of more than 86 volunteer Global Wellness Day Ambassadors, three advisors and 23 key supporters to organise complimentary wellness events around the planet.

This year, Nepal, South Korea, Norway, Macedonia, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, and Montenegro have joined the list of countries that will celebrate GWS.

“In an era where global consumer culture is mostly damaging the concept of childhood and kids are ending up unhappy and unsatisfied, we want to teach children how to integrate wellness practices into their lives on a daily basis and to carry on those practices throughout their lives,” Aksoy Berkin said.

Below is a sampling of celebrations planned for Saturday, June 9, 2018 – which range from entire cities joining together with family friendly wellness activities to hotels and community centres offering complementary activities, ranging from forest bathing to drum circle ceremonies to Tai Chi and junior chef challenges.

Brazil – Always a supporter of kid’s health GWD team is creating a school program that will include; dancing classes, environmental management and sustainable agriculture, plastic bottle collection, healthy food menus at school cafeterias and meditation classes led by the All Mind Alive NGO. GWD will also focus on the food options of the school canteens (snacks and meals) and cooperate with all Mind Alive NGO (meditation for kids).

Nepal – 2018 will be the first year of GWD in Nepal. A Buddhist teacher will give a short talk on compassion in action and a popular traditional Nepali Band will play. The team will distribute 100 kid-friendly animal-themed potted plants for each child to take home and nurture for 5 years, and then those 100 plants will be planted in a community forest with the help of Wild Life Conservation Nepal (WCN). The NGO will also begin implementing the GWD Kids Project in the seven preschool and secondary schools they currently work with.

United Kingdom – GWD will be hosting community-wide outdoor exercise classes and family picnic lunches in Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall. To encourage better posture – which is so needed with today’s texting and video game playing children – a Pilates in the Park sponsored event is being organised for children in the local area. Students at the University of Derby – home to a top spa programme – have prepared a celebration event program that focuses on the GWD 7 Step Manifesto.

Hungary – GWD celebration activities will focus on wellness lifestyle, healthy dining and healing water in 2018. The GWD team is going to cooperate with elementary schools, gymnastic classes and sport / fitness groups. Some of the institutions that will involve kids activities are; IWI - International Wellness Institute, Hungarian Dietetic Association (MDOSZ), Vajk-sziget Általános Iskola (Elementary School Budapest), Nyolcütem az Ifjúságért Egyesület (Julianna Református Általános Iskola).

Mexico – There will be three large GWD celebrations in Mexico this year: in San Miguel de Allende, San Luis Potosi and Tecate, home of destination spa Rancho La Puerta. This is the third year Tecate has hosted an event, with over 1,500 attendees – many families with children – expected.

Serbia – GWD’s main event will be held at the main square, Mountain Zlatibor, and the activities will include a pop music concert “Blaza i kljunovi,” games for children and Ethno dance. Indoor and outdoor activities will also be held at Health Center Cigota – Mountain Zlatibor. There will also be a workshop to prevent and inform people about the treatment of obesity in children.

Singapore - A host of children’s activities are planned at a Wellness Village known as ‘Horse City’, including babies and kids swimming lessons, golf training, horse riding lessons, art centre, martial art centre and as well as yoga, spa, mountain biking, dancing and fitness classes.

Colombia – Thanks to the support of governmental entities such as Procolombia, the PTP of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Governorships and City Halls and different wellness entrepreneurs, a range of colourful GWD celebration events will take place in this “Country of Good Living.” Activities dedicated especially to children will include yoga, meditation, hiking, fitness and ancestral rituals.

Russia – A series of events for kids is being planned including free dance therapy classes and consultations with family psychologists as well as wellness enlightenment lectures.

Turkey – Kucukciftlik Park in Istanbul is getting ready for another massive all-day celebration with yoga, Pilates, Zumba workshops, healthy lifestyle seminars with best-selling authors and kids activities such as basketball, Zumba, painting and a musical concert to end the day. The GWD event hosted more than 7,000 people last year with even more planning to attend this year.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Global Wellness Day – an international celebration offering a range of free health and wellness activities to the public – will be celebrated this year in more than 4,000 locations in 100 countries on 9 June.
HAF,SAB,CPW,CAS,EVT
Belgin Aksoy Berkin, founder of Global Wellness Day, has developed a curriculum for the children’s project that can be implemented in the 2018/2019 school year
SportSoft UK Ltd
SportSoft UK Ltd

