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Beverly Hills, City of Wealth and Wellth
by Andrea Rademan
The world knows Beverly Hills as a city of wealth but this summer a new, city-sponsored initiative has transformed the enclave into a City of WELLTH.
“Wellness is glamorous!” declares WELLTHNESS campaign ambassador, supermodel Christie Brinkley, who credits her long career to a healthy, holistic lifestyle. The multi-faceted entrepeneur is also the author of Timeless Beauty and has launched The Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line, the Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection, a line of wigs, and Organic Prosecco, called Bellissima, from Italy.
As for “wellthness,” that term was coined by Jason Wachob, founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, with over 10 million monthly unique visitors. He traded Wall Street’s physical and mental demands, along with financial wealth, for a new life currency, described in his book, Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résume.
Experts in the pillars of WELLTH who joined Jason at Alo Yoga to discuss their areas of expertise included: Caley Alyssa (MOVE); Dana Claudat (RESTORE); James Duigan (GRATITUDE); Charlie Knowles (EXPLORE); and Matthew Kenney (EAT).
Alyssa (MOVE), an internationally recognized yoga teacher with over 100.000 followers, hosted the introductory event at Alo, her flagship yoga studio and rooftop deck (370 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, (310) 295-1860), where she discussed how fitness should be an integral part of life. On the ground floor she sells carefully curated lines of fitness wear.
Dana Claudat (RESTORE) is a Stanford-educated art historian who has worked with A-List creators and global entrepreneurs who seek creativity, clarity, love and empowerment in their homes and lives. She encourages restful sleep using Feng Shui.
James Duigan (GRATITUDE), the founder of Bodyism, a UK company that offers personal training and wellness solutions, is noted for his Clean and Lean philosophy. He refers to his work as ‘the business of kindness.’
Charlie Knoles (EXPLORE) began practicing Vedic meditation at age four. As a meditation teacher, he developed a new curriculum in the Himalayan Mountains of India. Currently based in Bali, Knoles frequently visits the U.S. teaching everyone from celebrities and CEOs to monks and stay-at-home dads.
WELLTH Participating restaurant specials (locally sourced, plant-based, vegan, paleo and/or use grass-fed or hormone-free meat). For more on Matthey Kenney (EAT) see below.
Bedford & Burns, 369 Bedford Dr, (310) 273-8585
A starter of shaved raw cauliflower with lemon, olive oil and Parmesan. An entree of grilled salmon filet on a bed of shaved raw cauliflower with lemon, olive oil and Parmesan.
Bouchon Beverly Hills, 235 N Canon Dr, (310) 271-9910
Bon Départ: Grain bowl of bulgar wheat, kale, market vegetables, poached hen egg and sunflower seeds.
Citizen Beverly Hills, 184 N Canon Dr, (310) 402-5885
Citizen Elixir made with fresh ginger, lemon lime and muddled strawberry.
Comoncy Beverly Hills, 413 N Bedford Dr, (424) 285-8874
Roasted Avocado Salad: Local avocados, soft herbs, organic cherry tomatoes, radish, scallion, chile lime vinaigrette.
Coral Tree Café, 225 S Beverly Dr, (310) 553-8733
Beverly Chopped Salad: Napa cabbage, house greens, sugar peas, charred asparagus, scallion, radish, spiced peanuts, lemon verbena vinaigrette.
The Farm of Beverly Hills, 439 N Beverly Dr, (310) 273-5578
The “WELLTH® Special” a Kale and Quinoa Salad with organic kale, quinoa, vegetables, avocado and red wine vinaigrette.
Gratitude, 419 N Canon Dr, (424) 389-1850
WELLTH® juice or smoothie. “WELLthy Flight” flight of three wellness shots.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, (310) 246-0756
Eat Slow Bowl: Violet and green kale, farro and quinoa tossed in a housemade vegan Caesar dressing, with cucumber, grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, garbanzos and grilled asparagus, topped with bee pollen and aged balsamic vinegar.
Ladurée, 311 N Beverly Dr, (310) 623-1100
Increase your WELLTH® score by treating yourself occasionally. Ladurée's macaroons and baked goods are a perfect way to indulge.
M Café, 9433 Brighton Way, (310) 858-8459
Probiotic Bowl, plant-based and gluten-free: Green kale, brown rice, Mozuku natto, house-made kimchee, asparagus pepperoncini, teriyaki tempeh, avocado, pea shoot and sesame seeds.
Matthew Kenney NM, 9700 Wilshire Blvd, (310) 550-5900
A plant-based restaurant tucked away on the third floor of Neiman Marcus. Have a half Reuben or wild mushroom sandwich with soup and/or salad.
Porta Via, 424 N Canon Dr, (310) 274-6534
Tomato & Basil Egg White Omelet made with locally-sourced ingredients. Fully Green Juice, made with Kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley and celery.
Prospect Gourmand, 272 S La Cienega Blvd, (310) 204-9151
Get the Farmers Market Salad with local asparagus, wild baby arugula, pea sprouts, organic cherry tomato, basil, roasted all natural almonds, Point Reyes blue cheese, avocado, oak barrel aged vinegar, and California olive oil, The WELLTH Burger with olive oil ciabatta, grass fed & hormone free "probiotic aioli" made from local yogurt and red miso, house made kimchi and kaleslaw, farmstead Toma cheese from Point Reyes and the house blended kale cucumber mint lemonade. $18
Xian, 362 N Canon Dr, (310) 275-3345
Try an organic Gluten Free Green Tea Noodle dish.
Local hotels offering WELLTH room and spa packages include: The Beverly Hills Hotel; The Beverly Hilton; the Beverly Wilshire (A Four Seasons hotel); Luxe Rodeo Drive; Montage; The Peninsula; SIXTY; Viceroy L’Ermitage; and the Waldorf Astoria. Visit lovebeverlyhills.com/wellth for details and booking information.
Those who are not staying at a hotel can rejuvenate at The Spa on Rodeo (421 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 424.284.8040) with a special Wellthness treatment: a Cupping Massage drain toxins from the cells and removes waste through the lymphatic system, working against depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and chronic joint conditions; or an Organic Facial, which uses organic skincare products and natural healing ingredients to improve sensitive skin conditions.
Travelers can find out their 902*IQ through a fun quiz at lovebeverlyhills.com/quiz. Participants can check their current wellthy lifestyle score and learn how to improve it, as well as share it on social media at #BHWellth.
Beverly Hills is a premier travel destination with beautiful weather year-round, acclaimed full-service and boutique hotel accommodations, superb dining, and unrivaled shopping. Synonymous with Hollywood glamour, the home and playground of A-list movie stars is not only known for its mansions and chic shops but also for its art and architecture, spas and salons, and walkability.
In fact residents and visitors are invited to join Mayor Lili Bosse on a series of walks where you can share your thoughts and discuss community issues. Free 2-hour parking is available at the Civic Center Structure on Rexford Drive, next to the Library. Walks occur most Monday mornings at 8:30am and depart from the Crescent Drive side of City Hall. Info: 310-285-1013 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you walk with the mayor or were able to join Dr. Deepak Chopra in a guided meditation session on City Hall grounds, make Beverly Hills your first destination for WEALTH and WELLTH.