Indy company creates wellness workplace for employees

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A company on Indy’s north side will offer its employees new wellness perks when its new office opens Monday.

UBS, a financial firm at Keystone at the Crossing, will have treadmill and standing desks, water refill stations and outdoor terraces.

The company hopes the new employee-focused space will attract and retain the some of the best workers in the industry.

“Well I think just having the wellness room all together, it’s not just for moms but for anyone who needs a break to get away to be able to meditate,” said Kristin Popovic, assistant marketing head. “If I needed to get away, if my children happen to come into the office we have a changing table.”

 

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Belvidere School District Will Open Employee Wellness Center

The Belvidere School District will open a health and wellness center for its employees July 10 in a district building at Sixth Street and East Avenue.  

It will be operated by Activate Healthcare and provide several services to employees who accept the district’s insurance program, the Rockford Register Star reports.

Unlimited primary care services, annual health assessments, health coaching, and generic medications are included at no cost. 

Officials hope the clinic can put a dent in the district’s annual $8.5 million in insurance costs.  Winnebago County and the City of Rockford have opened similar wellness centers for their employees.  

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Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness Opens Nanjing Location « D Healthcare Daily

Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness Opens Nanjing Location

Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness Center, a nonprofit research and education organization for preventive medicine, opened its first China location in Nanjing Sunday. Cooper founder Dr. Kenneth Cooper, his son Tyler Cooper, and Keith Blue, executive leaders at Cooper, attended the opening ceremony.

The health and wellness organization opened an international location in order to “help the people of China achieve good health by 2030.” According to the Cooper center, more than 300 million Chinese citizens are now obese, with diabetes becoming an epidemic in the East Asian country.

Cooper’s Nanjing center includes a conference center, fitness center, and a training and education facility. It spans 40 acres and is separated into seven feature zones.

They include: a welcome zone, including Cooper’s history and mantra; a learning zone, including certification courses and fitness programs; a testing zone, with physical and wellness evaluation equipment; a mini-Cooper zone, featuring Cooper’s business model for partners and investors; an experience zone, where the fitness center is located; a nutrition zone, where members can learn about healthy living; and the Cooper HUB, where members can gather in a co-working space.

New Brigantine Green Team health and wellness committee to present series of expos | News

The Brigantine Green Team’s latest initiative is the establishment of a health and wellness committee that incorporates programming into the weekly farmers market to help raise awareness about the link between personal wellness and environmental sustainability.

The farmers market is held 8:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday at Haneman Park, 15th Street South and Revere Boulevard. John Addrizzo, a Green Team member since its May 2013 inception, inspired the new health and wellness programming and is the committee chairman.

The programming includes a three-part series of wellness expos at the farmers market taking place June 17, July 15 and Aug. 12. Fitness and nutrition professionals from AtlantiCare and Brigantine Physical Therapy and Fitness will offer free chair massages, tips on healthy eating and physical activity, and general wellness counseling and seminars.

“They’ll talk about workout routines, diet plans, stances on nutrients and their benefits, and opportunities to commute via bicycle or by walking that people don’t often think about, but can add greatly to a person’s overall well being,” Addrizzo said.

“My personal passion is personal health and wellness,” continued Addrizzo, whose 20-plus career in the pharmaceutical industry included consumer marketing and patient-support programs that he said “not only helps patients use pharmaceutical products as prescribed, but also to live healthier lives.”

One of the committee’s main objectives is to raise awareness of the correlation between a person’s physical health and general environmental wellness, he said.

“A lot of times they very much go hand in hand,” he said. “Study after study has shown that societies that eat the most plant-based diets live the longest and are the most healthy, and also have the lowest negative impact on the environment.”

He said the environmental benefits of plant-based diets include less consumption of water and fuel needed to feed and raise animals for market; reduction of chemical pesticides and fertilizers used to produce animal feed that ends up in the water and food supplies of humans; and a reduction of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions associated with raising livestock.

