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Study: Organic diet reduces pesticide count by 90%

Pesticide exposure in adults can be reduced by almost 90 per cent by eating a mainly organic diet for just seven days, accord- ing to a study from the Australian RMIT University’s School of Health Sciences. Supervised by Professor Marc Cohen,

professor of complementary medicine at RMIT, the research is the first to com- pare the differences in pesticide residues in adults who consume organic and con- ventional food. Published in the journal Environmental Research, the study found that organophosphate pesticide levels in urine were reduced by 89 per cent aſter eat- ing a diet of mostly organic food for one week. Details:

Wellness congress held in London

Te Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) held its first roundtable event in London on recently to plan the growth strategy for the £261bn global wellness travel market. 24 tourism board, travel

and health leaders took part in a Q&A at the Dorchester hotel – the first of three meet- ings – moderated by GWTC executives Anni Hood and Susie Ellis. They discussed the language necessary to promote wellness tourism to consumers and governments. Te umbrella term of “well-

Leaders met to discuss the growing sector, which employs 12m people

ness tourism” doesn’t resonate with consumers, who need to know exactly what they can expect from a specific service – according to James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland. Diane Bouzebiba, managing director of

Amadeus UK and Ireland, argued that the wellness tourism industry must standardise its classifications of sub-products – such as hot springs, yoga retreats and weight loss resorts – so that consumers can use technol- ogy to search through clear categories. “We live in an age of extreme consumer search

Bellingham (right) at the Imagine Spa launch

Hazlewood Castle’s spa launched by British actor

British actor and former Loose Women star Lynda Bellingham has opened the Imagine Spa at Hazlewood Castle Hotel near Leeds. Hotel owners, Ashdale Hotels, have part-

nered with the new owners of the Imagine Spa – Mosaic Spa & Health Clubs to create this £200,000 3,500sq ſt (325sq m) facility – set within 77 acres of parkland. “We are delighted to have had a national

treasure like Lynda launch our new Imagine Spa,” said Dave Courteen, managing director of Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs. Designed by Justin O’Brien from Calder

Peel Design, the spa includes four treatment rooms, one of which is a double, a manicure and makeup lounge, a relaxation room, three changing rooms and a garden. Products used in treatments will be provided by Babor. The spa will also feature a Serail Mud

Chamber. Te two-person steam chamber is pre-programmed to give guests a 45-min- ute treatment. Various muds are applied by a therapist before they enter the steam cham- ber. Aſter 30 minutes of steam, an overhead shower washes the mud away – cooling the guests. Details:


where travellers want agencies and websites to manage every aspect of their trip” she said. It was also agreed that industry stakeholders

must make wellness tourism more mainstream and affordable. “Price perceptions must change so we can showcase this as a mainstream sector rather than a luxury niche – because too many people still believe the latter,” added Bouzebiba. The two additional roundtables sched-

uled for the first half of 2014 will take place in New York City and Washington DC. Details:

Cherkley Court spa plans are reapproved

Te much-disputed former home of press baron Lord Beaverbook will now be turned into a hotel, spa and golf course following a rul- ing from the court of appeal. Te High Court had pre-

viously quashed plans for Cherkley Court near Leatherhead, amid local opposition. But the decision was overturned aſter the dis- trict council appealed. Developer Longshot

Cherkley Court said it looked forward to pressing ahead with “this precious site of historic and environmental importance”. Plans for the £60m development include a 28 five-star private rooms or suites, and a brasserie and fine dining restaurant. Tere will be an outdoor family swimming

located at the former coach house. Te spa will offer wet and dry treatments and will have

Read Leisure Opportunities online: A High Court decision has been overturned regarding plans for the site

six single and two double treatment rooms, sauna, steamroom and ice room, in addition to an organic juice and tea bar. Te plans had attracted fierce opposition,

pool and a 20m indoor pool at the gym, which will also include aerobics and holistic studios. Both the health club and the spa will be

however, Lord Justice Richards concluded that “very special circumstances clearly out- weighed the harm”, including economic benefits to the area and facilities for visitors. Details:

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