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23 Aug Grand opening!

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The first Whole Foods MarketWellness Club” has opened! Whole Foods is planning on opening more throughout the year. We love this idea, and we are excited to see them take off in the next year. Many thanks to  Jeff Novick RD for helping get things started!

Read all about the first Wellness Club here!

What cities do you think should have a Wellness Club?

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Alisa Erickson
    Posted at 09:50h, 23 August

    How fantastic!! Need to make one happen at my local Whole Foods :o) Congrats!

  • Nelson
    Posted at 10:01h, 23 August

    The Cleveland, Oh, area stores could use a Wellness Club, especially if it will do a lot with plant-base, no oil.

  • Alli
    Posted at 10:46h, 23 August

    Woohoo! Can’t wait for the Oakland Wellness Center to open next month!

    • Teresa
      Posted at 21:10h, 23 August

      I may have to drive to Oakland to visit this…I think that is about 2 hours or so.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 11:07h, 23 August

    Honestly this seems pretty elitist. Its too high for my budget (and I allow a lot for healthy foods, farmers markets, and wellness programs/family adventures). This wellness program will capture an already captive group. Its “preaching to the choir”. The major population that needs these services already precieve Whole Foods as an expensive store, at least my patient population. I work hard to get them to give “health stores” a chance. We have a local competative market grocer that offers the same thing for free or discounted. This might be a hard sell in my region.

  • George
    Posted at 11:07h, 23 August

    Bring it on

  • Caroline
    Posted at 11:09h, 23 August

    We’d love to see Dr. Lederman and Dr. Pulde open one in their home town of Los Angeles!

  • Lisa G
    Posted at 12:28h, 23 August

    How awesome! Dallas needs one!

  • Ms. Adventuress
    Posted at 12:43h, 23 August

    Whole Foods has emerged as a great landing spot for those “conventional and mainstream people” trying to steeer away from the lack of healthy food found at the typical national chain grocery store. These very same people also might not feel comfortable shopping at their local co-op healthy food store. What a great thing, now moving this abundance forward, into organized social wellness.

    It is a bit on the spendy side, so I know that will be a challenge for many. Fortunately, many local co-op healthy food stores also offer similar gatherings for free or more reduced fees. That said, Whole Foods has a chance to bring a bigger draw “from the mainstream”, and that is exciting. Whatever works, I say, do it. There is room for all. The details can be worked out along the way.

    Fingers crossed that at least one major Whole Foods store in each state can participate. ♥

  • Teresa
    Posted at 21:12h, 23 August

    We need one in Sacramento, California.

  • Kristin Living Plant Strong
    Posted at 22:48h, 24 August

    This is awesome. I hope a Wellness Club opens in Arizona soon! Living Plant Strong is the way to go!

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