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Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

  • 1.  Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 13 days ago
    Happy Monday to all the members! Time to begin with our Huddle of the Week post!

    Health and wellness are on top of everyone's mind now more than ever. Attendees expect more than a just good experience from meetings and conventions. With business travel and events back in the game, attendees are seeking experiences that address wellness holistically. I came across some interesting ways to create mindful meetings and thought to share them with you all. So, let's get started!

    1. Meaningful opportunities for physical activities: Consider introducing exciting activities that can help attendees to stick to their wellness routines. While yoga, swimming, and Zumba are popular options amongst travelers, you can experiment with meditation sessions, salsa dancing, and hiking, as per the larger interest of your audience. This will help your attendees stay energetic and recharged as you go about your event!
    2. Self-care and spiritual retreats: When someone talks about 'self-care' - spas, massages, and facials come to our mind. However, today, attendees are seeking wellness sessions beyond the traditional means. Here, you might want to explore bowl therapy, numerology, palm reading, and tarot card reading. Your audience might also enjoy partnering with local charitable organizations to support worthy causes.
    3. Healthier meal choices: No event is complete without food and opting for healthier options is proven to increase concentration. Options such as a superfoods smoothie instead of a pastry snack will keep attendees energized throughout the day. It's time to ditch sodas and cocktails, instead offer coconut water. Pick a catering service that is sure to impress as guests love locally produced products.
    4. Serene views and breathtaking locations: Wellness could be as simple as a breath of fresh air. Moreover, an inspiring environment prompts physical activity and helps to clear the mind. You can opt for meeting destinations that offer the right mix of excellent backdrops, activities flora and fauna, and local traditions.

    Question for you:
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events?
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years?

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    Ridhima Krishan
    Sr. Associate, Customer Marketing
    Cvent
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  • 2.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    User Group Member
    Posted 11 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? We offer morning stretching and walks-  preferably outside if the location allows. In addition to offering healthy snacks, and meals. I've also seen gifts such as USB essential oil diffusers given to attendees.
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? I think a shift to focus on mental health is a huge driver, and I hope that companies understand that being at events, while fun, can be stressful as they put work and family aside - so offering activities or stress relief swag, in beautiful destinations can be a huge impact.


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    Beth Vriesen
    Events Registration Admin
    Associated Bank Corporation
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  • 3.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 11 days ago
    Edited by Cassandre Therrien 11 days ago
    How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events?
    • We almost always have free time during our trips and we suggest a few options of activities for registrants, including relaxing and calm activities. We also try to offer pampering gifts, depending on the clientele.
    How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years?
    • I didn't see much demand, apart from a few activities, from my end, but we'll see!


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    Cassandre Therrien
    Technology Coordinator - Groups, Meetings and Events
    Les Voyages Laurier Du Vallon
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  • 4.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    User Group Member
    Posted 11 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? We offer morning walks/runs as a group activity in the mornings before the meeting or group yoga. For virtual events, build-in break time or lead stretching. The stretching "classes" are helpful because attendees can use them on their own to keep limber at their desks.
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? I do think there will be more demand for wellness at meetings in the future. More and more people are becoming more cognizant of their health and want to see options at meetings for both breaks/physical activity and healthier foods.


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    Gina Allega, CMP
    Senior Program Manager
    BCD M&E
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  • 5.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 10 days ago
    We've had a variety of solutions to this for our Emerging Leaders Conference. We offer the options of yoga or fun runs in the mornings (lead by some of our attendees) and our typical breaks are pitched as wellness breaks, which not only offer refreshments but also stretches/physical elements. In previous years we've also had healthy cooking demonstrations from one of our speakers during the lunch break.

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    Jessica johnson
    Web Site Editor
    APCIA
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  • 6.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Community MVP
    Posted 10 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? OUr events are only one-hour webinars, so that's not something necessary for such a short time period.
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? I hope that event planners will take into consideration that some "spiritual retreat" ideas may be very poorly perceived by attendees that view the suggested ideas as occult or worse. There are plenty of great wellness ideas that will appeal to a broad audience and not make some attendees feel extremely uncomfortable. 


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    Lori Wildman
    Senior Marketing Operations Manager
    DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Inc.United States
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  • 7.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Community MVP
    Posted 9 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? WESTIN IS THE BRAND FOR WELLNESS!!!  Ours menus include unique wellness eats and breaks for meditation, yoga, bikes  etc. Some Guest rooms feature fitness equipment 
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? Continued stronger then ever! 


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    Colleen Beck
    Director of Sales & Marketing
    The Westin Tampa Bay
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  • 8.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 4 days ago
    This is great information to have

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    Lisa Venne
    Meting Manager
    Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)United States
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  • 9.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    User Group Member
    Posted 6 days ago
    Since our company heavily sponsors marathons anything that is longer than one day we offer a morning 5K fun run.

    In our biggest events we've offer an array of afternoon activities one of the days to get people out and exercising (Yoga, Golf. Kayaking, etc). We also tend to always host our largest conference on the water or near a serene location and give people a chance to get away from the loud-hub bub of the cities and into a more serene location.

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    Rachel
    NJ
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  • 10.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    User Group Member
    Posted 6 days ago
    Health and wellness should be pervasive throughout the event - healthy meal/snack options, water bottle stations, special events  - to  really make an impact and show that it's not a gimmick but a part of corporate culture. One of my favorite elements is when a short session is built into an event program, such as a 15 minute meditation or stretching session, or a brief talk about mental health, wellness, etc. I think the demand for this type of content is only going to increase, especially after the toll the pandemic has taken.

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    Bouran Qaddumi
    Sr. Manager, Training
    Church's Chicken
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  • 11.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 4 days ago
    Very true!  We need to do more of this at meetings

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    Lisa Venne
    Meting Manager
    Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)United States
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  • 12.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 5 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? We ensure healthy meals and snacks, as well as, stretch breaks during longer sessions. 
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? As the concerns for wellness continue to rise, I foresee continuing to add new opportunities into our events. I am still looking for an opportunity to do a "puppy break" ;-)


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    Erika Noyes
    Meeting Manager
    Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.United States
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  • 13.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 4 days ago
    How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? stretch breaks during long  sessions.

    How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? strong

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    Jonathan stanaj
    Events Manager
    United Federation of TeachersUnited States
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  • 14.  RE: Weaving wellness into meeting and events!

    Posted 2 days ago
    • How do you add wellness elements to in-person and virtual events? We have offered a "sensory kit" to compliment some of our virtual sessions that included items such as mints, a scented candle, and stress putty; all items designed to provide a positive sensory experience while attending a virtual session. 
    • How do you see the demand for wellness-centric meetings and events getting shaped in the coming years? Maybe not fully wellness-centric, but much higher demand for wellness elements woven throughout the entire meeting / event experience. 


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    Jennifer Jones
    Senior Event Specialist
    Corning IncorporatedUnited States
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