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Next new thing for Whole Foods? A health resort


Whole Foods Market's John Mackey says his company plans to open a health resort in Austin, Texas, designed to teach people how to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Whole Foods Market, which energized the natural products community last week with its GMO labeling announcement, is working on other ways to take the healthy living market to new levels. According to USA Today, the growing retail chain plans to open a high-end health resort near its Austin, Texas headquarters by 2016.

Along with pampering themselves with spa services and delicious, healthy food, Whole Foods' resort guests would also be treated to the latest thinking in healthy living. "Think of it as a center where people would go for a day, a weekend or a week for healthy lifestyle education," Whole Foods Co-Founder John Mackey told USA Today.

Next new thing for Whole Foods? A health resortMackey said the idea for the health resort came from an internal Whole Foods program that has successfully helped employees lose weight and improve their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

In the end, the idea will be an experiment designed to move more people along the healthy living spectrum. "I’ve seen it improve the lives of hundreds of our team members," Mackey said. 

As someone who recently attended Whole Foods’ Academy for Conscious Leadership, I know firsthand how successful the retailer and its people can be at educating and spreading a way of thinking that is at the heart of the company's success. For that reason, I think Whole Foods' health resort concept has legs, and I for one would be happy to spend a future vacation at a health resort in Austin.

What do you think? Would you plan a stay at a Whole Foods Market healthy living resort? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 16, 2013

Whole Foods is FAKE!

A very fashionable Safewayj. They lie about not selling GMO foods and generally are pushing their brand "365" with removal of the competition. They sell produce from Mexico instqead of organically grown, USA produce. Whole Foods is unprincipled and disgustiing. Next thing you know, they will be selling Tires and pesticides next to meats.

Lykotic (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2013

So... a "bust video" about workers being incompetent means the entire company is corrupt. Great logic there, seriously... it is at about a 3rd grade level. Show me actual information published and verified as being from Whole Foods on this issue and then I will care.

Also, Whole Foods is stepping up and requiring GMO labeling by 2018, where is anyone else with clout on this?

WF is not amazing, but it is also not a villain... ti is (imagine this) an imperfect company.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 9, 2013

before you start shooting off comments do some research first

Betty j (not verified)
on Mar 17, 2013

Yes, absolutely. Great plan.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 22, 2013

They should check out the meat department at the Westwood location....
(the back of the store, not what customers see)....

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

I wish that Whole fods would not use Canola oil in the food that they sell. CANOLA means : Canadian Oil Low Acid......people use it because its much cheaper. It from rapeseed...and canola is the oil which is sentto the market after removing toxic material.....

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 4, 2013

Newhope sure loves Whole Foods.

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