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GWD Kids Project launches20 March 2018Global Wellness Day (GWD), an entirely not-for-profit, volunteer social event held in 100 different countries each year on the second Saturday in June to raise awareness towards living well, has announced a special focus on children in 2018. Several South African spa properties participated in last year’s GWD, the idea of which is to provide complimentary, educational and experiential wellness activities to the public to promote good physical and mental health.Global Wellness Day was the brainchild of Belgin Aksoy Berkin from Turkey, herself a cancer survivor, and was quickly embraced by the wellness industry. Only two years after its 2014 worldwide launch, GWD was celebrated in 100 different countries at over 4,000 locations.The GWD Kids Project has a goal of implementing five-minute wellness circle time at pre-schools around the world each morning and one-hour wellness class at elementary schools once a week.In consultation with the reputable universities, clinics and international wellness leaders, the curriculum will be focusing on three different concepts; Self-Love, Breathing and Mindfulness. Children will be learning about breathing exercises to improve their health and manage their stress; about mindfulness (from healthy eating to nature walks) to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing; and about self-love to let go of shame, anger, blame and to feel at peace, learning to accept themselves and others.International governmental institutions, mayors and associations have rallied to support GWD in places like India, the US, Canada, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Turkey, Serbia and Brazil. Over the past few years, GWD received the support of Hollywood stars such as Ving Rhames, Josh Charles, Ty Burrell, Jessie Taylor Ferguson, Mayim Bialik, Joe Morton; authors such as Deepak Chopra and Agapi Stassinopoulos, sports stars such as Venus Williams and Rainbeau Mars and leaders of the business world including Founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson, co-creator of SKYPE, Jonas Kjellberg and Wendy Kopp, CEO / Co-Founder of Teach for All. Thus far in 2018, British rock star Rod Stewart has added his support to GWD, as has well-known TV personality and medical doctor, Mehmet Oz. To follow what happens from one end of the world to the other on Saturday, 9 June, follow the hashtag #GlobalWellnessDay.