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We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: February 22–28, 2014.


Chipotle announced it will introduce its tofu option, currently available on the West Coast, at New York locations on Monday, March 3. The crumbled tofu, called sofritas, is blended with peppers and spices and is made with organic, non-GMO tofu from Hodo Soy.

The F.D.A. proposed changes to nutrition labels on Thursday, which would correct problems with serving sizes, point out added sugars (as opposed to naturally occurring ones), and make calorie counts more prominent, among other things. The changes will be open to public comment for 90 days.

A mushroom “farm” (Photo:

Last week, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition celebrated the launch of Integrative Nutrition (Third Edition): Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness, an updated version of the forward-thinking school’s best-seller.

How Does It Grow?, a brand-new non-profit organization, launched this week. It creates short, beautiful videos that explore where our food comes from, seed and soil to serving dish, “one crop at a time.” The debut video about mushrooms will tell you where the mushroom capital of the U.S. is—among other cool facts you can share at your next cocktail party. Perhaps over stuffed mushroom caps?


Model trainer Justin Gelband opened his first dedicated fitness studio, Modelfit, on the Bowery in Nolita, where he’ll offer group classes and a wellness and nutrition program with partner Vanessa Packer.

Exhale revealed it will open a Flatiron fitness studio in May, with a new High Intensity Interval Training class offered exclusively at this location.

Flywheel merch to be sold at Bloomingdale's. (Photo:
Flywheel merch to be sold at Bloomingdale’s. (Photo:

Flywheel is closing one of its two studios in Charlotte, North Carolina this week, but will continue to expand across the country. (Yes, it had two locations in Charlotte!)

SIN Workouts kicked off a new hotel fitness concierge service starting with The Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Mahattan.

Equinox’s Cycle for Survival closes its 2014 season this Sunday, March 2, with classes in New York City to benefit research on rare cancers. This year, the event took place in 13 cities.

A new online workout website, launched this week, with 15 trainers, 7 fitness categories, and more than 100 videos. The online library includes popular trainers and workouts like Jillian Michaels, Doonya, Tone It Up, and Blogilates founder Cassey Ho.


Lululemon announced it will be hosting its annual warehouse sale in Minnesota this year—bad news for New Yorkers who took the LIRR to the sale last year. The brand is banking on shoppers traveling to get there and is hoping to capitalize on traffic to the nearby Mall of America.


And more Flywheel news: Bloomingdale’s will be selling some of the popular cycling line’s fashion collection in stores and online. This just after the retailer began selling threads from Barry’s Bootcamp.


Vedic meditation master teacher Thom Knoles is hosting a series of talks, workshops, and four-day courses in New York, now through March 6.

Bliss Out Retreats is hosting two wellness workshops to benefit the Africa Yoga Project this month. They include yoga, guided meditation, nutrition intel, and more. They’ll take place on March 9 at Pure Yoga East and March 15 at Yoga People in Brooklyn.

Swerve Fitness is hosting a “Spin for Safety” fundraising event to benefit Autism Speaks, in response to the Avonte Oquendo tragedy, on March 29. The event includes a cycling class and reception with juices from Liquiteria.