A second component to the committee is a biweekly series Addrizzo is calling Active Awareness that will take place the second and fourth Wednesday of every month through October. Volunteers will meet 6 p.m. at the Shark Park recreational area, 26th Street and Ocean Avenue, for light physical activity and to help beautify the island. The next one is set for June 28.

“It’s really just an opportunity for people to get active, be more social, and to be aware of the beautiful environment we have here in Brigantine,” he said. “It isn’t only about having a good active walk, but we pick up litter as we pass it. You can bring your own bag or we’ll supply them.”

The Green Team is involved in the ACUA’s Adopt-a-Road program and has adopted Brigantine Avenue from the Lighthouse Circle through 14th Street South, Addrizzo said.

“That will be one of the locations we walk and clean, but it will be on a rotating basis. Sometimes we’ll clean the beach, sometimes Ocean Avenue, sometimes Brigantine Avenue. And the more volunteers we get each week at Shark Park, the more areas we can clean.”

Kiesler Wellness Center opens doors to new hope | Local

“We’re going to save lives in ways they haven’t been saved before.”

Clearly overwhelmed with excitement, Kiesler Wellness Center co-director Amanda Okech explained the basic mission of the new community collaborative mental health recovery center during a recognition ceremony for donors, founders and members Wednesday, June 14.

“The beauty of this building will remind people they are of worth,” added Okech of the Kiesler Wellness Center.

Excited to showcase the $3.9 million project to the community for the first time, Okech and co-director Steven Loney welcomed an impressed crowd in the facility’s massive great room.

Loney applauded benefactors for funding a place that will warmly welcome those who walk in and connect them with the resources they need to improve their lives.

This new person-centered focus, Loney and Okech explained, will build on the strengths of individuals, “to add beauty, structure to a person’s life” because when people know they have worth, “lives skyrocket.”

Building off the former Kiesler Clubhouse model of peer-driven, community-supported recovery, the new Kiesler Wellness Center was created to be a resource hub where community members can come together to find and share resources and connect people to the mental health services, education and employment opportunities they need. It is also intended to grow friendships and spread hope.

A few Kiesler Clubhouse members spoke during Wednesday’s event about what the program has done to improve their situations and what they envision it doing for others going forward.

“Kiesler is a life wellness center because it saves your life,” said Michael Winterringer who described members as a family. “This is going to be a place ‘where everyone knows your name.’ It will be used well.”

The new facility is a massive improvement from the former Kiesler Clubhouse location which was much too small to accommodate programming that continues to expand with both need and innovative ideas.

The campus approach at the new center will offer various opportunities for personal growth. With the large, comfortable meeting room at the center, it also features a library and reading nook, art room, shop room, conference areas, rec room and game area, outdoor patio and commercial kitchen with café-style eating area. The Community Café will now be serving the weekly free community dinners on Tuesday and Thursday from the Kiesler Wellness Center kitchen.

The namesake of the clubhouse, and now the center, was the late Dr. Frank Kiesler who helped hundreds of people in the Grand Rapids area with their mental health needs for decades. The psychiatrist and university professor passed away in 2001. His daughter, Anne (Kiesler) Johnson, attended the recognition event Wednesday and spoke about her father’s idea that it takes everyone in the community to come together to help those suffering from illness.

A public grand-opening and ribbon-cutting event will be held Monday, June 19, starting at noon.

Kiesler Wellness Center is located at 3130 SE Second Avenue in Grand Rapids (directly east of Wal-Mart).

Wellness for all: The fight for medical care wages on with Action Wellness leading the charge | News

Around this time last year, the non-profit organization Action Wellness, formerly known as ActionAIDS, underwent a rebrand.

“Today, the reality is that people with AIDS can achieve wellness.” That was the message delivered by Kevin Burns, the organization’s executive director. “We didn’t want this rebranding and renaming process to make people with HIV feel that we were abandoning them. We want to expand and provide more services for them as well as for other people with chronic illness.”

