The Wellness Valley is the first international District for knowledge in Wellness and the Quality of Life and the first example of a Wellness Community in the world.
The project involves the whole region of Romagna and was launched publicly in 2002 by Nerio Alessandri, president and founder of Technogym.
The Wellness Valley is a social innovation model which focuses on people and their health and promotes well-being for everyone at all ages by creating an environment that supports and encourages healthy lifestyle choices.
Wellness is a social opportunity for everyone: for people firstly, for companies, for the institutions, for the territory, for the whole community. The Wellness Valley project leverages the human, economic and social capital of Romagna and networks the excellences to produce innovative projects and initiatives that bring wellness into the lives of thousands of people, with benefits at both an individual and a collective level.
The Wellness Valley covers all the area of Romagna, including 1.2 million residents and 75 municipalities.
Since 2003 Wellness Foundation has been leading and coordinating this initiative which involves over 250 public and private stakeholders, including institutions, municipal administrations, schools, companies, medical doctors, research centres, health authorities, the university, sports and cultural associations, gyms, spas and hotels.
Over the years more than 70 best practices have been developed in the Wellness Valley which make this territory a true living lab and demonstrate how it is possible to create a “Wellness Ecosystem”: from the educational programs against childhood obesity to free physical activity in public parks for active aging, from the prescription of physical exercise for the prevention of chronic diseases to the promotion of lifestyle events up to active holiday packages that combine movement, food and wine, nature, art and culture.
Today the Wellness Valley is regarded as an international benchmark for the realization of effective, inclusive and sustainable integrated health systems. A place where the aspiration to well-being is confronted with the real ability to offer innovative experiences and opportunities to improve the quality of life and social, economic and environmental sustainability, with positive effects on the whole community.