Meet Your Way to Fitness

Health and fitness is emphasized now more than ever before. With the abundance of processed food and stationary jobs, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to counteract the effects of the environments we live and work in. Lack of time is one of the biggest obstacles the working population faces when it comes to fitness, especially when employees are traveling for business several times a year. It can be very difficult to find an effective wellness routine when you are on the road. Luckily, many companies and meeting planners understand this struggle and are beginning to incorporate health and fitness into the business travel work environment.  Studies show that a healthy workforce is equivalent to increased profitability and productivity.  In addition, your organization will see a high-performance staff with minimal healthcare costs- all positive factors to your bottom line.

Below are some ideas to help keep your employees and attendees healthy and active while on-site.

Provide healthy food options

A healthy diet is the key to any wellness routine. However, while traveling and working, we may find ourselves making less than healthy choices. This is why it is important to provide well-balanced meal options for attendees. According to nutritionist Kasey Brixius, in order to maintain energy and focus during meetings, it is essential to include lean protein, quality carbohydrates and healthy fats in every meal and snack. An easy way to do this is to provide build-your-own-meal stations that cater to different preferences. The breakfast stations can include a build-your-own yogurt parfait, while a salad bar is a great option for lunch or dinner.

Incorporate fitness activities

Fitness classes are a fun and unique way to keep attendees active. The Spa at JW Marriott Chicago recently announced the hotel’s first wellness program, “Fit Meetings,” which is actually tailored for meeting and events. Fit Meetings includes 3 breakout “meeting enhancements” which include meditation, strength training, and yoga based stretching sessions. For those who want to take their fitness to the next level, the program offers private wellness classes including scenic runs, fitness orientations and nutrition courses. If your program does not allow the time to include classes like these, even allotting for small breaks of aerobic activity will help energize the brain and the body.

Choose an active location

Choosing an active location is an easy way to keep attendees on their feet. According to Carolyn Blackburn, there are several fitness options throughout the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon provides hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Portland is also the home of Forest Park, containing over 80 miles of trails. “Meeting attendees love its paved trails for a quick walk or bike ride,” says regional communications manager for Travel Portland, Alacia Lauer. Another fitness friendly location is Seattle, Washington. “Wellness is part of Seattle’s core,” says Kelly Sailing, Director of Convention Services at Visit Seattle. Seattle’s Convention Center is home to several healthy eateries, making it easy for attendees to pick up a quick nutritious bite to eat while on the road.

If you would like more information on how JNR can incorporate wellness aspects into your next meeting or event, call us today at 1 800.343.4546 or email info@jnrcorp.com.


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Written by Kalyn Tripodi

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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JNR Joins Global Meetings Industry Day

Today Meeting and Event Planners across the globe are recognized for the immense influence Meetings and Events have on our economy.  April 14, 2016 marks the first Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID16 and celebrations throughout the world are taking place to commemorate the importance of our industry.

Business Meetings are often taken for granted, however, study after study shows that it is these large scale dialogue settings that move us forward, spark innovations and solidify relationships, propelling business ahead.

Today, like many days, JNR finds itself teaming with DMC partners, transportation logistic groups, leading production companies, on-site staff, hotels, airline partners and so many others that seamlessly come together to create motivating, change- inspiring Meetings and Events.   With teams in Irvine and Napa, California, Mexico, New Orleans, Colorado and two VPs in Las Vegas for #GMID16 celebrations, we are doing our part to move our economy in a positive direction by facilitating an environment where advancement happens.   We cheers to our colleagues in the industry as we bring attention to this important day.

To learn more visit #GMID16,  #JNRMeansBusiness and #MMB16 and join in the conversation.

JNR INCORPORATED TO PARTICIPATE IN FIRST-EVER GLOBAL MEETINGS INDUSTRY DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2016

Contact: JNR Incorporated
800.343.4546
info@jnrcorp.com

Irvine, CA – Today, JNR Incorporated announced their involvement in the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). On April 14, 2016, they will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, Incentive Travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.

“GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, former MMB co-chair. “The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage.”

“With the help of organizations such as JNR Incorporated, we will demonstrate the critical role our industry plays in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities,” said Michael Dominguez, MMB co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International.

“Well executed Meetings and Events have a profound impact on an organization’s growth and success. There is so much value in face time and idea sharing that can only be had when organizations come together on a large scale. Getting people out of the office and into an environment where the sole purpose is to inspire, motivate, respect and show appreciation to employees is powerful. ” said Barbara Williamson, Director of Marketing at JNR. She continues, “This has to be done correctly though. You are asking your most valuable people to take time out of their already busy schedule to attend, the event must surpass their expectations.” Choosing the right Meeting and Event partner is an important choice. Companies like JNR understand the intricacies of making an event work.

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governor of Wisconsin and mayors of Toronto, Buffalo and Washington, DC. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment “Turned the Strip Blue” in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 Meetings Industry Associations.

To learn more about GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID16.

About JNR

JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including Incentive Travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications. Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues. www.jnrcorp.com. 800.343.4546.

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play.


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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

A Different Kind of Green

Every year on March 17th, people from across the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This day has become a holiday honoring Irish culture with parades, food, and of course, the color green! This year we invite you to put down the green beer and consider for a moment, what are we doing to keep our planet green?

