Mind, Body and Spirit: The History of Wellness in America

Jun 07, 04:00 PM

On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian explore the history of the wellness industry in the U.S.

Recent estimates have put the value of the “Wellness Industry” at $4.2 billion, with celebrities like Jay-Z and Gwyneth Paltrow offering advice on how to get, and stay, well. But being holistically healthy hasn’t always involved a daily dose of meditation. Ed and Brian explore the history of Wellness, a story which takes in breakfast cereal, leotards and Sigmund Freud. 

Image: Aerobics created by Fotoburo de Boer between 1983 and 1985

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