If you are planning a school or association meeting, summer outings with the family, a book club or a community event, check out the Healthy Meeting Toolkit. It offers helpful tips on serving healthier foods, contracting with a facility for a healthy conference, talking to a caterer about group meals, and integrating physical activity into meetings.
Meetings can be productive or they can be stressful. Creating a culture of health and wellness in meetings and conferences (or family events) is an important way to help people eat well and be physically active, foster healthier work environments, and cultivate social norms around healthier choices and behaviors. The toolkit is available through NEA’s Health Information Network (HIN) and its partner, the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA).
General recommendations include:
• Offer recommended servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, especially for all-day meetings.
• Place healthier foods and beverages in prominent positions, where they are most likely to be seen and more likely to be chosen.
• Post calories in worksite cafeterias and at conferences and meetings when possible.
• Provide reasonable portions of foods and beverages (i.e., avoid large portions).
• Consider not serving food at breaks that are not mealtimes; instead provide physical activity.
• Offer physical activity opportunities that are relevant to the audience and environment to help people achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
• Provide a tobacco-free environment.
• Prioritize sustainable practices when possible, by minimizing waste, encouraging recycling, and sourcing products from sustainable producers.
• Evaluate efforts to hold healthy meetings and conferences and make adjustments over time to continue to improve the acceptability and healthfulness of choices.
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