A Week of Wellness to Promote Local Produce and Healthy Living in Tallahassee, FL

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Tallahassee, Florida (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

This upcoming week of Jan. 21-26 will be a special occasion at Tallahassee’s premier organic grocery and local Co-op. New Leaf Market Co-op is using the week to promote the local organic produce and natural vitamins that so many of their patrons enjoy, and will enjoy for the coming year. This Week of Wellness will have specials and demonstrations each day on New Leaf Market’s newest products, and feature weeklong contests and events.

Locally grown, organic produce comes packed with the natural vitamins and nutrition. Also, organic and green growing standards mean none of the harmful pesticides that are so common in mass farming produce. At the beginning of the year, when so many people have resolved to eat and grow healthier as per a New Year’s resolution, maybe a boost from organic produce and vitamin packed supplements will be the deciding factor between success and failure?

Starting Monday, the Week of Wellness will include daily deals and specials on various New Leaf Market favorites and new products.

Monday, January 21st – 11 am-2 pm and 4 pm-7 pm – Organic Supersoups will be on display; a local product made with nutrition packed, organic produce.

Tuesday, January 22nd – 11 am-2 pm and 4 pm-6:30 pm – Green Smoothies and OMNI Blender demonstration by renowned nutrition and wellness guru, Jill Welch, The Kitchen Goddess.

Wednesday, January 23rd – 10 am-6 pm – Local produce is a feature, with free samples of locally grown organic produce storewide.

Thursday, January 24th – 11 am-2 pm and 4:30 pm-6:30 pm – Healthy oils will be in focus; such as flax, fish, and hemp. Health supplement and natural vitamin staff members will be ready to answer any questions, give presentations, and provide samples.

Friday, January 25th – 11 am-2 pm – Expert herbalist and organic produce specialist, Phoenix Minklei, will be on hand to demonstrate the cost effective simplicity of the vitamin packed “layered salad.”

Saturday, January 26th – 10 am-6 pm – The Week of Wellness concludes with antioxidant exams from 10 am-1 pm, the first 10 being free of charge. In case you missed during the week, there will be various demonstrations for healthy oils and Green Smoothies from 1 pm-3 pm; as well as some of the steepest discounts on local produce and natural supplements offered all year.

To round out the Week of Wellness specials, everyday discounts include 5% off all organic and local produce and 20% off natural vitamin supplements. Drawings to win prizes such as a free hour long massage or an OMNI Blender, among other prizes, begins on January 14th, in store. Also, stop in to New Leaf Market to try their ever-changing selection of craft microbrews and organic wines.

For more information on New Leaf Market’s Week of Wellness, or to find out what organic produce and natural foods can do for you, please visit their website, or contact:

New Leaf Market

The Parkway District

1235 Apalachee Parkway

Phone: 850.942.2557

Email: chris(at)newleafmarket(dot)coop

Naturally Splendid Rides Booming Heath & Wellness Wave With Plant-based Superfood Product Line

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Burnaby, BC (PRWEB) December 17, 2013

From his office in Vancouver, BC, Craig Goodwin looks south to the world’s largest market for omega-3 health food supplements; it’s an alluring prospect.

The phenomenon is certainly worldwide. In 2012 the global market for omega-3 products was valued at US$ 33 billion and was the third fastest-growing supplement globally between 2007 and 2012 with a 12% annual growth rate. In Canada alone, there has been a 1,766 per cent growth in consumption of omega-3 natural health products since 2005, according to Ipsos-Reid.

Booming interest in omega-3 supplements stems mainly from heart, brain, and vision benefits and the industry shows no sign of slowing down as consumers are constantly becoming more astute and aware of the food they eat.

