The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
City of London Corporation
£35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Epping Forest, London
Everyone Active
Competitive rates of pay
South Oxhey Leisure Centre, Watford
University of Leeds
£37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Leeds
Swansea Council
£53,653 – £58,089pa
Swansea
star job
Redbridge Sports & Leisure
on request
Barkingside, Essex

19th US Surgeon General tells the wellness sector 'we all have the power to be healers'

Job opportunities
Pendle Leisure Trust
£Competitive + fabulous benefits package
location: Nelson, Lancashire, United Kingdom
more jobs

Dr Vivek Murthy, the 19th US Surgeon General, spoke to attendees of the Global Wellness Summit yesterday (10 November) about the importance of addressing loneliness on a personal level, in the workplace, in communities and society.

In a powerful interview with Dr Richard Carmona, the 17th US Surgeon General and chief of health innovations at Canyon Ranch, he said that an antidote to loneliness is human connection and building relationships with people.

“Few medicines are more powerful than love, compassion and kindness,” he said, “and all of us have the power to be healers because all of us have the power to be kind, compassionate and loving.”

Murthy has just been tapped by president-elect Joe Biden to lead the USA’s response to COVID-19. He’s also the author of a best-selling book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.

He explained that he was motivated to write the book because of things he’s seen during his many years of clinical practice and as surgeon general.

“I was never trained to think about loneliness in medical school, but I’d often see patients coming into hospital on their own in really difficult times and I’d ask them if there was someone I could call to be with them and a lot of times they would say ‘I wish there was, but there’s no one’.

“As surgeon general, people were talking to me about their struggles with depression, opioid use disorder, concerns with chronic disease and would say ‘on top of all of this, I have to deal with this on my own’, ‘I feel abandoned’, ‘I feel like if I disappeared tomorrow, no one would even care’– and this resonated with me.”

Loneliness, Murthy said, is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, dementia and premature death and is also linked with a higher risk of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and a host of other conditions. All of these challenges, which are mostly preventable diseases, cost the US up to US$3tn a year in healthcare costs.

Recognising the social and economic burden of isolation, the UK even appointed a Minister for Loneliness in 2018 and Australia and several countries in Europe are also taking the lead to combat it.

“The book I wrote was essentially about loneliness, but I became fascinated and encouraged by the power of social connection,” Murthy said.

“The more meaningful social relations we have, the more it enhances all dimensions of our lives – not just our physical and mental health, it also enhances how we perform in school and in the workplace.”

But, he added, you don’t need years and years of relationships to make a difference. Even a barista at a coffee shop smiling at you, asking you how you are and waiting to hear your response counts.

“Research has shown that even if you have a brief interaction with someone that’s positive, that’s marked by kindness and compassion, you have a longer impact on them than just a few seconds.”

Touch is also profoundly important, he said.

Offering advice to all those in the world of spa and wellness, Murthy concluded: “If you think about designing your workplaces for your staff and the services you provide your community, just recognise that whenever you can, bring people together where they can understand one another more clearly by sharing, where they have opportunities to help one another which help to strengthen connection.

“Then you’re helping to build community. You're contributing to healing… especially during this time of COVID-19, because people are dealing with extraordinary levels of stress, anxiety and uncertainty.”

To explore more ideas about how spas can help tackle loneliness, click here.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Dr Vivek Murthy, the 19th US Surgeon General, spoke to attendees of the Global Wellness Summit yesterday (10 November) about the importance of addressing loneliness on a personal level, in the workplace, in communities and society.
SAB,CPW,CAS,PHR
2020/THUMB346591_491067_402710.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 67,987
21 Jun 2024
According to a year-long study, offering financial incentives to people to encourage them to lose weight is effective and could be a low-cost solution to ... More
20 Jun 2024
Xponential Fitness has appointed sales and franchise expert, Mark King, as CEO, to take the company forward following Anthony Geisler’s abrupt exit in May. King ... More
20 Jun 2024
Fitness influencer and karate champion, Anna Lewandowska, has announced the launch of a multi-concept boutique in Barcelona called Edan Studios based on HIIT, Pilates and ... More
20 Jun 2024
Turkish hospitality group Maxx Royal Resorts has launched a new upscale coastal retreat on Türkiye's Bodrum peninsula, complete with a large 4,500sq m destination spa. ... More
19 Jun 2024
Victoria Brownlie, the British Beauty Council’s chief of policy and sustainability, has been named in King Charles’ Birthday Honours 2024 for her services to the ... More
19 Jun 2024
The Health & Fitness Association (formerly IHRSA) has announced Singapore-based attorney and international industry advocate, Sean Tan, as its senior representative in Asia. In the ... More
19 Jun 2024
With the UK General Election imminent, industry strategist, Martyn Allison, says it’s time for the sector in the UK to stop asking for money and ... More
19 Jun 2024
Global restaurant brand, Subway, has teamed up with GB Basketball, Breaking GB and Skateboard GB to promote physical activity in these three emerging sports. The ... More
19 Jun 2024
A new retreat focused on helping people lead longer, happier lives is launching on the Japanese island of Okinawa. As one of the world's five ... More
18 Jun 2024
More than 20 organisations have joined together in the UK to form the Swim Alliance, which will advocate with one cohesive voice and work to ... More
18 Jun 2024
One&Only Resorts has introduced a new three-storey spa on the picturesque Greek island of Kéa, located at its recently launched oceanfront property, One&Only Kéa Island ... More
18 Jun 2024
According to a number of recent studies, semaglutide weight-loss drugs can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, dementia, addiction and some eating disorders. There is ... More
17 Jun 2024
German health and fitness operator, LifeFit Group, has found a new investor – Waterland Private Equity Investments. The deal is expected to complete later this ... More
16 Jun 2024
Virtual reality creators Excurio has teamed up with experts from The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle to create Life Chronicles London, a free-roaming VR experience. Visitors ... More
15 Jun 2024
More than 200 organisations and athletes in the UK have signed an open letter to party leaders to commit to making the nation the most ... More
1 - 15 of 67,987
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd