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When it Comes to Wellness Leadership, Israel Stands Tall

Be Well Lead Well® is committed to advancing the consciousness and capabilities for more inclusive, well, and wiser leadership. In support of these efforts, Be Well Lead Well® Director and Wisdom Works CEO, Renee Moorefield curates monthly content and resources for The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease, an initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. The goal: to bring together global wellness enthusiasts, from scientists and educators to health experts and business leaders, to eradicate preventable disease worldwide.

Each month, Renee explores wellbeing leadership through the themes of The Wellness Moonshot Calendar. Below is an excerpt from December’s Theme: THANK


 

December 2022 | THANK

AS WELLNESS LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD, WE THANK YOU!

All of us at the Global Wellness Institute feel a wholehearted thanks for everyone who is advancing The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease. You are part of a vast network of wellness leaders across the globe—from the 17th Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona in the USA to wellness and food tech entrepreneur Victor Koo in China—guiding people, organizations, and societies to make wellness a real priority.

WHEN IT COMES TO WELLNESS LEADERSHIP, ISRAEL STANDS TALL

My recent conversation with Israel native Amir Alroy gave me tremendous optimism about what’s possible to positively shift our disease trajectory worldwide. Amir is the founder of WellTech1, an investment fund and innovation hub for startups in the $4.4 trillion wellness market worldwide. He shared that Israel is one of the most significant tech centers globally, with close to 40% of its 9,000 tech companies focusing on health, digital health, and wellness.

Why does Israel have an unparalleled ecosystem for tech innovation in health and wellness? This is in large part, Amir explained, due to the country’s unique health structure which collects data from every Israeli from the time they are born. This massive dataset allows Israel to be cutting edge in producing innovations, doing clinical trials, and cooperating with other countries to roll out new health and wellness advances. The Israeli Army has an unexpected role to play, too; the nation’s mandatory military service is a well-known avenue for training young talent in entrepreneurism, contributing to Israel having more startups per capita than any other country in the world.

Listen to Amir share the key factors which make Israel a hotbed of health and wellness innovation in the video below.

WELLNESS IS THE NEW WEALTH, YET WE MUST ATTEND TO WELLNESS GAPS

We’re experiencing a wellness revolution around the world, however, for many people wellness opportunities are still elusive. Consider that 7 out of 10 people still die of chronic disease. Amir believes that tech can be used intelligently to bring wellness resources and opportunities to the masses—and when that happens, we all win. According to Amir, tremendous strides in wellness tech are already occurring in these sectors and more:

  • Mental wellness. For instance, tech has made lifestyle coaching and supportive therapy available to more people than ever before—and, hopefully, will close inequality gaps in mental health services.
  • Climate. Tech allows innovations in water, soil, air, and energy to be scaled globally. Plus, it offers new products and services for climate-responsible consumers. (Make sure your next pair of flip-flops is good for planet Earth!)
  • Food. Healthier alternatives are emerging to replace, as examples, sugar and meat, two dietary culprits linked to lifestyle diseases.

Hear Renee & Amir talk about the many ways tech can be a positive wellness force for people and the planet.


Photo credits: Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

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