Now as the LGBT+ community celebrates pride month, Kevin Burns and his team at Action Wellness, continue the fight to provide medical care to those suffering from HIV/AIDS and chronic illnesses.

“We have to celebrate what we have accomplished, but then recommit to resisting and continuing to stand up for what we know is right,” said Burns, who has been with the organization on one capacity or another for the past 28 years.


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Kevin Burns, executive director of Action Wellness which provides care to those with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. 

Founded in 1986, Action Wellness serves approximately 4,000 people per year and has a range of free medical and social services available for those living with or predisposed to HIV/AIDS as well as other chronic illnesses. Services include: case management, medical and pregnancy care, emotional support, employment and educational resources, and a prison program for those incarcerated or released.

One of the latest programs is Club 1509, which focuses on providing men and transgender people of color preventative medication against HIV, as well as  educational, housing, and employment resources.

“Those are populations that experience a lot of stigma and have a lot of historical issues trusting medical providers as well as social service providers,” Burns said. “So it is a population that has been traumatized, if you will, so they need more support to first off, feel entitled to services.”

A noble concept considering the CDC reported that in 2015, Black and African American gay and bisexual men made up the largest number of HIV diagnoses (10,315) in the United States. HIV can still be a deadly disease, especially if people are not able to access the care needed, a message that Burns admitted could be better publicized. In the CDC report, 1.1 million Americans are estimated to be living with HIV, and 1-in-7 are unaware of their HIV positive status. According to the report, HIV directly caused 6,721 deaths in 2014.

Burns described the services Action Wellness provides to combat the spread of HIV as a “holistic” approach to treating patients.

“Most of our clients are living significantly below the poverty level,” Burns explained. “Finding safe, affordable housing for people is a top priority for us, because if they are living on the streets or in shelters, they are not likely staying connected with primary care, they are not likely taking their medications. Poor people with chronic illness, they are also more disproportionately represented with HIV. A lot of folks, who keep me awake at night, are HIV positive and don’t know it, because they are not getting treatment and they are not going to achieve that chronic illness sort of status with HIV.”

Another thing keeping Burns awake at night are the proposed budget cuts the Trump Administration have made to federally fund these types of services. Action Wellness lobbies congress 2-3 times a year with CAEAR Coalition, a national advocacy organization for emergency AIDS relief. While the organization usually heads to Washington, D.C., this summer they will lobby congress members when they are back in Philadelphia on break. Now, their main goal is to secure level funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a federal fund for HIV-related services.

But to that, Burns responded:  “We are holding our breath.”

According to Burns and Sarah DeLaurentis, director of development and communications, Action Wellness has focused on supplementing from government contracts with grants from private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. DeLaurentis explained that they accept individual donations and their biggest fundraising event is Dining Out For Life, a citywide event where participating restaurants donate a third of their proceeds from the day. The projected amount from the annual April event seems to be around $200,000, in line with what they have raised in the past.

When asked what motivated Burns to work in this career field, he said, “Very early in the epidemic and all through the early years, I lost a lot of very dear friends to AIDS.” Before becoming an employee, he volunteered in the buddy program, which provides one-on-one emotional and practical care, to “memorialize” those he lost. “When I was a case manager [at Action Wellness], it was not unusual to have two or three clients a week die…[but] we are not about to give up. We are not about to fold.”

Action Wellness will have an information table at the Philly Pride Parade on Sunday. For more information about the organization and its various locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, visit actionwellness.org.

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The Problem Is ‘Wellness,’ Not Gwyneth Paltrow, Part II – The Forward

So Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a silly-sounding, outrageously-priced, somewhat disorganized-sounding health event. So what?, you might ask. The stakes are the highly profitable wellness industry, of which this event was a high-profile part. Most obviously, where there is “wellness,” all too often, there is pseudoscience.

