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Wellness for a healthier and more sustainable world

Nerio Alessandri Founder and President
of the Wellness Foundation
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Milano Wellness City 2030

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Wellness Education

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Promoting Wellness Communities around the world

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Wellness, a priority for policy makers

Bill Clinton at the Wellness Congress 2012
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Wellness Campus, where the Wellness vision comes to life

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Educating younger generations to healthy lifestyles

Since 2003 the Wellness Foundation has been raising awareness of Wellness around the world. We advocate for more active lifestyles and healthier communities.
Health is Wealth
Wellness is a social opportunity and today even more a priority: 

  • for people to stay healthy and live better and longer,

  • for companies and organizations to improve productivity and realize the full potential of their staff, 

  • and for Governments to implement cost-effective and sustainable public health programs focused on prevention.

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Wellness every day, everywhere

Wellness is a lifestyle choice that all of us can make. It increases quality of life and has a positive impact on both physical and mental health. Regular exercise is the key to chronic disease prevention. Research shows that physical activity also contributes to improving self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and mental energy, as well as relieving stress and anxiety.

A lifestyle that can be adopted at any age and in any place based on:

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Regular physical exercise

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A healthy diet

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A positive mental approach

The Wellness Economy is the evolution of the Green Economy: a new vision for development that focuses on people and their health to create more equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies.

Health is Wealth
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Wellness Valley, the first district of Wellness 

Since 2003 the Wellness Foundation has promoted and coordinated the “Wellness Valley” project, which aims to make the Italian region of Romagna the first district for knowledge and culture on wellness and the good quality of life.

The project was launched by Nerio Alessandri; today it involves over 350 public and private stakeholders from the area.

Wellness Highlights
Food Environment and Obesity Obesity is a critical risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and it is influenced by a complex, multifaceted system of determinants, including the food environment.
World Happiness Report 2024 Nordic countries continue to hold the top positions of the list, with Finland, Denmark and Iceland leading the way. Unfortunately, USA and Germany left the top 20. Italy ranks 41st.
Closing the women’s health gap: a $1 trillion opportunity to improve lives and economies Women live longer but they spend more time dealing with health issues, impacting their well-being and ability to support themselves and their families.
Diets and risk of depression Following a healthy diet, especially a typical Mediterranean one, and avoiding a pro-inflammatory diet may lead to a lower incidence of depressive symptoms or clinical depression.
10 tips for cardiovascular health & longevity A recent study has compiled ten evidence-based strategies to promote cardiometabolic health and slow cardiovascular aging
Europe is ageing Projections indicate that by 2100, 1 in 3 Europeans will be aged 65 or older, emphasizing the need to address the various consequences of this demographic shift.
Sleeping less than 5 hours increases the risk of NCDs People who reported sleeping 5 hours or less at age 50 were found to be 20% more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic disease and 40% more likely to have 2 or more chronic diseases compared to those with up to 7 hours of sleep.
8% of adolescents engage in 1 hour of physical activity per day The data are alarming, which is why the Federazione degli oncologi, cardiologi ed ematologi has launched, together with the Ministry of Sport and Coni, the new edition of "Allenatore alleato di salute"
The race against a silent killer Treating hypertension is one of the most important interventions to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.4
Physical inactivity for kids is out of control The World Health Organization has revealed concerning data: 81% of 11 to 17-year-olds are not physically active, with girls being more affected (85% inactive, compared to 78% of boys).
GDP is not a measure of Well-being There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. The Better Life Index is an example of going beyond GDP to measure well-being.
Food processing & cancer risk in Europe Processed and ultraprocessed food consumption increase the risk for cancer. Replacing a small amount of such foods with minimally processed options may reduce that risk.
Steps are good for your heart In over 60s, taking 6000 steps a day reduces the chance of cardiovascular disease by 40-50% compared to walking 2000 steps a day.
The effects of sleep deprivation A ten-year study looked at cognitive function in 8,958 people aged 50 and over in England. The research team investigated how different combinations of sleep and physical activity habits might affect people's cognitive function over time.
Dementia: modifiable risk factors An update to the Lancet Commission on Dementia prevention, intervention and care presents a life-course model showing that 12 potentially modifiable risk factors account for around 40% of worldwide dementias
Health is Wealth According to Schwab's seventh annual Modern Wealth Survey, when it comes to wealth, wealth is more important than money or other assets.
Health for All: transforming economies to deliver what matters We need to reorient economic policies away from measures like GDP and towards well-being and health for all.
World Happiness Report 2023 Lo sapevi che secondo il World Happiness Report la Finlandia è stata il paese più felice del mondo negli ultimi 6 anni?
Equitable and sustainable well-being BES Report 2022: 46% of Italians are very satisfied with their lives, but satisfaction with their leisure time and their future has decreased.
Sport: Italians are less active than the European average Sport is good for your health, but how much is it practised in Italy and in the rest of Europe?
Salt reduction: a life-saving strategy The global burden of unhealthy diets is a major public health challenge. 1.89 million deaths are associated with excessive intake of salt.
Physical activity: a mainstay treatment for mental disorders Largest meta-analysis to-date confirms that physical activity effectively reduces depression, anxiety and psychological distress.
Commercial determinants of health Commercial actors influence health in several ways. The frameworks for understanding and an agenda for responding to the influences on health are set out in The Lancet Series on the Commercial Determinants of Health.
School health and nutrition Childhood and adolescence are critical times for establishing healthy lifestyles. In the new global report on school health and nutrition, ‘Ready to learn and thrive’, UNESCO answers to some important questions about this topic.
In the EU less than 3% goes to preventive care On average in the EU, public and private expenditure on preventive care account for less than 3% of total health expenditure, while 97% is dedicated to cure.
Health, happiness and the Wellness Economy A recent report by the Global Wellness Institute highlighted the relationship between the wellness economy and life satisfaction. Where the expense of wellness products and services is higher, people are happier and more satisfied with their lives.
The role of physical activity on mental health 280 million people around the globe suffer from depression, which is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Research supports a beneficial role of exercise and increased physical activity for addressing mental health issues.
New report on childhood obesity in Europe WHO Europe has published a new Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) report, measuring trends in overweight and obesity among 411.000 children aged 6-9 years in 33 countries (out of 45 countries that participated in the fifth round).
The global cost of physical inactivity The World Health Organization recently published The Global status report on physical activity 2022, measuring the extent to which governments are implementing recommendations to increase physical activity across all ages and abilities.
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