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What Will Wellness Look Like in 2020?

Friday, November 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
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We certainly will be getting a lot of the prognostications about what 2020 will look like in the coming months. Personally, I anticipate we will be inundated with phrases like “perfect vision,” “new decade,” “Roaring 2020s” … It will be interesting, too, as we will see massive political changes occurring across the world in 2020. How will this affect the Global Happiness Report, Well-Being Index, the International Economy, and an individual’s ability to find and maintain high-level wellness? 

2020 marks a special time in my own life. In May 2020, my daughter will graduate from high school. It will be quite emotional to watch our daughter (an only child) spread her wings and fly, as my wife and I become empty-nesters. This means we will be looking for new (and exciting) opportunities to learn and grow ourselves, as our daughter embarks on her own learning and growth journey.

Professionally, wellness is evolving at a rapid pace. Here are six ways I envision wellness reimagined in the next decade:

  1. Wellness is an economic indicator – thriving communities view wellness as a strategic differentiator to their economic development efforts. A well community is a vibrant community with opportunities for their residents to learn, work, live and play.
  2. Workplace, community and individual wellness efforts are better aligned to ALL 6 dimensions of wellness. The research already proves that the best initiatives for wellness support all dimensions and the removal of systems barriers for individuals, places, cultures, health, learning, and growth accelerates this movement!
  3. Functional medicine is a key connector between wellness and health. In a world where we can get our DNA checked and build a customized approach to one’s lifestyle choices, functional medicine becomes a key success factor for those individuals who are at risk of chronic disease and who are managing a lifestyle-related chronic condition. It is already gaining momentum; I believe it will be a regular part of any coordination of care in 2020 and into the next decade.
  4. Social Isolation is the biggest factor that is hurting our well-being and our economy, and governments, corporations, and communities will finally turn their attention to this major international issue.
  5. Data analytics are focused on economic factors, social determinants of health AND health outcomes – rather than just clinical outcomes.
  6. Systems for health, education, work, and living are changing toward making the individual the key to the success – not the process.

However, especially in the United States, the 2020 election could undermine these shifts. It will be interesting to see how stress, anxiety, polarization, a frenzy of social media, and the selection of the US President will affect wellness strategies across the globe.

There is tremendous excitement surrounding where the tides have swung regarding wellness, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Collectively, we are the world-wide voice of the wellness community, and we have the capabilities to drive the right message. Keep up the good fight. Wellness is winning.

Chuck Gillespie, CEO, National Wellness Institute