In the New York Post, Maureen Callahan describes what happened when Dr. Habib Sadeghi spoke at the event, referring to himself (!) as “‘probably one of the most authentic human beings you will ever meet’”:

About 50 women, most exasperated, streamed out during his lecture, and it’s not hard to see why: By middle age, most everyone has had an experience with catastrophic illness, and there’s no reconciling Sadeghi’s nonsense with that.

Indeed. While people dealing with serious illness can be vulnerable to promises of miracle cures, experience in that area can also make a person skeptical bordering on furious at a certain type of pseudo-medical snake oil pitch.

But there are other, more intersectional, issues with “wellness.” For these, I return to Lindy West’s Guardian story:

You can’t honestly address “wellness” – the things people need to be well – without addressing poverty and systemic racism, disability access and affordable healthcare, paid family leave and food insecurity, contraception and abortion, sex work and the war against drugs and mass incarceration. Unless, of course, you are only talking about the wellness of people whose lives are untouched by all of those forces. That is, the wellness of people who are disproportionately well already.

This is both a comprehensive and correct list of progressive concerns circa now, and maybe a strange criticism of a daylong celebrity lifestyle-blogger event costing “between $500 and $1500.” The event didn’t promise to “honestly address ‘wellness,’” or not in any meaningful sense. If it had – if panelists had discussed “food insecurity” and “mass incarceration” – the only way anyone would have paid up is if there were a liberal arts degree at the end of it.

But West is right to criticize Goopian “wellness” in systemic terms. I’d push that point further: The concept of “wellness” – the industry, so to speak – extends far beyond the sort of people whose lives are so blissfully problem-free that they can afford to worry about pseudo-health concerns. (Nor is pseudoscience automatically innocuous when practiced by the rich. See: anti-vaxxers.)“Wellness” – in its incarnations more affordable than a Gwyneth event – becomes an imagined substitute for health care. For a food system with affordable and available produce. For walkable and bikeable communities. “Wellness” is about holding the individual solely responsible for his or her wellbeing, such that if you get sick, surely it’s your own damn fault for choosing a soda over a green juice, or for refusing to pay up for cosmetics promising “clean” ingredients. It is, in sum, about blaming poor people for getting sick, while treating the consumption habits of the rich as something for which they should be congratulated. (See Minh-Ha T. Pham on the stigmatization of fast fashion.)

Actual wellbeing and “wellness” are two different things. “Wellness” is for California beach Instagram. It’s model Camille Rowe – like Paltrow, an admitted smoker — starring in a series of videos called “What On Earth Is Wellness?” for British Vogue. You’re “well” if you have long, shiny blond hair (is there maybe a racist component to this?) and a certain physique. That is, that’s whose face gets plastered on wellness marketing.

Where I part ways from West is that I don’t much would change if Paltrow were to ritualistically acknowledge her frankly rather hard-to-miss and deeply capitalized-upon whiteness and privilege. She would still have these traits, and would go on profiting from them. A society where being thin, white and born to well-connected parents were not advantages would be a better one, yes. But the place to start is not by expecting someone who benefits more from these factors than most — and who, yes, also seems plenty hard-working — to have all that much interest in that fight.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at [email protected] She is the author of “The Perils Of ‘Privilege’”, from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter, @tweetertation

‘A Cure For Wellness’ Composer Benjamin Wallfisch on Hans Zimmer’s Advice and Embracing Technology

Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Benjamin Wallfisch is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation, with a career spanning over a decade and 60 feature films. He has composed music for such legendary film makers as Steven Spielberg, Rupert Wyatt, Gore Verbinksi and Lars von Trier, and has worked on scores that have been recognized with awards and nominations at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and World Soundtrack Awards.

Wallfisch fit us into his extremely busy schedule and we were happy to have any time with this dynamic composer. We asked him about Verbinski’s thriller A Cure For Wellness and the sensational Hidden Figures — both now on Blu-ray/VOD — as well as insight into how he works.

