Hylton Lipkin, general manager of Garrya Mu Cang Chai and Le Champ Tu Le Resort Hot Spring and Spa, is a World Wellness Weekend ambassador in Vietnam. He sees the weekend as fun, but also a significant few days for Vietnamese people to raise awareness about their health and wellbeing.
"Ask yourself what you can do to help the people around you, ask yourself if you are happy and healthy, and if not, then do something about it. I want to make people aware of their own health and help them understand that each of us has a responsibility to help ourselves and those around us," Lipkin said.
Vietnamese cuisine is seen as healthy and nutritious and many hotels and resorts here provide packages promoting a healthy lifestyle to international tourists with lots of fresh, organic, food on offer.
"Vietnam has nearly 200 destinations, hotels, resorts and businesses that participated in World Wellness Weekend, and we hope to do even better with more than 500 participating venues in the future,” Lipkin added.
World Wellness Weekend was created in 2017 by professional wellness specialists to inspire and empower people to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle and to enjoy it with family and friends.
'Good Health and Wellbeing for all' is among the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and so, in partnership with the UN's Global Sustainability Index Institute, the World Wellness Weekend encourages all relevant local authorities to organise free healthcare activities over the third weekend of September each year.
This timing of the event is connected to the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the time when day and night are equal, representing harmony in our work/life balance.
From the first sunrise in Fiji on September 15 to the last sunset in Hawaii on September 17, the World Wellness Weekend sought to encourage each of us to experience activities to boost our wellbeing and to share our best self with relatives, friends, and colleagues.