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Plant-Based Product Claims See Dramatic Rise | Progressive Grocer

Plant-Based Product Growth

Plant-Based Product GrowthConsumers continue to flex their wellness muscles and plant-based food producers are responding. As plant-based product growth continues to skyrocket, billions of dollars in new and growing markets are ready for harvest.

Burgeoning consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics is spurring the popularity of plant-based ingredients and products, according to a report from Innova Market Insights. In fact, Innova, a Dutch knowledge solutions provider for the food and beverage industries, found that plant-based product claims skyrocketed at a compound annual growth rate of 62 percent worldwide from 2013 through 2017, with increases occurring in such areas as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs and seasonings, and food coloring.

“The dairy alternatives market has been a particular beneficiary of this trend, with the growing availability and promotion of plant-based options to traditional dairy lines, specifically milk beverages, and cultured products such as yogurt, frozen desserts and ice cream,” noted Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Arnhem, Netherlands-based Innova.

In keeping with the knowledge that beverages largely spearheaded the dairy alternative category and still dominate it, global sales of dairy alternative drinks are set to reach U.S. $16.3 billion in 2018 and accounted for more than 8 percent of global dairy launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in 2017, up from 7 percent from 2016. Actual global launches have more than doubled over a five-year span.

For more information please see the original article: Plant-Based Product Claims See Dramatic Rise | Progressive Grocer

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Medical Housing? Why Boston Medical Center Is Investing In Housing

Medical Housing?

Medical HousingWhen we think of healthcare we usually think of clinical care… hospitals, white lab coats, and stethoscopes. We think of pills, IV bags, and syringes. Too often we overlook what really determines health. We seldom think of housing or relationships or spirituality. Yet these “social determinants” of health are really the forces in healthcare. Boston Medical Center (BMC) has put its money on expanding its role in healthcare beyond the clinical, consider it medical housing?

“Only about 10 to 20 percent of health is actually determined by what type of health care you get,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, one of the leaders of BMC’s housing initiative. “Much more [significant are] the social determinants of health — where you live, what your environment is like. And so more and more we’re starting to screen for people’s social determinants.”

Waldeck represents one of nine investments for BMC — a total of $6.5 million the hospital has designated for housing in some of Boston’s poorest areas. Advocates say BMC’s investment is part of a burgeoning shift among health care leaders to view housing as a key “social determinant of health.

“Now, a handful of area hospitals are starting to put their money into housing.

BMC’s housing investment is tied to a renovation of its campus in the South End. The state requires that 5 percent of the cost of a hospital expansion be reinvested in community health. BMC chose to spend the money on housing.

The initiative also includes $1 million to help families fight evictions, $1 million to create a housing stabilization program for people with complex medical issues, and $1 million to support a grocery store at a development in Roxbury.

For more information please read the original article: Why Boston Medical Center Is Investing In Housing | CommonHealth

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Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data Patent

Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data Patent

Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data PatentFor Walmart to file a patent for blockchain supply chain data would not be particularly newsworthy. Maybe even some sort of financial transactions blockchain. But how does Walmart even know what an Electronic Healthcare Record is and why would Walmart file a blockchain EHR data patent? This could well be one of those seminal moments where a new market blossoms. Whether Consumer Healthcare, Wellness, Well-being, or other name this consumer-focused market has been getting more attention.

Walmart’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the document, which was filed in December, the retail giant is seeking to protect a method that allows a patient’s EHR to be obtained from a blockchain database even if they are unable to communicate. Doing so would require verification from two different keys: a public key stored in a wearable that would be scanned by emergency responders via RFID, and a private key that is obtained by scanning a biometric signature from the patient.

The appeal of storing a patient’s EHR on blockchain is the relative difficulty of an unintended party accessing or modifying their data, the company wrote in its application. Both a public and private key are required to before the system will allow access to the patient’s record, with the private key being specific to each individual user.

For more information please see the original article: Why Walmart filed a patent for blockchain, wearables and EHR data | Healthcare IT News

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Pew Survey Shows Technology Impacts Well-Being

Technology Impacts Well-Being

Technology Impacts Well-BeingTechnology is everywhere. We have even seen it (and used it) on camping trips. However, people seldom seem to think about how technology impacts well-being until something specific happens that gives us pause. The public generally views technology as good but when we peel back the layers, there are concerns.

When the Pew Research Center asks American internet users for their bottom-line judgment about the role of digital technology in their own lives, the vast majority feel it is a good thing.

Yet, over the past 18 months a drumbeat of concerns about the personal and societal impacts of technology has been growing – and it crescendoed last week in the congressional grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s power and impact on American life. More broadly the concerns are highlighted by headlines about the “Heavy Toll of ‘Always On’ Technology,” the emergence of a “techlash” driven by people’s disillusionment with the online environment, and worries over digital dystopia. There has also been commentary and research about the effects digital technology usage can have on people’s well-being, their level of stress, their likelihood of committing suicide, their ability to perform well at work and in social settings, their capability to focus in an era of information overload, their capacity to modulate their level of connectivity, and their overall happiness.

