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GWI announces new Wellness Calendar

GWI announces new Wellness Calendar

The Global Wellness Institute has just released a new tool that hopes to encourage wellness in the workplace – the 2019 Wellness Moonshot Calendar.

The GWI’s Wellness Moonshot is an initiative to eradicate preventable, chronic diseases by inciting multi-level action and collaboration in order to build a healthier world. The calendar is the Moonshot’s latest phase, providing a call to action to create healthier cultures within companies and workplaces everywhere. In order to participate, businesses simply pledge a $100 donation to the non-profit and they will receive an inspiring 2019 calendar complete with tangible monthly ideas, tips and information to engage their employees around a particular wellness theme. For example, January focused on awareness, while February focuses on actions and ideas to create a “well heart.”

The calendar was designed by Jessica Jesse, CEO of BuDhaGirl; an accessory and lifestyle brand with a focus on introducing meditation, mindfulness and wellness rituals into daily life. The Moonshot Calendar revolves around the cycles of the full moon, the period of the lunar cycle that emits the most vibrant energy, said to inspire new ideas and habits. Yesterday’s carefully selected launch date coincides with the largest full moon of 2019, which will shine 30% brighter than usual.

Renee Moorefield, chair of the GWI’s Wellness at Work Initiative, CEO of the leadership development firm Wisdom Works, and the expert curating the calendar’s monthly tips and information, said “If you really want to move the needle on preventable disease and create high employee engagement, you must create an everyday culture of wellbeing at work. The Wellness Moonshot Calendar gives leaders fresh and practical ideas every month to realise the kind of work environment where people bring their best, and leave work more well, happier and more capable than when they arrived.”

“We know that The Wellness Moonshot Calendar can have an exponentially growing impact: our goal is to get the leaders of hundreds of thousands of organisations to commit to healthier work cultures, and they can then in turn impact the employees they supervise in a meaningful way,” says Susie Ellis, GWI chairman and CEO. “We want to give every organisation—large or small—a monthly roadmap for meaningful change, because the beauty of this program is that anyone within any company or community can implement The Wellness Moonshot Calendar and impact their circle of influence.”

Current sponsors of the Wellness Moonshot Calendar and their respective focus areas include Tower Companies (the heart), Biologique Recherce (the brain), [ comfort zone ] (“go green”), MINDBODY (move), Rancho Sante Fe Foundation (kids),  Delos (sleep), BuDhaGirl (joy) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (gratitude).

As reported by the GWI, roughly 70% of all deaths each year are a result of preventable diseases (CDC) and the global price tag of largely preventable chronic diseases could reach a crippling $47 trillion by 2030 (World Economic Forum).