Goodwin and his long-time friend and business partner Bryan Carson were among the first to spot “this massive opportunity” more than six years ago. They formed a publically traded company, Naturally Splendid Enterprises (TSX-V: NSP), to market a line of plant based omega-3 rich superfoods now called NATERA™. (http://www.naturallysplendid.com) (http://www.nateralife.com)

Currently, the most common source of omega-3 is derived from fish and it’s now common knowledge that the World’s oceans and rivers are becoming increasingly contaminated with toxic pollutants which can build up in fatty fish tissue. The pollutants can cancel out the beneficial effects of the omega-3s they contain and can be harmful to children, adults and unborn babies. Farmed fish unfortunately do not offer an answer; they contain less omega-3s than their wild counterparts and even more toxins.

The good news is you don’t have to eat fish or the neurotoxins and carcinogens they contain to get your omega-3s; there are perfectly pure plant sources, enter Naturally Splendid.

Recent studies show that omega-3s from plants can offer all of the benefits of fish based omega-3 without exposing you to harmful toxins. Plant-based omega-3s provide better protection from heart disease and many other degenerative conditions. A 2013 report published by Amadee & Company Inc. states, “Plant based omega 3 production value is expected to grow twice as fast as marine during the next five years. As a result, by 2018, plant based omega-3s will account for 52% of production value compared to 48% for marine. Plant based omega-3s will benefit from consumers’ desire to get away from animal based products.”

This benefits the environment as well; plant-based sources of omega-3s are sustainable, fish are not. The environmental argument for switching to plant-based omega-3s cannot be ignored. Commercial fishing is devastating the world’s oceans and fish stocks are plummeting. Flax, Hemp, Chia and other plant-based sources of omega-3s are sustainable sources of this important fatty acid as well as being the healthier option. The many arguments supporting the move towards plant-based omega-3s away from fish oils are indisputable.

Naturally Splendid’s current transition from regional retailer to a potential global player in the health supplement industry has been made possible through an exclusive agreement with a company called Boreal Technologies Inc; a private company engaged in scientific research of plant based omega fatty acids, whose laboratories are on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Goodwin explains, “Boreal has developed the science that allows plant-based omegas to be mixed into most dry goods or liquids. The omega enriched product possibilities are almost limitless; with applications in most anything you bake or drink.”

Naturally Splendid was introduced to Boreal early in 2012. Goodwin states “within five minutes of our meeting we realized that what Boreal was developing was a breakthrough application for plant-based omega oils. We have since learned that the science Boreal is developing far surpasses our first impression, and the science is transferable to a wide range of plant-based omega products.”

Boreal, a company at the forefront of research into industrial hemp has developed a range of revolutionary plant-based omega products, in powdered and aqueous forms, using micro-encapsulation and liposomal technology. In plain terms, the technology enables plant-based omegas to be used in a huge range of food products, with an extended shelf life. The “delivery system” developed by Boreal also allows for the optimum absorption by the human body of the essential fatty acids (EFAs) in omega products.

Boreal was looking for someone to market its patent-pending products, and Naturally Splendid was a natural fit. A relationship built up over eighteen months resulted, at first, in an agreement giving Naturally Splendid marketing rights in Canada. Then, in November 2013, the company won exclusive rights to market and distribute the full range of Boreal’s plant-based omega products right across North America.

The initial products developed by Boreal; HempOmega™ and H2Omega™ are based on hemp oil. Boreal has taken the technology developed for hemp products and adapted it to also produce FlaxOmega™, CanolaOmega™ and ChiaOmega™ — created respectively from flax, canola and chia incorporating the same micro-encapsulation and liposomal technologies.

Boreal’s agreement with Naturally Splendid has already borne fruit. The company’s shares jumped after Naturally Splendid signed a non-disclosure agreement with North American food ingredient supplier Caldic in early November. Ontario-based Caldic has been a global player in the ingredient supply business since 1985. Under the deal, Caldic is testing the suitability of Naturally Splendid’s line of omega products as potential offerings to its global clients as a premix for a wide variety of consumer foods.  In September, Naturally Splendid had signed a similar agreement with another independent ingredient supplier, Calico Food Ingredients, of Kingston Ont. “This is the first step to commercialization of these proprietary products, with the potential to generate large volume sales,” ” says Goodwin.

