About us
About us
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Our Mission

Spreading the Culture of Wellness for the benefit of all

The Wellness Foundation supports scientific research, health education and the promotion of the culture and benefits of Wellness lifestyle in all the environments.

The World Health Organization has sounded the alarm: the dramatic increase in sedentary lifestyle over the last 30 years has created a real global health emergency. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for 74% of all deaths worldwide. NCDs share four major risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

In this scenario it is urgent to take action. Wellness lifestyle can and should be integrated into all the settings in which people live: at home, at school, at work, in health centres, on vacation.

By creating a Wellness Ecosystem, we can help people adopt correct lifestyles, with a positive impact on their quality of life, their health and the Planet’s health too.

Worldwide

Source: WHO/IDF
1.9

billion adults overweight (39% adult population)

537

million people with diabetes

39

million children (under 5) overweight or obese

+400%

growth of obesity among adolescents over the past 30 years

80%

adolescents who do not get enough exercise (85% girls, 78% boys)

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The Founder

"The greater the number of people experiencing Wellness, the better the world will be"

Nerio Alessandri
Founder and President of the Wellness Foundation

Nerio Alessandri is the pioneer of Wellness: in 1993 he introduced the concept of Wellness for the first time in history. 30 years of vision, passion and determination in promoting the culture of Wellness worldwide have turned this ideal into an opportunity for all. For this purpose, in 2003 established the Wellness  Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the culture of Wellness from the Wellness Valley all over the world with projects and initiatives that focus on people, their health and their happiness.

Nerio Alessandri was born in Cesena on April 8, 1961. In 1983, at the age of 22, he founded Technogym. The first equipment for the gym was designed and built in his own garage at home, as a result of his enthusiasm for sport, his skills as a designer and his passion for design. Today Technogym is Wellness Company, a world leading brand in products and digital technologies for fitness, sport and health. Every day 55 million people train with Technogym in over 100 countries.

Career highlights
Mens sana in corpore sano. Mens sana in corpore sano. Mens sana in corpore sano. Mens sana in corpore sano.
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The origins of wellness

Wellness is living well by combining mental and physical health: a balanced lifestyle that has its roots in ancient Roman culture

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Already two thousand years ago the Latin poet Giovenale with his motto “mens sana in corpore sano” supported the ideal of healthy and balanced living.

It was only in 1993 that the concept of Wellness was born as we know it from the vision of Nerio Alessandri: the union of well-being and fitness. In a world dominated by the American culture of fitness, the pioneering vision of “wellness” triggers a real epochal change: physical exercise is not a hedonistic activity, but it is a source of well-being, essential for physical and mental health.

Wellness is not a fashion or trend of the moment but a lifestyle that must be promoted and disseminated as a social opportunity for the benefit of individuals and the community. An innovative approach that commits each of us to improving the quality of life through education in regular physical activity, a balanced diet and positive mental approach.

The Pyramid of Wellness Lifestyle was developed in the 90s by Technogym’s Scientific Department to provide a simple visual guide of the three key components of Wellness.

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Governance

The structure of the Foundation is defined by its Bodies:

Board of Directors
Scientific Committee
Team

The Foundation, a non-profit organization, carries out its activities in conditions of independence and autonomy thanks to donations and contributions from individuals and businesses.

Participating in the life of the Foundation means giving this reality the opportunity to interact in an authoritative manner, at national and international level, with public institutions and other social forces. 

Board of Directors
Nerio Alessandri

Nerio Alessandri

President

Pierluigi Alessandri

Pierluigi Alessandri

Vice President

Erica Alessandri

Erica Alessandri

Director

Carlo Capelli

Carlo Capelli

Director

Federica Alberti

Federica Alberti

Director

Scientific Committee
Matthew Kampert

Matthew Kampert

Sports Medicine Specialist, Cleveland Clinic - USA

Alberto Mantovani

Alberto Mantovani

Scientific Director, Istituto Clinico Humanitas
Emeritus Professor, Humanitas University - Italy
Chair of Inflammation and Therapeutic Innovation
William Harvey Research Institute | Queen Mary University - UK

Robert Newton

Robert Newton

Professor of Exercise Medicine
Deputy Director of ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute - Australia

Silvano Zanuso

Silvano Zanuso

Scientific Research & Communication Director of the Wellness Foundation
Adjunct Associate Professor at the Edith Cowan University in Perth - Australia

Team
Federica Alberti

Federica Alberti

Director

Daniela Tamburini

Daniela Tamburini

Programs and Activities Development

Benedetta Andreoli

Benedetta Andreoli

Communication

Marco Bigica

Marco Bigica

Research

Silvano Zanuso

Silvano Zanuso

Scientific Director

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The Foundation, a non-profit organization, carries out its activities in conditions of independence and autonomy thanks to donations and contributions from individuals and businesses.

Participating in the life of the Foundation means giving this reality the opportunity to interact in an authoritative manner, at national and international level, with public institutions and other social forces. 

The Founder Career highlights
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1983
Nerio Alessandri, together with his brother Pierluigi, founds Technogym, combining his passion for technology (TECHNO) and for sports (GYM).
1983
1993
Nerio Alessandri introduces the Wellness concept: regular exercise is essential for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
2001
Nerio Alessandri is honoured with the “Order of Merit for Labour” by the President of the Italian Republic, the youngest entrepreneur to receive this honour.
2001
2002
Nerio Alessandri launches the Wellness Valley project, the first district of wellness and the quality of life in Romagna, Italy.
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2003
Nerio Alessandri creates the Wellness Foundation to promote Wellness as a social opportunity.
2003
2009
Nerio Alessandri is named “World Heart Champion” by the World Heart Federation.
2012
The Technogym Village is inaugurated in Cesena, Italy: the first Wellness Campus in the world and a unique example of sustainability.
2014
Technogym launches “Let’s Move for a Better World”, the biggest social campaign in the fitness industry, to fight physical inactivity.
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2014
2018
Nerio Alessandri is presented with the “Wellness Pioneer Award” at the Global Wellness Summit.
2020
Nerio Alessandri brings the Wellness vision at the World Economic Forum in Davos “for a cohesive and sustainable world”.
2020
2022
2022 2022
From Sydney 2000 to Tokyo 2020: Technogym is appointed as Official Supplier to the last eight Olympic Games.