Opportunities and threats of global wellness: A lesson from the Czech Republic

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Wellness in the 21st century is truly a great chance for people and businesses from all around the world to thrive, but the global interest brings both opportunities and threads. In many languages there is no synonym or translation of the word “wellness” in the dictionary, and basically nobody provides an explanation or a definition to it. Due to this international lack of meaning, today’s wellness faces the risk of being everything and nothing, or just another buzz word.
All humans share the basic need of living a healthy, quality and satisfying life, but the application is very different in India, United States or Czech Republic. International wellness should accept the whole spectrum of wellness realities from the point that we can learn from one another, but especially when applying somebody else’s approach, we have to be able to distinguish between the general transferable truth and its cultural background. The wellness in the Czech Republic follows the European tradition of spa and medical services, and the trend can be traced globally according to the Global Spa and Wellness Summit, that labels it as the wellness tourism . As a matter of...

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European wellness, is it just spa?

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Is there a difference between American and European wellness? Just as wellness changes from one person to another, it changes one country from another. The quickest way to find what wellness in Europe is about is just to google it. Let´s have a look at the search results and I will tell you more.
The very first search result brings us to the website of the National Geographic Traveller introducing 50 Top Wellness Destinations: Europe . Nice, this might be a good clue to what wellness on the old continent is about. Well… It might be, as much as I might be honored that the very first destination is my homeland with its hilarious spa resort in Karlovy Vary. Let me tell you why I am not. If you had a closer look on the mentioned destinations, you would find out that it is mostly spa hotels and resorts. If I can judge from the first one, Parkhotel Richmond in Karlovy Vary Czech Republic, European wellness than would be a place, where you receive the best care, premium services and...

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Is there future for workplace wellness?

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The RAND report has started an open discussion about efficiency of workplace wellness programs and for a long time I was at no side of this dispute. Attending the webinar Culture Trumps Wellness: Creating a Framework for Sustainable Well-being with Dr. Rosie Ward gave me an opinion. For more, it altered my perception of workplace wellness programs. Despite the RAND report, there is a future for workplace wellness programs. Let me tell you more.
As I awaited the beginning of the webinar, going through the notes, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. In Europe there is not that big emphasis on workplace wellness. We provide our employees with optional health/wellness programs but it is mostly a form of an employee benefit than an investment into lowering health costs or enhancing productivity. And for more, those programs often have no concept, don’t address any concrete goal. They just … are there. What is this “workplace wellness”? According to  Wikipedia : “Workplace wellness is any workplace health promotion activity or organizational policy designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health...

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