News

DW Fitness First is introducing a new water-based HIIT class in order to cater to
Speaking at the annual Legend customer day at the NEC today, Sport England’s executive director
Fitness operator Equinox will move further into the lifestyle space with the launch of bespoke
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has published a new technology masterplan for the
US fitness brand Peloton has launched into the UK, marking the occasion with a three-week
The ukactive Research Institute has announced plans to make all academic research it conducts available
Perfect Gym Solutions SA.
Perfect Gym Solutions SA.
DW Fitness First is introducing a new water-based HIIT class in order to cater to
Water safety charity The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has named Jo Talbot
Group fitness classes and adrenaline sports are among those benefiting from increases in interest, as
Meadowbank Stadium and sports centre in Edinburgh, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1970, is
Exeter City Council has published a new corporate strategy and 'emerging vision' for 2040, with
New research into the mental health benefits of swimming has been released by Swim England,
More than six million people in the UK could be living or contemplating a life
Focus Training
Focus Training
DW Fitness First is introducing a new water-based HIIT class in order to cater to
Leisure Media, publisher of business to business magazines for the global leisure industries, such as
Space Cycle, the boutique cycle brand in China which received backing of US$15m (£11.5m) from
An online platform has been launched that enables health and fitness operators to access quotes
SportSoft UK Ltd
SportSoft UK Ltd
1 - 15 of 10,489
Features
Report
We investigated the typical day for young offenders in prison and found they were typically locked up and inactive for 22 hours a day - Dr Phillip Lee MP
Features
Supplier showcase
GoCardless & Speedflex
Features
feature
How far is the health club industry from completing its evolution from a niche sector to a mass mainstream movement?
Features
feature
The IHRSA European Congress, which takes place next month in Lisbon, Portugal, is a must-attend, must-experience event for industry leaders doing business in Europe says IHRSA’s Kristen Walsh
Features
feature
Calisthenics: is it just for hardmen, or is it an alternative activity that could appeal to your crossfitters or those in your free weights area? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Tech
Body composition analysers are an excellent way to differentiate your club, as well as help your members get results. Kath Hudson reports
Features
New trends
A combination of being hunched over desks and dynamic workouts have led to a new trend in assisted stretching studios. Is this the next big thing and should health club operators be adding it for their members? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Floatation
Scientists believe floatation therapy could be a shortcut to meditation and much more than just a relaxation amenity for health clubs. Niamh Madigan dives in to find out more
Features
Cycling
A new age of indoor cycling is upon us, characterised by a more diverse range of bikes and consumers. Steph Eaves breaks down the options in this two-part series
Features
IHRSA update
Kristen Walsh, associate publisher at IHRSA, reveals the top performing health club operators in the US, Canada and Latin America
Features
News report
A disused tower block in central São Paulo has been converted into a vibrant fitness, sport and leisure destination for the city, as Kim Megson reports
Features
People
People profile
We don’t sell the transformational dream: our core message to people is the importance of creating a new lifestyle and being fit for life
People
People profile
We've incorporated mental health and wellbeing into the whole Mindset experience
People
People profile
Bear Grylls and Chris St George both served in the British Army. Their experience, combined with a results-driven offering, will engage people in exercise - Dave Stalker
People
Profile
We’re focusing on a clustering strategy to ensure our members have got the choice and convenience of having a club near to home and also one which is near to where they work
People
people
We’re offering members the convenience of having a workout and a chance to shop in a lively, welcoming environment
People
people
Physical activity needs to be recognised as a ‘vital sign’ that health professionals ask people about at every medical consultation
People
people
The drive behind everything we do is to help our patients get better. Whether that means climbing Everest, or climbing the stairs
People
people
Performance is about how you truly ignite a human being, so they want to eat well, have self-discipline and exercise and can find the motivation by focusing on the outcomes they want
People
People profile
There’s no doubt in my mind that training outdoors is a huge mood booster, and a better mood will always result in a better workout
People
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: FitQuest announces new global distributors
FitQuest, industry leaders in human performance monitoring, has joined forces with fitness distibutors Gympac, I AM FIT in Portugal and Fitness Systems.
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: MoveGB brings guest pass into 21st century with new Discovery tool
The ‘free guest pass’ is now a cornerstone of most fitness operators’ acquisition practises. But is it effective to engage a new audience?
Company profiles
Company profile: Active IQ
Active IQ is the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the active leisure sector. The range ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Legend Club Management Systems (UK) Ltd
Legend provides the leading software solution for driving improvements in leisure operations. We deliver savings ...
Directory
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Computer solutions
SportSoft UK Ltd: Computer solutions
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Lockers
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Audio visual
Lightmasters UK Ltd: Audio visual
Property & Tenders
White Rocks, Hastings
GVA
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
31 Oct - 01 Nov 2018
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-27 Nov 2018
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Job search
Active IQ
Active IQ