Say ‘Yes’ To Global Wellness Day


With Global Running Day in our rearview and Chicago Bike Week currently rolling, it’s obvious that summer is a time to recognize the importance of health and exercise; Saturday is no different, as the entire world will celebrate wellness.

Global Wellness Day occurs the second Saturday of June every year, and is a non-for-profit project created by volunteers dedicated to living well. The mission of the holiday is to have everyone actively seek out ways to live a healthier life, and raise awareness about increasing motivation on the remaining 364 days of the year.

Chicago is hosting a complimentary athletic and strength workout led by Nike Master Trainer Jason Raynor as part of the celebration at 9:30 a.m. at the JW Marriot Chicago. The workout will consist of high-intensity interval training, metabolic conditioning, a scenic run through the city and a relaxing yoga series at the end. The event is free with registration, and hydration stations and healthy snacks will be provided.

Additionally, people can choose to say “Yes!” to the special day on the national website. A GWD Wellness Test is also available online to asses how satisfied one is with their lives, and gives suggestions on improvement.

As described on, there are seven steps to making Wellness a lifestyle. “What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis,” the website states. The seven steps are: walk for an hour, drink more water, do not use plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good dead, have a family dinner and go to sleep at 10 p.m.

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey, and has now been accepted worldwide. As of 2015, it is officially celebrated in 73 countries as the “first” day dedicated to living well.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.