Source: The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World | Pew Research Center

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Utopic Wellness Communities Are A Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Trend

Wellness Communities

Wellness CommunitiesAs our appreciation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) grows so too does the value we place on community and surroundings. Wellness communities have sprouted up all over the world and people are moving in.

It’s like Disneyland released a Pleasantville attraction, or a modern day kibbutz for health enthusiasts. It’s fitting that the community’s name is Serenbe, a combination of the words “serene” and “being.”

Serenbe started with just one family in 2004. Nygren, a retired restaurateur on a mission to save Atlanta forestland from bulldozers, brought his family to the land as its first denizens. Today, his idyllic nature reserve encompasses 300 homes and 600 residents, along with a 25-acre organic farm, three restaurants, a farmer’s market, hotel, spa, bookstore, and a progressive playhouse recognized by the New York Times.

Wellness communities like Serenbe increasingly attract homeowners looking for a refuge from modern life. In North America alone, the market is worth $52.5 billion and is growing by 6.4% annually, according to a new report by the Global Wellness Institute titled Build Well to Live Well: Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate and Communities. Wellness real estate was a $134 billion worldwide industry in 2017, and is expected to grow to $180 billion in 2022.

“There’s a health benefit coming out of almost every [Serenbe] household,” claims Nygren of the anecdotal evidence, “whether it’s the kids don’t have asthma and have less allergies, or people have gotten rid of their antidepressants . . . We’re having [families] and retirees move here even just because of the air quality.”

Source: Utopic Wellness Communities Are A Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Tren

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Neighborhood wellbeing and a sense of community is at the heart of a good home, say researchers — ScienceDaily

Neighborhood Wellbeing

Neighborhood wellbeingIt may seem obvious that our surroundings affect our wellbeing. However, we often overlook the impact of neighborhood wellbeing when we think about health and healthcare.

A sense of wellbeing and a thriving community is key to a happy neighbourhood according to housing researchers, who looked at the relationship between the experience of the home and wellbeing.

The study led by the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management based at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester and funded by VIVID homes, examined a mix of social renters compared to, shared owners and owner-occupiers.

Building on initial findings published in winter 2017, the full research report ‘Homes & Wellbeing – breaking down housing stereotypes’ suggests that social housing plays a positive role in protecting people from anxiety.

Interviewing different types of tenants, including owner occupiers and social renters, the researchers found that what really mattered was feeling secure and having a degree of control over their home. In comparison, other aspirations such as climbing onto the housing ladder featured as less of a priority.

Based on their findings the researchers made key recommendations:

·  Social housing should be seen as a policy tool for addressing the housing needs of more than just the most vulnerable;

·  A wider social housing offer may actually be better for their wellbeing, providing the emotional security and stability that is one of the key drivers of the apparent aspiration to own a home;

·  The report points to a need to look at how the social housing sector could deliver a step-change in the supply of social housing.

Source: Neighborhood wellbeing and a sense of community is at the heart of a good home, say researchers — ScienceDaily

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Everyday Supplements for Health

Everyday Supplements

Everyday SupplementsLet’s start this article with a standard, but important, warning… do not take any supplements without consulting your healthcare provider.  Remember, supplements have an impact on your wellbeing and we want that to be a positive impact! That said, there are everyday supplements that can be beneficial. The challenge is usually cutting through the hype so it is nice to find an article that gives some guidance… and suggests that supplements and portions should be personalized with your healthcare provider.

Navigating the supplement aisle at your local Whole Foods or health store can feel like a high-stakes obstacle course: What does “IU” stand for again and why does it matter? Which strain of probiotic do you need? And WTF is up with magnesium, anyway? In order to preempt your desperate real-time shopping questions for Dr. Google, here’s a little supplemental intel on the gold-star vitamins and minerals that you need.

I talked to Tiffany Lester, MD, Medical Director of Parsley Health, and Taz Bhatia, MD, integrative health expert and author of Super Woman RX, to gather some much-needed information on which supplements are worthy of space in your medicine cabinet.

Of course, this roadmap is only a basic guide to supplements. They’re used for different reasons and, therefore, the recommended amounts will differ from person to person. Check with your doctor for more personalized guidance. (Really, you should call up your doc before adding any supplements to your diet.)

Source: The supplements to take every day for health | Well+Good

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Salt Impacts Gut-Brain Connection

Salt Impacts Gut-Brain Connection

Salt Impacts Gut-Brain ConnectionToday’s article comes from a close family friend, Terri. She was intrigued by the connection that a high-salt diet has on the brain, according to a recent research study. Digging further, the research also highlights that salt impacts gut-brain connection. As we learn more about our bodies from science, we can also see ancient wisdom at work. We are more than an assemblage of parts and illness is more than a malfunction in some specialized body part. Clinical care accounts for 20% or less of our health. What we eat, how we interact, and so much more count heavily in health.

A high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and causes dementia in mice, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine.

