Spas urged to support drive to reduce preventable disease

Spas worldwide are being asked to back a UN initiative to reduce suffering from a wide range of preventable diseases by 2030.

Highlighting the UN’s mission, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced the launch of: Supporting UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The taskforce will focus specifically on the goal to eradicate, or significantly improve, preventable death and disease in the next decade. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the gap between life expectancy and health expectancy is widening, with millions spending their last 10 years in sickness. Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), such as heart or respiratory diseases, cancer, stroke and diabetes, claim the lives of about 32 million people each year. This amounts to one person dying prematurely from chronic illnesses (or lifestyle disease) every 0.9 seconds.

Chairing the GWI taskforce is Jean-Guy de Gabriac, founder of the annual World Wellness Weekend.
The vice-chair is Gareth Presch, CEO and founder of the World Health Innovation Summit and an expert from the SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing” for the United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute.

“As spa, wellness, fitness or hospitality professionals, it is our duty to support preventative actions for our guests, associates and local communities,” said de Gabriac.

“The initiative will provide useful information for spa and wellness professionals who want to contribute through their company and/or in their city to the global efforts to help people live richer, fuller and longer lives.”

Find out more about the new initiative here.