Even as Naturally Splendid looks to capitalize on the global potential of these omega products, the company is aggressively growing domestic sales of its existing NATERA™ retail line. The company’s hemp-based products are currently available in stores Canada-wide and are taking new orders on almost a weekly basis.

Newly rebranded under the name NATERA™, the products includes shelled hemp seeds and four flavors of hemp protein powder. NATERA™ is also the first brand to market single serve flavored shelled hemp seeds. “We’ve spent four years doing market research, developing and refining our products and becoming experts in the superfoods industry,” says Goodwin.

The attention to detail has paid off. “The interest shown by national distributors of natural products in Canada has been impressive,” says the CEO. “We are in negotiations with several national distributors who want to take our product and market it coast to coast.”

The NATERA™ line is expected to produce a positive cash flow by the first quarter of 2014 and has the potential for gross sales of $ 5 million for the 2014 fiscal year. Goodwin admits: “The retail line may not sound as exciting as the omega technology side of our business, but it will allow us to run the company efficiently, without having to go repeatedly to the market to raise operating capital”.

Goodwin says that after a lifetime in sales and marketing, he expected initial skepticism when presenting the plant based omega superfood line. But “we knew we had something special on our hands when literally 100-per-cent of the people we contacted with these plant-based omega products, wanted samples for testing.”

Naturally Splendid has a balanced strategy that drives revenue from a growing retail product line and incorporates the exciting upside potential of a technology-driven company in a booming market. Goodwin summarizes, “We are offering the best of both worlds — a successful retail line in an explosive market category, and a technology-driven company utilizing ground-breaking science with the potential for global reach. Naturally Splendid delivers on both counts.”

Naturally Splendid currently trades on the TSX Venture under the symbol “NSP”.


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Spafinder Wellness 365 Releases Spa & Wellness Forecast for 2015

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New York, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2015

Spafinder Wellness 365™ today released its 12th report on the top 10 spa and wellness trends set to unfold in 2015 and beyond. In the sea of trends lists appearing each new year, the company’s definitive spa and wellness industry forecast is unique for taking a global view of what’s trending across the wellness landscape—including spa experiences, fitness, beauty, travel, nutrition and corporate wellness—and for providing in-depth information about each trend. READ FULL REPORT

“In our 12 years of trend-tracking, we have never seen spa/wellness concepts go so deep and global, be so meaningful and move in so many surprising, provocative directions,” said Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos, who helped steer the research team, along with Susie Ellis, president of Spafinder. “Our goal is to provide an in-depth resource and help the industry make informed decisions by analyzing the social, cultural and economic shifts that fuel each trend.”

One trend that stood out as largely unthinkable even a few years back is the increasing adoption of cannabis as a source for healing ingredients and treatments. As a wave of medical/recreational marijuana legalization sweeps across the U.S. (soon in Uruguay and likely other global regions), cannabis is getting a “wellness makeover,” with new spa, beauty, travel and yoga applications.

The trends also take an unexpected turn, with wellness traditions from Islamic worlds ascending, and food and beauty ingredients and spa experiences from regions like the Middle East and Africa set to grab headlines. And there is a search for simplicity, with everything from retreats where silence comprises “Beyond the Stars” experiences to new master-planned “Wellness Communities & Cities” with “front porch” values like walking to work/school and growing one’s food. And in the “My Fitness. My Tribe. My Life.” trend, we see how boutique fitness/yoga will continue to transform the very ways people live, socialize, dress and travel by answering basic human needs for true community in an age of loneliness.

The report is developed by Spafinder Wellness, Inc. Research Director Beth McGroarty and Spafinder Wellness 365’s team of researchers, editors and industry experts. It is based on surveys with the company’s large network of consumers, travel agents and spa/wellness businesses conducted over the last year.