Our industry is one that never sleeps.  Meetings and Events require hours of high intensity, lights, music, AV equipment, travel elements and more.  For the past few years there has been a trend to move towards more sustainable meetings by repurposing florals, utilizing space powered by  solar, transferring communications from paper to electronic and so on. The Green Meetings Industry Council has been instrumental in encouraging our industry to move to a more sustainable existence.  Now LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building certification which recognizes the most sustainable building practices, is expanding into our realm. Announcing this year a LEED certification level specific to hospitality. Achieving this certification reduces the strain on our natural resources further propelling us into a responsible approach when servicing our clients.

JNR is proud to share that we reside in a LEED certified building. So while we are diligently planning your next meeting or event, we are also cognizant of the environment that supports us and gives us our livelihood. LEED certified buildings use less water, energy, and reduce green-house gasses.

So ask yourself, what can you do to make today a little greener?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Written by Kalyn Tripodi

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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Winner’s Choice Travel Incentives: Romantic Getaway or Family Fun?

Imagine the thrill of qualifying for an all expenses paid vacation in one of the world’s most exclusive spots, in the best hotel, with the best food- all hosted by your employer! Incentive Travel Programs are a wonderful way to motivate your employees, sales teams or channel partners and to recognize their achievements by whisking them away and giving them the opportunity to celebrate.

At JNR we have been crafting one-of-a-kind travel destinations for clients for over 36 years. In that time we have learned what people prefer and what they do not.  In an effort to continuously produce programs that will consistently appeal to your audience, we offer our Winner’s Choice.  This unique offering allows winners to choose to spend their much-deserved time off in one of two ways, a romantic vacation for two or a family vacation in a child-friendly destination.  Although the teambuilding opportunities and camaraderie established in traditional group travel are invaluable, the vast majority of Incentive Travel Programs do not satisfy our innate desire to have the freedom to make a choice.

In a typical Incentive Program, all winners receive a voyage to the same destination with fellow award recipients. At JNR we tend to primarily encourage this type of program, however, we know it is not always optimal for all organizations. In today’s high productivity focused society it can be difficult for an organization to have a large percentage of their top producers out of the office for one or two weeks at once. Often these companies see the bottom line value to offering an Incentive Travel Program, but need an alternative model to make it work.  Winner’s Choice not only makes it easier on the employer, but also gives the participants the ability to exert some degree of decision-making power when it comes to their Incentive.  In our experience, we have found that participants eagerly welcome a change in their reward structure and especially appreciate having the opportunity to spend time with loved ones without chipping away at their annually accrued vacation time.

Romantic Getaway

People are busier than ever today and taking time out of their schedules to spend quality time with significant others can be difficult. This incentive getaway for two allows you to get closer to the one you love in a romantic setting away from the routine of everyday life.

Trips to exotic, romantic places like Tahiti or Bermuda to spend quality time with your partner are great ways to enjoy this option. The best part is that you can bask in the glow of achievement while also enjoying a private vacation without the obligation of business meetings or other forced interactions interfering.

From Wine Country to Island Escapes Travel + Leisure recently compiled their “Best Romantic Getaways” list which includes places like Bora Bora, Maui, Napa Valley, Costa Rica and Sedona. Although any of these destinations would be fabulous travel destinations for a group, an exclusive couples destination will be well received by your top achievers.  The Planning Team at JNR stays at the forefront of travel trends and will design a Winner’s Choice guaranteed to appeal to all couples within your organization.

Family Fun Adventure

On average, American families spend just over 30 minutes of quality time together during the week with the time constraints of modern life. Work, chores, school, clubs and sports occupy so much of our time that it is difficult to give ample attention to the people who should matter most in our lives, our families.

Incentives designed with family fun adventures in mind are a great motivator to your most valued assets. Give the opportunity to maximize family bonding time at a Dude Ranch or reward employees with a trip to Hawaii. A Disney Cruise might be perfect for families with young ones. Again, the beauty of the Winner’s Choice by JNR is that no additional vacation time is needed to enjoy priceless family time in a destination hosted by your employer.

Experiencing nature in Costa Rica, bringing social studies to life in Greece, learning survival skills in The Catskills, marveling at the Big Five in South Africa and living fairy tales in Disney World Orlando are among some of the top requested family bucket list excursions.

A New Take On Incentives

JNR has delivered travel programs like these for years. If a traditional Incentive Program does not work for you this year, try giving your employees the choice between a Romantic Getaway or Family Fun Adventure in two exceptional locations as a new spin on rewarding performance. Motivate your most valued sales team and thank them for their extraordinary efforts with the invaluable gift of quality time with loved ones. Sales incentive programs that inspire channel partners, resellers, distributors and other sales personnel with travel awards are an effective way to boost performance to new levels, ultimately delivering an impressive ROI back to your organization.

Lasting memories are made up of experiences with people you love in places you adore. Destination incentives are no exception to the human nature that reminds us that we are naturally programmed to prefer choices. Winner’s Choice travel programs are JNR’s unique way to empower your program participants with a choice to control their reward destiny- based on their lifestyle and preferences.  This is your hard-earned incentive reward; use it the way you want!

 

For more information on creating a travel program that utilizes a Winner’s Choice option or a more traditional group travel option, please contact us today. If you would like more information on how to succeed with your Incentive Travel Program, please read “Incentive Travel: The Five Keys to Success” here.

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.