Welcome to the 92nd volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom.
This week’s theme is resilience.
Whether it’s a conservation group helping an endangered animal claw its way back from the brink of extinction, a doctor tackling the battle with sugar head-on, a group of men working to help one-another through tough times, or an Olympian trying to stay at peak performance, resilience is how we get through the tough times to reach our pinnacle.
We’ll be looking at:
- Practical ways to cut back on sugar
- An interview with Olympic snowboarder Jasmine Baird
- Crocodiles fighting to survive
- Snow Jams by Truth Smith
- A weekly walking group helping men with mental health
The Guardian brings us the story of NHS anaesthetist and Great British Baking Show contestant Tamal Ray’s quest to cut down on sugar due to soaring rates of obesity and diabetes. His best tip? Save the big sweets for the weekend, and try to go for a more measured approach during the week. He also doesn’t put his trust in low-calorie and sugar-free sweeteners, but rather thinks it’s best to have a little bit of sugar now and then. We couldn’t agree more, which is why we add just a few grams of real cane sugar to Wize so you can still enjoy iced tea without excess sweetness.
This week’s interview is a throwback with snowboarder Jasmine Baird. Baird is based out of Georgetown, Ontario and has been snowboarding from the time she could walk. She quickly began entering (and winning) local contests at the Beaver Valley Ski Club. That led to her winning nationals, and eventually competing at the Beijing Olympics this past year. Jasmine hopes to have been to her second Olympics within the next five years, and to get there she knows that staying healthy is a huge part of the preparation. That’s why she drinks Wize all day—before the gym, after the gym, with lunch, and even in the afternoon. She likes the light hit of caffeine and the smooth flavor, and we love being able to power a Canadian Olympian!
Fresh from Colossal is this series of photographs featuring the gharial—a large crocodile with a distinctive bulge on its snout. The gharial, native to Nepal and India, is endangered and there were only a few hundred left in the world as of 2017 due to overfishing and sand mining. But thanks to the National Chambal Sanctuary, their numbers have begun growing again. One hopeful example is shown in these photographs with a father carrying over 100 of his children on his back across the river. Photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee said he selected this subject to help raise awareness for policymakers that sanctuaries and breeding programs can work to help endangered animals.
To pair with this week’s snow-heavy interview, we bring you Snow Jams, a collection from snowboarder and skateboarder Truth Smith. It’s a playlist filled with tracks from artists like J. Cole, Lil Tjay, Juice Wrld, and more. It’s a nice way to cool things down when the weather starts to heat up. So grab a Wize iced tea and chill out with Snow Jams.
Positive News shines a light on mental health walks in the UK. These weekly rambles are intended to allow groups of men to voice their concerns in a safe, judgment-free environment. With suicide being the number one cause of death for men under 46 in the UK, organizer Dean Carney sees walks like these as essential to men’s safety and mental health. Carney is a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade and realized that he wasn’t coping well following a traumatic event. Rather than keep it to himself, he got his team together and asked them to talk it through with him. Shortly after that, Carney and his colleague Mark Smith began setting up these walks to help other men. Carney says many participants refer to the walks as a weekly reset, and helps them believe they can cope with just about anything.
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