Well+Good was created to answer all the questions our friends, friends of friends, and perfect strangers wanted to know about health, beauty, fitness, and well-being, as soon as they found out what we did for a living.
As two journalists on this beat for national magazines—and how beauty products, alternative medicine, and spa practices work (or fail to)—we noticed that these topics weren’t really being reported in New York City for New Yorkers. So we put the spotlight on the huge yoga community here, called upon the New Yorkers crazy for kombucha to explain themselves, recognized that green markets are as beloved as museums, and saluted the battle between two top-rung spinning studios that’s approaching Mets vs. Yankees level.
As a result, we’ve become a wellness wire service. We get New Yorkers’ pressing self-care questions answered from local experts like acupuncturists and nutritionists, vet affordable and accessible well-being experiences, and cover journalistically what people here do in their own lives to feel well and good. Wellness culture is alive and well in NYC. In fact, it’s Well+Good.
Alexia Brue was a contributing editor at Luxury SpaFinder and Spa magazines and is the author of Cathedrals of the Flesh: My Search for the Perfect Bath (Bloomsbury). She has an MA in arts & culture journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveler among others. Alexia has appeared on the Travel Channel, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio, and more.
Wellness Habitat: West Side Highway running path, Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel, Juice Press, TenOverTen
Melisse Gelula is the former editor-in-chief of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, spa beauty editor at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s Travel Publications. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has completed six years of training as a psychoanalyst. Melisse has written for such publications as Departures, Martha Stewart Living, Organic Spa, and Budget Travel and has been featured as an industry expert in the New York Times and on CNN.com, the Travel Channel, E! News, and more.
Wellness Habitat: Prospect Park 5K loop, Flywheel, Barry’s Bootcamp, Figure 4 at Pure West, Kula Yoga, and Julia March
Lisa Elaine Held is Well+Good’s senior staff writer, which means she tries to find time to write (and tweet and Instagram) while running to back-to-back barre classes, boot camps, beauty treatments, and (veggie) burger tastings. She has written for the New York Press and the Columbia Journalist and has an MS in magazine journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She worked in the nonprofit world before surrendering to the “I’ve always wanted to be a writer” cliche. Wellness Habitat: The Brooklyn Grange, Yoga Agora, Astoria’s Natural Market, running the streets of Astoria, and basically any boot camp or boxing class you could think of.
Jennifer Kass is Well+Good’s good-nutrition weathervane and master of smoothie mixology. The former editor at Allure magazine also received formal nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). The Boulder, Colorado native founded a holistic health and wellness practice here in New York, to support clients in transformational diet and lifestyle changes. Wellness Habitat: YogaWorks Soho, Tribeca Farmer’s Market, and the West Side Highway bike path.
Ann Abel has been writing about spas and travel for more than ten years, and served as travel editor at ForbesLife and Luxury SpaFinder. In the name of spa research, she’s been tattooed in Bora Bora, had her face stuck with electrified needles in Switzerland, been blasted with hoses in Italy, and endured unspeakable uses of oil at an Ayurvedic center. For Well+Good, she has stand-up paddleboarded in the Hudson River (tip: if you fall in, keep your mouth shut) and been bitten by a massage therapist.
Wellness Habitat: The Shala, Trapeze School New York, Power Pilates, Hudson Valley hiking trails.
Jamie McKillop contributes to fitness fashion features and the Wellness Wire, reporting on the latest lust-worthy designer sneakers to what foods healthy people eat in Refrigerator Look Books. An (almost) NYU grad with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications, the Bay Area native began her career as a writer for 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco, making a foray into fashion PR at H&M and Balenciaga in New York, before solidifying her focus in journalism as a Well+Good contributor. Wellness Habitat: Jogging over the Williamsburg Bridge, YogaVida, the Greek yogurt section at Trader Joes, and The Butcher’s Daughter.
Kathleen Kincaid is an online product management, social media, and user experience design consultant with experience in content and tool driven websites. She’s worked for Microsoft, Yahoo!, Real Simple Magazine, Condé Nast Digital and numerous start-ups.
Wellness Habitat: NYC’s ice skating rinks, rollerblade-friendly roads, and tennis courts
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