The latest edition of the annual World Wellness Weekend has been declared a huge success, with millions of people around the world taking part in activities during the three days from 17 to 19 September 2021. The event promotes healthy lifestyles through safe, fun and free activities, in alignment with the United Nations’ third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) – “Good health and wellbeing for all”.
In total, WWW 2021 included 2,310 participating venues in 133 different countries. The event is now supported by 60 international professional federations and 30 mayors around the world. The most active country for organising events this year was Brazil with a total of 597 venues taking part.
Jean-Guy de Gabriac, WWW founder, said: “Wellness is not just a decision you take to improve your mental and physical health: it is also an act of influence to inspire those around you to become the best version of themselves.”
In addition to being linked to UN SDG #3, many of the events organised under the WWW had a sustainability strand running through them – such as beach clean ups and planting trees.
Lucy Brialey, co-founder of the Sustainable Spa Association (SSA), was among those taking part, attending events in Italy during the weekend.
“This was my first participation in World Wellness Weekend and I will now take part with enthusiasm every year,” Lucy said.
“Amidst our busy lives it can be easy to take for granted or forget to do the things that make us feel good to be alive. Jean- Guy and his wonderful ambassadors around the world, have an infectious passion for the positivity that wellness brings and are doing an amazing job of spreading the feeling!
“Allowing ourselves time for good health and wellbeing is the foundation of respect for ourselves and others around us. When we are strong, able and happy we can help others more.
“Good Health and Wellbeing is number 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – one that fits our industry perfectly as a focus. I’m truly immersed in all 17 Goals and I love the way that although the targets are set out for governments, there is room for creativity on a business and individual level to help reach these important global goals.
“#SDG3 has 13 targets relating to top line factors of disease leading to poor health or causes of fatality.
“We can apply #SDG3 in the workplace by setting targets and indicators applicable to the circumstances, for example, the target could be reducing absenteeism due to stress and the indicators could be:
1: ensuring team members do not take work home to do in their spare time
2: ensuring all team members take their full allocated lunch break with time away from their desk
3: providing locally sourced and healthy food as snacks
4: encourage team sporting activity or providing facilities to exercise.
“These are just examples and each business will have different targets and indicators associated with each goal that can be made a focus and proudly embedded into their business culture. Have a go!”
Having your establishment take part in World Wellness Weekend can be added as one of your business contributions to SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing and also SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals!