About W+G


Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, Well+Good founders. (Photo: Lauren Farmer for the “NYC You Inspire Me” project, Mandarin Oriental New York; Location: Barry’s Bootcamp Tribeca)

When we launched Well+Good in 2010, SoulCycle had just pedaled onto the scene, a company called BluePrintCleanse had just launched, and Whole Foods wasn’t absolutely everywhere. Now the wellness lifestyle is so engrained, not just in New York, but nationwide. People talk about their workout loves over dinner and gush about their juicers.

From the beginning, Well+Good launched as the premier lifestyle and news publication devoted to the wellness scene—and its chic lifestyle components. Created by two journalists—and joined by many more—Well+Good is known for its impeccable reporting and trend-spotting on the healthy living beat. In four years, Well+Good has become the leading source of intel on boutique fitness and the juice industry, plus cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, and more. Well+Good is your healthiest relationship.


Alexia Brue, Co-Founder, Publisher. Alexia 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. [email protected]

Melisse Gelula, Co-Founder, Editorial Director. Melisse 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, Lucky, and Martha Stewart Living, 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: Flybarre, Barry’s Bootcamp, SLT, Kula Yoga, and Julia March. [email protected]

Lisa Elaine Held, Well+Good’s features and fitness editor, joined the team in 2011 as a staff writer, and is an authority on the health and fitness scene in New York. She holds an MS in magazine journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Wellness Habitat: The Brooklyn Grange, Yoga Agora, and basically any boot camp or boxing class you can think of. [email protected]

Sarah Sarway, Well+Good’s social media and marketing associate, is a CUNY Hunter grad, where she focused on Media Studies. She’s the one constantly filling your social feeds with the latest OMG-worthy stories and breaking wellness news. Wellness Habitat: City Row, Flywheel, and running the Asbury Park boardwalk with Springsteen on repeat. [email protected]


Erin Magner is Well+Good’s Los Angeles contributing editor, covering all things (from boutique fitness to influencer profiles) pertaining to the West Coast’s wellness capital. The former staff editor at Angeleno and Los Angeles Confidential is also currently studying holistic nutrition coaching and in teacher training with Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank. Wellness Habitat: The Springs, Wanderlust Hollywood, Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, Pop Physique, the Toyota Center ice rink (she’s a former figure skater, her partner is a former hockey player).

Ann Abel covers travel, fitness, and lifestyle (and a few things that defy categorization) for Well+Good. She has been writing about spas and travel for more than ten years, and served as travel editor at ForbesLife and Luxury SpaFinder. Wellness Habitat: The Shala, Trapeze School New York, Power Pilates, Hudson Valley hiking trails.

Amanda Benchley is a freelance journalist and filmmaker, who covers lifestyle, food, and culture for Well+Good. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Amanda has a new book, Artists Living With Art. Wellness Habitat: Equinox, West Side Highway running path, and ABC Kitchen.

Jennifer Kass writes about spirituality and self-love. The former editor at Allure magazine is a grad of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and currently runs wellness and coaching practice in New York. Wellness Habitat: YogaWorks Soho, Tribeca Farmer’s Market, and the West Side Highway bike path.


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