The Film Stage: I first heard your name when your music was featured on a friend’s film score radio show: Tim Burden’s Movie Magic. In short, “Conquest 1453” just blew me away. It’s a tremendous score – where did that come from and how was the feedback from it?

Benjamin WallfischThank you! A sound designer friend of mine was working on this very ambitious indie movie about the fall of Constantinople — he called me up to see if I’d be interested in meeting the director. He described it as an old-school epic war movie and was a lot of fun — the brief was to bring the grandeur of one of my favorite scores, Miklós Rózsa’s genius Ben-Hur, into the 21st Century. I had a great time and it led to some other interesting projects.

Which of your scores do you feel most closely represents you as an artist? 

For me (and I think for many of my colleagues) it’s your last score that best represents you at any given moment. I say that because writing over the years is a constant process of creative discovery, challenging everything you did last time so your music evolves and there’s always something new and vivid to say.

A Cure for Wellness had a sort of out-of-tune music box and young girl lullaby that was a prominent instrument in the score. In any genre, it seems there are certain things you can’t get away from using. So do you look at music from the standpoint of what the studio expects, or what the audience expects?

Early on in the movie Lockhart’s mother gives him a small music box, with a handprinted ballerina that sits atop it — the first time we hear Hannah’s theme is in fact played by this music box on screen, as his mother winds it up and plays the tune for him, just as she tells him he won’t come back from his trip to Switzerland. Then later in the film, when we first meet the mysterious young girl called Hannah, she is humming the same melody; it’s her voice that you hear in the score — first heard on screen. It’s mysterious to Lockhart that she knows the tune, and he asks her where she learnt it… a question that remains unanswered. Hannah’s theme is something in the air that ties the key characters together, both onscreen through the music box and Hannah’s own singing, and also under the surface of the story. It was important for that melody to have a strange ‘false smile’ about it — a perfection of form in terms of symmetry, but always performed in a way that’s not quite right. It creates an interesting tension between the ideas of purity and malevolence, and how in the wrong hands there is sometimes a fine line between the two.

In terms of which standpoint I adopt when writing, all musical decisions are driven by story. The only expectations I try to fulfill are those of the film-makers, and the first stage in the process for me is always to try to absorb all I can about the director’s point of view and start to figure out how can I contribute to it musically.

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It’s been said that studios these days don’t want a true “theme.” I find that odd, as I am a fan of big meaningful scores, and not wallpaper music. But since you’re in the industry, what’s the current vibe, and are themes making a comeback?

It’s interesting you say that as to be honest I’ve never come across that attitude in any of the projects I’ve worked on. For all of my scores to date I’ve been asked by the filmmakers and the studio to create strong themes, and it’s something I love to do. It goes without saying that melody is among our most potent tools as composers. Creating a theme or set of themes that feel truly integrated into the DNA of the movie is often the first thing I’ll present to my director — it’s always a great starting-off point. Of course, depending on the movie and what it needs, a theme can be as simple as a two or three note motif, right through to a complex extended melody. But from my own standpoint, thematic writing is very much alive and well.

I’m in architecture, and we can endlessly tweak things because being “done” with something is a matter or perception and personal taste, especially when presenting to a client. So when do you view something as done?

When it’s in theaters! Of course, most of the time the score is done once it’s recorded with live orchestra and mixed. But it’s very important to me to give my film-makers total flexibility throughout the process, right to the very end. No ask is too big, even after we’ve scored with live orchestra. If something isn’t quite working, or there’s a better idea to explore, as long as we are literally not yet in theaters, it’s important to always find a way. For example, in a movie I recently finished, we completely re-crafted an entire set-piece cue in the very last day of our final dub, because of a new idea the director had. It was a case of constructing a new piece of music from various stems of other cues, and re-crafting other sections using samples, and in the end it worked so much better. So whilst that situation is unusual, you have to be open to it. Technology allows us as composers to give our clients total creative freedom and I embrace that as much as possible, within the time-frame we are given.

