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 Spotlight: Incentive Wellness Programs

When implemented correctly, a Wellness Program can be a huge asset to a company with benefits spanning from a great Human Resources tool to happy, more productive employees.  These programs are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle while in the workplace and beyond the office doors.

A properly designed wellness program can build a sense of companionship between co-workers fostering social support, a significant component to weight loss and fitness. Healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive meaning that executing a wellness program not only will increases employees’ health, but also the company’s success. Invest in the health of your employees and the return is exponential. Here are some activities that you can put into practice in the workplace to help improve health and overall productivity in the company:

  • “Walk and Talk” meetings
  • Inter-department competitions
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Onsite fitness classes
  • Company picnic with a “field day” component
  • Daily or weekly wellness tips
  • Offering healthy food options in vending machines
  • Allowing employees time to exercise
  • Free meals awarded to workers who make healthy food choices
  • Walking clubs

A new study led by an associate professor at the University of Rochester found that conducting healthy programs in the workplace managed to reduce employees considered “overweight” by 9%. In addition, a meta-review of 42 published studies of worksite health promotions shows:

  • 28% reduction in sick leave absences
  • 26% reduction in health costs
  • 30% reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs
  • Average $5.93 to $1 savings-to-cost ratio

So now you are convinced that you need to offer a wellness program, but how do you get your people to participate?  JNR can create a custom Incentive Program for your employees encouraging them to stay well while you are retaining valuable staff and minimizing the cost of paying for sick days, higher insurance premiums and disability leaves.

Start today and create an active workforce that benefits everyone. For more statistics and details regarding an incentive wellness program, reference the following blog. http://blog.jnrcorp.com/wellness-incentive-programs/

Be sure to sign up for updates on future JNR Spotlight blogs.  We are happy to set up a time to talk about creating an Incentive Program that fits your organization’s needs and desires while encouraging fitness and health in your workplace.


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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: Beverly Laing Golf Tournament, 5K and Wellness Day

128 people from all aspects of the hospitality industry, close family and friends joined together to celebrate a day of wellness in honor of Beverly Laing, MPI President, who left us suddenly last November.  The event was held on Monday, March 23, at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park and organized by the MPI Southern California Chapter (MPISCC), where Beverly previously served on the Board of Directors before becoming President, and American Golf Corporation.

The day kicked off with a 5K Walk/Run where participants could enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, followed by a Skills Challenge, Putting Contest and Golf Clinic for the 69 golfers in the group.  A bountiful BBQ lunch followed the morning challenges to provide the energy for the fun and educational afternoon activities.

The golf enthusiasts took part in a fabulous golf tournament that finished at the sponsored bar. JNR sponsored the 7th hole in honor of Beverly’s association and time spent at JNR Incorporated where she was a Senior Account Manager.

The “non-golfers” headed to a range of wellness seminars and exercise classes. There was something for everyone with classes that included Fitness is Simple – What, Why and How of getting and staying healthy, Living a Balanced Life – an exploration of your unique mind/body personality types, Yoga on the Green and the “Insanity” Workout.

The flawless day was capped off with a beautiful sunset networking reception followed by dinner and awards.  Funds raised from this wonderful event went towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which in turn comes back to the chapter for educational programming.

 

Beverly, you are missed by all at JNR.

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Diane Herrmann,  Vice President of Operations

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.