The study, published Jan. 15 in Nature Neuroscience, is the first to unveil a gut-brain connection linking high dietary salt intake to neurovascular and cognitive impairment. The findings illuminate a potential future target for countering harmful effects to the brain caused by excess salt consumption.

“We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise,” said senior author Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) and the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine. “This was surprising since, in humans, the deleterious effects of salt on cognition were attributed to hypertension.”

A vast majority, about 90 percent of American adults, consume more dietary sodium than the recommended 2,300 mg per day.

The mice were given food containing 4 percent or 8 percent salt, representing an 8- to 16-fold increase in salt compared to a normal mouse diet. The higher level was comparable to the high end of human salt consumption. After eight weeks, the scientists examined the mice using magnetic resonance imaging. The mice showed marked reductions in resting cerebral blood flow in two areas of the brain involved in learning and memory: 28 percent decrease in the cortex and 25 percent in the hippocampus.

Source: A high-salt diet produces dementia in mice — ScienceDaily

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The Rise Of Wellcare: Consumers Push For More

Rise Of Wellcare

Rise of WellcareConsumers have begun to exert their power in the healthcare market place. As consumers become more aware of the value of Lifestyle decisions, companies have responded with a rise of wellcare products and services. This holistic approach to Health increases consumer satisfaction (and health) and decreases their costs through better Lifestyle decisions and preventative measures. But that is not all! Companies have found that a rise in wellcare can translate to a rise in their bottom lines.

The health, food, and beauty markets are converging into a consumer products category that we call wellcare, a segment that is growing rapidly thanks to consumer demand, discretionary health spending, and global technology platforms. With its combined focus on wellness, fitness, beauty, and environmental sustainability, wellcare encompasses a broad range of key players, including some of the world’s largest companies in the consumer healthcare, fast-moving consumer goods, biopharmaceuticals, and medical device industries. In addition to these traditional competitors, there are new entrants establishing positions, including niche organic beauty companies, functional food businesses, retailers, and technology companies that offer devices and platforms designed to monitor individuals with specific health conditions. Mobile platforms make it particularly easy for new competitors to appear out of nowhere, taking advantage of the accelerated product development cycles and the highly personalized consumer engagement tools.

Although each company has its own distinct set of advantages, the ultimate goal remains the same. Every wellcare player, new or old, needs to extend its core capabilities and competitive advantage with a continual flow of innovative and environmentally friendly new product offerings and technological breakthroughs, all designed to serve the demands and tastes of a customer who is increasingly health- and beauty-conscious and has no shortage of choices.

Companies in the wellcare space can maximize opportunities for growth through strategic partnerships, differentiated research and product development processes, differentiating capabilities, and integrated use of technology at all levels of the value chain and distribution network. Integrated ecosystems are essential to providing the supply of goods and services that consumers demand. Market participants can either generate their own ecosystems and align their skills accordingly, or link their products and services to existing platforms that are consistent with the wellcare consumer’s values and aspirations. Whichever route they take, however, a timely action is necessary.

Source: The rise of wellcare: A new market at the nexus of health, food, and beauty

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Hotels Offer Health And See Value In Wellness Investment

Hotels Offer Health

Hotels Offer HealthAs consumers expand their understanding of health, wellness, and wellbeing so too will smart companies. A great example of this continues to develop in the hotel industry where more and more hotels offer health as part of the consumer experience. Many consumer increasingly think of their health health, not just the numbers for weight and blood pressure. Concerned with what they eat, where and how they sleep, opportunities for growth, etc. today’s consumers want more than a TV, AC, and bed.

“Consumers, no matter what their income bracket is, are always willing to spend a bit more on their own health and wellness, no matter if that’s a three-star experience or a five-star experience or even somewhere above and below that,” said Mia Kyricos, president and CEO of Kyricos & Associates, an advisor to hospitality and wellness brands. When she helped Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide turn Westin into a wellness-focused brand, the project team found that guests were willing to spend a premium of about $20 a night for guestrooms with exercise equipment available.

Those were the early days, Kyricos said, and the study of wellness has become much more in-depth since then. “People are willing to pay a premium because they know that it’s not just about the healthy food or gym anymore,” she said. “It’s about air quality. It’s about lighting. It’s about hypoallergenic sheets. It’s about the fact that there’s a reusable water bottle in the room. Those are things that increasingly are more meaningful.”

Hyatt picked up the wellness torch last year when it spent $215 million to acquire the Miraval wellness resort brand in January, and then purchased the Exhale spa and fitness company the following August. Through the new deal, Hyatt will offer Exhale locations and programming at its hotels, and will help the spa brand itself grow with more freestanding locations apart from the hotels. “According to a study commissioned by Hyatt, 72 percent of our target travelers see ‘being mindful’ as important to overall wellness,” said Marc Ellin, Miraval’s global head. The acquisitions, he added, reflect Hyatt’s growth strategy with a “unique focus on super-serving the high-end traveler.”

Source: Hotels see value in wellness investment | Hotel Management

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