Tell us about how you like to work. What do you draw from the most on any project: the script, the director, an actor, or a scene, or something else?

It always starts with a blank piece of paper, and a story. But after that the process is unique for each project. Sometimes I’m asked to come on board months before a frame of the movie is shot; other times I’m brought in with literally tw0 weeks before the scoring date with orchestra… and of course there is everything between those two extremes. Scripts are helpful for preparing for a first meeting with a new director, but it’s the film itself that has to guide you. My great hero John Williams famously never reads scripts, preferring to be guided purely by what’s on screen, and that makes total sense.

It can be one or many things that spark an idea: the rhythm of the cut, a particular nuance in an actor’s performance, a huge set-piece sequence that just screams out for a particular type of theme or musical concept, the visual tone/color choices, the list goes on. But what unifies all of this is story. Everything stems from that, and I’ve been lucky to work with some incredibly inspiring directors who each have a unique way of communicating their stories. The blank piece of paper at the beginning of the process is so important as it enables each score to be entirely bespoke and unique – it’s important to have no pre-conceptions, and to live dangerously.

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Talk to us about the importance of orchestration – how through collaboration, an idea can go from notes on a paper to coming alive through a studio orchestra. Also, what parts of the process do you trust to others?

The orchestration process often starts very early on when writing, with the orchestral synth demos we present to the film makers and other collaborators. Everything is mocked up to a very high level using orchestral samples, so we are making key orchestration decisions sometimes many months before we actually get in a room with the live orchestra.

To allow my director and other film makers maximum time for creative changes, I normally only allow around 10-14 days of final orchestration time before the orchestral recordings. With often between 80-100 minutes of music to be orchestrated in that timeframe, it requires a team of highly skilled orchestrators whom I supervise to pull that off. I have a fantastic lead orchestrator who I send my finished demos to, and he has a team around him to make it happen. He’ll send every orchestrated cue to me as a Sibelius file, I’ll change things as needed, and then send off the proof-read score to the music prep team, who then prints everything for the scoring sessions.

I always work solo when composing, unless it’s a co-composing situation like Hidden Figures, but when we come closer to the recordings I have an extensive music production team around me who I’ve now worked with for many years. They make sure everything comes together beautifully for the recording sessions, the preparations for which involving orchestration and copying, preparing extensive stems for each cue, click tracks, mix templates and also making sure everything is conformed to the latest version of the cut.

They say that your first answer is usually your best answer. When writing music, how many times have you or the director come back to what you first came up with? Beyond that, what has changed the most from start to finish?

When a piece of music really works against picture, there is often a kind of instinctive feeling that it’s right — I think as composers we all strive to create scores that somehow feel like they’ve existed ‘from the beginning’ with a particular movie, even if the music comes at the very end of the process. Sometimes that happens straight away, with a theme or musical concept that just undeniably works; other times it can take weeks or even months of iteration before you finally discover ‘the one’ – a musical approach that just feels inevitable to the picture.

I’m very fortunate to count Hans Zimmer as my friend and mentor, and one of the things he once said that has stuck with me is how you sometimes have to allow a core musical idea to ‘creep up on you.’ I sometimes spend long hours cranking away at a particular idea which I think is going to be ‘the one’ for a particular cue or theme, only to discover that through that process I’ve uncovered something completely different; a concept or motif that would never have occurred to me at the beginning that works so much better than the original concept. So the days of work gets canned in favor of that new discovery, which can be exhilarating. So I guess it’s being open to that sense of adventure when writing – living dangerously and constantly striving and examining what you’re doing, to make sure it really is living intrinsically within the world of the movie and story you are scoring.

A Cure for Wellness and Hidden Figures are now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


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Wellness Takes To The Water

As the travel industry heads full steam into embracing the wellness sector, catering to demand and looking to attract the growing legions of wellness-minded travelers, its giving new meaning to the word “hydrotherapy.” 

