By Stephanie Ellrott, head of venues at RIBA Venues.
We all know the importance of a healthy balanced lifestyle, but in reality it’s easier to reach for the biscuit tin or a microwave meal than prepare a healthy salad during a busy working day. Almost half of our waking hours are spent at work and many of those are spent attending meetings and conferences.
As a venue we believe that our guests’ health and fitness routine shouldn’t have to suffer while attending an event, which is why we promote health and wellness during our meetings in a variety of different ways. Here are our three tips on how to avoid the lunch time slump and keep event attendees energised:
Offer healthy alternatives at meetings
Knowing what food to serve at an event can be difficult, as a rising number of the population expect different menu options to meet the demand for increasing dietary requirements. This year we have created a healthy merging mind package which explores healthier and fresher options for our clients. We aim to refuel and replenish guests by serving up a three course deli box , goji berry energy bars, fruit smoothies, fresh fruit and vegetables instead of heavy, high carb sandwiches and biscuits. Providing guests with what we like to call ‘brain food’ that is high in omega 3 and vitamins which are essential for brain function and development, not only helps increase attendee engagement but also improves the brains ability to think and be creative.
Create a healthy environment
You know the saying healthy mind, healthy body, well the same can be applied to events. The physical environment of a conference or meeting helps shape attendees behaviour and mood. There’s nothing worse than a dark and dull conference room or a chaotic and disorganised arrival process. At RIBA Venues we provide a quick and easy check-in process with meetings and conference rooms that provide natural day light to help keep attendees awake and feeling fresh.
Encourage attendees to move around
Exercise takes many forms, so think of fun and new ways to incorporate fitness into your event. Providing guests with opportunities to stand or move around in a fitness breakout is a great way to incorporate exercise. Encouraging standing ovations or a quick break between key speakers will help to keep attendees energised. At RIBA we offer access to outdoor terraces during events as well as guided tours of the building, giving guests the opportunity to grab some fresh air and move around.