The top global spa and wellness trends for 2015 are:

FOREST BATHING: Mindfulness Meets Nature

The Japanese concept of forest bathing (“shinrin-yoku’) has nothing to do with water. It revolves around a deceptively simple practice: quietly walking, with a mind intent on the sounds, scents, colors and “feel” of the forest. Poetic? Yes. But it’s the medical evidence that’s taking it global: Chemicals that trees emit (phytoncides) show a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system markers. Look for more “forest therapy” trails, more doctors prescribing time in forests, more forest bathing programming at spa retreats and more chic “wild forest/nature” resorts, with seemingly as many wilderness guides as in national parks.

Check out: Blackberry Farm’s (Tennessee, U.S.) new “Deep Healing Woods” program or the stunning Treehotel (Sweden) focused on “the significance of trees for human beings.”

CANNABIS: New Spa & Wellness Connections

A wave of medical/recreational marijuana legalization is sweeping the U.S. (globally, Uruguay will be the first nation to legalize recreational usage in 2015). The upshot: an explosive “cannabusiness” market, giving this ancient, medicinal plant an upscale makeover. It’s moving from “dorm room to boardroom,” and new spa/wellness cannabis connections are proliferating. Look for more marijuana dispensaries adopting the look/services of spas; more cannabis “wellness tourism” with luxury spa experiences; new cannabis-branded day spas; more spas using non-high-inducing pain-relieving topicals and beauty products – and hemp seed and milk as hot superfoods.

Check out: one of the many spa-like dispensaries, Harborside Health Center (Bay Area, U.S.) and Primal Wellness, the first “cannabis day spa” (Denver, U.S.) and yoganja classes at House of Yoga (Toronto).


The world has been strikingly unable to “see” what the wellness traditions of the Islamic world offer (stretching from the Middle East to Africa and Asia), with its advanced food-as-medicine, and nature-based beauty and healing practices, refined for 1,000 years. But we predict more people will seek nutritional, beauty and “spa” traditions central to Islamic cultures in years ahead. Middle Eastern and African spices, grains and fruits will be the buzzed-about “superfoods,” ingredients used for both food and beauty (from camel’s milk to baobob fruit) will trend and spas will offer more experiences like rasul/mud treatments and sand bathing.

Check out: Blackseed-infused, Senegalese skincare line, Tiossan, the “Baobob Feel Good” treatment at London’s K West Hotel & Spa or the planned Zulal Destination Spa (Doha, Qatar, 2017), the first retreat to immerse guests in the wellbeing traditions from across the Islamic world.


Free massage breaks for garment workers at a factory in Sri Lanka. A smartphone app connected to a wellness program at headquarters reminds long-haul truck drivers of healthy menu options. These aren’t happening yet (and the first wave of workplace wellness programs has focused narrowly on white-collar, management employees). But as employers battle the chronic disease, obesity, pain, and musculoskeletal and mental disabilities that can hit “blue collar” workers the hardest expect to see more wellness programs designed for them in the future – and a greater openness to participation by these workers.

Check out: Volkswagen’s “industrial athlete” fitness program and the results of PPG’s “Creating a Culture of Health Initiative” offered at manufacturing sites worldwide.


In 2007 Spafinder named “spa real estate” a top trend…then the recession hit, and most “live-at-the-spa” developments crashed too. Now the wellness living market is roaring back but new developments take the concept of a healthy home much further. Delos Signature Homes (U.S.) “bakes in” dozens of wellness features: from air/water purification systems to circadian rhythm lighting. Entire towns/cities are master-planned around a 365-degree concept of wellness, and a new, global “Well Building Standard” aims to do for human health in the built environment what LEED did for sustainable building – and not just for homes, but offices, schools and hospitals. After centuries of real estate development myopically focused on “curb appeal,” now health is the new wealth.

Check out: Lake Nona, a vast wellness community in Orlando, Florida, offering every aspect of a “well-lived” life, or Avira Medini (Johor, Malaysia, 2015) where every generation lives “in the heart of wellness.”

MY FITNESS. MY TRIBE. MY LIFE: Super-Social Fitness

This trend takes a timeout from the manic “rowing is the new spinning” breed of trend-spotting to ponder a new socio-cultural reality: More people’s boutique fitness brand/studio has become their “life.” Social fitness defines who you know, what you wear, where you travel–even how you raise your kids. But it’s a global loneliness epidemic, fueled by a surge in urbanization, single-person households, longer work hours, and lives spent in front of screens that will continue to spur the new directions for the “my fitness is my family” uber-trend.

Check out: booze-less morning dance-fitness parties like Morning Gloryville (London) or Daybreaker (Los Angeles).

SPA ON ARRIVAL (& EN ROUTE): The New Travel Ritual

It used to be that with vacation and business travel, spa treatments were perceived as a luxurious add-on. Now the new travel ritual is treatments (and other fitness/wellness experiences) done right at arrival, or en route at airports, to fight jetlag or to kick-start productivity. We’ll see the spa/wellness explosion at airports continue to take off; more hotels/spa resorts serving up free massages at check-in; more online apps and concierges that make booking on-arrival massages/classes easy; and more spas open later, earlier, and even 24/7.

Check out: Cheval Blanc Randheli (Maldives) free “Jet Lag Recovery” massage that kicks off all guest stay and an example of the new, superfine, public airport spas–Sha Wellness Clinic (Spain), one of the world’s top wellness retreats, is opening spas this March at the Madrid airport.


We’re no longer just consumers, we’re collaborators. In 2015 look for a shift from “This color looks good on me.” to “This color was made for me,” from “Is this moisturizer the best for my skin?” to “This moisturizer is perfectly formulated for me.” In every corner of beauty care new opportunities to customize our primping and self-care experience will arise. We’ll see more beauty brands using in-store computer technology to create personalized solutions, more online skin coaching and more spas will let clients create bespoke everything.

Check out: Skin Authority’s online “Skin Coach on Demand” program, Mink, a personal 3D makeup printer using cosmetic-grade inks or Sha Wellness Clinic (Spain) where DNA testing identifies the right nutrients for your skin.


“Listen to your gut…” usually means follow your best instincts, but it is one of the hottest trends for 2015. Look for an ongoing focus on the science of the gut and efforts to prove that by altering its make-up (aka “microbiome”) we can take our health and beauty to new levels, improve our immunity and resilience, reduce our chances for obesity and even create a happy and healthy mind. We’ll see more testing that proves the link between our gut and how we look and feel; there will be no stopping the proliferation of probiotics in what we drink, eat and put on our skin; and more spas (some of who have been on to this for decades) will offer ways to heal our leaking guts.

Check out: FX Mayr Health Center (Austria) and Canyon Ranch’s “Gut Feelings: Gastrointestinal Health and Immune Function” (U.S.)

BEYOND THE STARS: Luxury Redefined

Extraordinary affluence, an appetite for the different and new, a zeal for documenting #epic experiences and the search for solitude and silence are fueling a new trend: the quest for “Beyond the Stars” experiences– where air light and breathing room are the new luxury, and authentic and novel destinations are the Holy Grail of travel. With this shift, the luxury travel industry will be challenged to top itself with even more spectacular offerings and dazzle us with spectacular offerings and experiences.

Check out: The Fregate Island Resort (Seychelles), The Brando (French Polynesia), Amenoi Resort (Vietnam) the recently re-born Golden Door (U.S.)–and for extraordinary opulence, Antara Palace Wellness Destination Spa (Cyprus)

About Spafinder Wellness, Inc.: Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® is the world’s largest media and marketing company for the spa and wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With nearly 30 years of experience as a spa and wellness authority, millions of people find inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365® brand, also known for its widely distributed gift cards—available at 70,000-plus retailers worldwide—and its global network of 20,000-plus spas, salons, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios and travel destinations. The company’s Corporate Wellness 365® division offers incentive products and partnerships that help to foster wellness in the workplace. Learn more at spafinder.com, spafinder.co.uk and spafinder.ca.