The lakefront Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas, for example, launched a new water-focused program, called the Ripple Effect, on Memorial Day weekend. It offers guests a dozen water activities, from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, from meditation on water to wake surfing.

On the seas, too, “wellness on water” initiatives are proliferating. Here are a few new ones:

Uniworld expands partnership with Butterfield & Robinson
This spring Uniworld announced it is expanding its partnership with Butterfield & Robinson by introducing 2018 itineraries along the Rhine River. The new, seven-night “port and pedal” program will run in May, June and September 2018 aboard the S.S. Antoinette, a vessel with 67 uniquely decorated staterooms and suites that Uniworld calls its first “Super Ship.”

The ship will depart from Basel, Switzerland with port stops through France and Germany and daily biking excursions along the 600 miles of river bends and bike trails, exploring terraced wine regions, medieval castles and UNESCO heritage site. The two companies first partnered in 2016 with the offering of the cycling program on Danube and Rhone itineraries.

Oceania Cruises new tours and comp wellness offerings
Earlier this year, Miami-based Oceania Cruises introduced Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch, a series designed to extend the wellness experience from ship to shore. The inaugural tour debuted in April, and 2017 destinations include France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Oceania also has unveiled a wide range of complimentary wellness options aboard six of its ships sailing to more than 370 ports around the globe. Wellness-minded passengers now have access to the complimentary use of the gym and fitness facilities in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, plus complimentary access to more than two dozen fitness and wellness classes with professional instructors.

Wellness instructor on select AMAWaterways sailings
Continuing to expand and enhance existing wellness-focused offerings, AmaWaterways is “testing the waters” on a new initiative that launched in April.

The seven-night program includes a dedicated wellness instructor and four to six scheduled daily fitness activities including group yoga, running and tai-chi classes. Available onboard the 158-passenger AmaLyra, the new initiative is an added feature on select Paris to Normandy itineraries. 

The program expands on existing wellness-type offerings currently available, such as biking and hiking tours on European itineraries throughout the fleet, as well as healthy food options for various dietary preferences, plus a  “healthy corner” for breakfast smoothies.

New cruise line for the active, environmentally-conscious
Billing itself as the “first cruise line for active, environmentally-conscious consumers,” Miami-based Blue World Voyage is looking to make its debut in May 2018.

Company founder and CEO Gene Meehan, a biking and rowing enthusiast, and founder of multiple health clubs and gyms, says the new cruise line will be guided by the principles of sustainable tourism. The leadership team also includes a former fitness pro from Canyon Ranch and a Miami chef known for his farm-to-table cuisine.

According to a news release, Blue World Voyages will introduce a “distinctly different concept focused on wellness, personal health, thinking green and passengers as partners.”  The company is inviting passengers to become owners by purchasing one of 26 onboard suites. Itineraries are still in development. 

Whether on land or at sea, Clapoff points out that “even if getting IN or being ON the water is not your ‘thing,’ then simply looking at the water has healing and medicinal effects that could improve your mental health.”

San Antonio Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 17

San Antonio Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 17

News 4 San Antonio, FOX San Antonio, and the CW 35 will hold our fourth annual Health & Wellness Expo on June 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This is free event open to the public.

Our featured speakers will be Jen Rulon, 11-time ‘Iron Man’ Competitor and Triathlete Coach and former NFL running back Priest Holmes!

Our stations are committed to promoting a healthier community by building partnerships with health care providers, businesses, and non-profit organizations in order to motivate consumers to take actions and make healthier living choices.

The News 4 San Antonio, FOX San Antonio, and the CW 35 Health and Wellness Expo will offer a myriad of exhibits, activities, and demonstrations that entertain, engage, and empower the families of San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Plus, there’s more! One lucky attendee will win a choice of a Florida Beach Experience or Napa Valley Getaway! Each Trip includes round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations!