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Beyond Meat has shot to fame with its signature ‘bleeding’ meat, and now the vegan brand is popping up at restaurants, grocery stores and food delivery apps throughout the UAE. Here’s where to find some incredible Beyond Meat burgers, plus a few burritos too.  Plant Power Business Bay: Available by delivery only, this happy, healthy venue serves up salads with a side of calorie and macro breakdown. Their Beyond Meat burger comes with cashew chipotle...

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Health and wellness are the main priorities at Absolute Sanctuary, located on Koh Samui island in Thailand. Specializing in fitness, health, lifestyle weight management, they have a variety of programs that will help you achieve whatever goals you want to set. With Moroccan-inspired architecture hidden away in the thick vegetation of the surrounding hills, the property has 38 rooms ranging from superior versions to large suites. Inside Absolute Sanctuary The centerpiece of the resort is...

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Meg Nakagawa-Hoffman knows about mental health challenges: the New York University Abu Dhabi student was diagnosed with depression at the age of 17.  She sought out a psychiatrist and has been on medication ever since. Then her cousin, who suffered from mental health problems, took his own life. And she became determined to put mental health on the map in a productive way. Now 20, the political science and legal studies major – who is originally...

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We’re all trying to do our bit for the environment, right?  Saying no to straws and recycling plastic bottles is all good and well, but is it really possible to make a difference and save the planet? Connect With Nature is hoping to prove this is possible, thanks to a combination of modern technology and the great outdoors.  The new initiative is the brainchild of the Emirates Nature-WWF in collaboration with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi...

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Standing almost 900 feet or 300 meters high and visible from miles around, the FIVE Jumeirah Village hotel is one of Dubai’s most striking new buildings. But beyond bringing a touch of chic to Jumeirah Village Circle (infinity pools on most of the rooms’ balconies will do that), it has also provided a much-needed boost to the community’s health and fitness options, including short workouts. The new InstaBody gym is a sprawling facility with four...

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Parents need to intervene early when they see their children are overweight, to prevent any associated health risks and help them grow up into healthy adults. That’s the message from Imperial College of London Diabetes Centre’s pediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist, Dr Sherif El-Refee. “It is estimated that around 40 percent of children in the UAE are either overweight or obese,” says the Abu Dhabi-based specialist. “And obesity increases their risk for a host of serious...

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As a physical education teacher, I see every day that children are eating food that is bad for them. They are eating too much processed food, including sodas, sweets, fast food and other junk foods. All are packed with unhealthy ingredients. But why are they eating this stuff?  Well, bad food is big business. Billions of dollars are made each year by junk food manufacturers. Food that is sweet and fast and cheaper to make,...

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Louise Ryan did everything right: the British opera singer, who has performed with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra, eats well, exercises regularly and manages her stress. But in February last year, she experienced the worst headache of her life and after being rushed to hospital, found out she had a type of aneurysm known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a very rare form of stroke in which there is bleeding into the brain. She underwent...

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The UAE is taking workplace wellness to the next level by promoting the WELL Building Standard, which aims to boost employee performance by improving everything from the air they breath to the desks they sit at.  “Currently, companies are looking at wellness strategies, like programs for nutrition, smoking cessation, giving somebody a gym membership and they’re really not working,” said Ann Marie Aguilar, director of European operations at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in...

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It’s 10pm at the Kibo Hut, which sits at an elevation of 4,750 meters above sea level in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. There are 22 women, including me, all sporting Gulf for Good-branded yellow duffel bags and hiking backpacks and we are packed like sardines into a tiny room at this final camp before the mountain’s summit.  In two hours, at midnight, we will begin our slow, arduous trek up to the 5,895m Uhuru...

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Starvation detoxes are out, and ultra hip, fitness-meets-fun wellness retreats are in. Here are some that get it right – and why they’re worth traveling for.  There was a moment during W Hotel’s Fuel Weekend where I knew I wasn’t cool enough to be there.  Everyone had finished a day of trendy workout classes led by boutique gym instructors from across Dubai. The visiting fitness influencer, Bradley Simmonds, was wrapping up his outdoor HIIT class and...