Social media is full of people letting you peek into their private lives, but that can cause more harm than good if you are only seeing pretty people in perfectly staged photos. If you are looking for people to learn from and feel inspired by, it can be more difficult to find the best ones.

So we put together this list of some of the most important people or groups who are talking about health and well-being. Follow them and prosper.

Hazel Wallace

If you are looking for guidance on how to eat well, The Food Medic by Dr. Hazel Wallace is a great resource. Wallace is a medical doctor, as well as a certified personal trainer. She’s also pursuing a degree in nutrition. Her goal is to bridge the gap between “traditional medical advice” and current conversations in nutrition and lifestyle.

You can find more info on her website The Food Medic and on Instagram.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Since the Gates Foundation was created in 2000, it has been a pioneer in funding research and talking about the biggest health and wellness issues globally. The foundation has taken on big health issues like malaria, but also advocated for women’s reproductive rights. Some of their current projects also focus on income inequality. They collaborate with some of the world’s biggest experts, whom you’ll often find at their events and in their social media posts.

Follow the Gates Foundation on Instagram or find them on Twitter.

The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have a blog, podcast and books that aim to help people let go of physical objects and focus on what’s really important in life. Whether you are seriously considering shedding your worldly possessions or you are mainly curious about what some of the benefits might be, you’ll find some guidance and inspiration with The Minimalists.

Find them on their website The Minimalists and on Instagram

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New at The Minimalists:⠀ Can I Get Something?⠀ By @joshuafieldsmillburn ⠀ ⠀ As you leave a museum, you’re often forced to exit through the gift shop. It’s consumerism’s last gasp. And, sadly, it works. Every time my daughter, Ella, bounds through the knickknacks, tchotchkes, and souvenirs, she begs to bring one home:⠀ ⠀ “Can I get something? Please!”⠀ “What do you want?”⠀ “I don’t know—anything!”⠀ ⠀ That’s what consumerism does to everyone. We don’t know what we want, but we know we want more, and we want it now! We don’t even stop to think about it—to question what might add value to our lives, to question what might get in the way. But if we don’t question everything we bring into our lives, we’ll allow anything in.⠀ ⠀ The message of minimalism, then, is simple: If you didn’t need it five minutes ago, you probably don’t need it now. And even if you do, it wouldn’t hurt to wait.⠀ ⠀ If I tell Ella to ask me tomorrow whether she can buy that useless widget, she almost always forgets. That’s because we remember only that which is meaningful, and all the ephemera dissipates into the ether.⠀ ⠀ @dpezto

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Gretchen Rubin

Many people are looking for ways to become happier. Rubin went on a year-long experiment of trying different approaches to increase happiness and wrote about it in her book “The Happiness Project.” Her other books cover topics like personality, breaking habits and ways to organize your physical environment to promote inner calm.

You can find her on her website and on Instagram.

Deepak Chopra

Mindfulness has become a more mainstream topic in recent years, but Chopra has been an inspirational figure for years. Besides spiritual content, Chopra also writes about other topics such as what makes businesses successful and how to accomplish more by doing less.

Chopra’s website is here, where you can find out more about his books, podcasts, and videos.

Leo Babauta

Readers of Zen Habits are familiar with the minimalist and reflective nature of Babauta’s writing. He writes about habits, but also about life and things that people may struggle with on a daily basis, like guilt and shame. This is a great blog for anyone looking for a good break from reading the regular news feeds.

Follow Babauta on Zen Habits.

Kevin Hart

Although more known for his comedy, Hart is open about his fitness journey on his Instagram and podcast called Move With Hart. He’s also gotten people running with him in a worldwide community program in partnership with Nike called Run With Hart.

Follow Hart on Instagram or listen to the Move With Hart podcast.

Jessamyn Stanley

Stanley is a body positivity advocate and yoga instructor who uses yoga to move past mental and physical barriers. She emphasizes thinking about how you feel as you perform yoga, rather than how you look. In her book “Every Body Yoga,” she makes yoga approachable and also writes about her experiences when she was starting out with her yoga practice.

Check out her website or find her on Instagram. 

Jillian Michaels

Michaels is known for her time as a trainer on the television show “The Biggest Loser,” where she gave tough love and helped people reach their weight-loss goals. She also helps people at home with her app and fitness and food programs. Check out her Instagram for intense moves, inspirational quotes, or fun photos with friends (including some of the furry kind).

Find Michaels on Instagram.

Jamie Oliver

The charismatic chef has been at the forefront of the conversation surrounding food for many years. One of the biggest issues he talks about is access to good food for children in schools. Always pumping out cookbooks, Oliver can be relied on for everyday recipes and go-to party pleasers that are good for you.

Follow Oliver on Instagram.

 


 

All of these folks have important messages we can learn from; I know that I have. And if you are interested in keeping up with health and wellness topics, you can find me on Twitter.

Published on Nov 07, 2019