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How to Put Health and Wellness at the Centre of Your Conference

20 Jan 20 By: Lene McGuinness

Whether you are holding a conference for 100 people or several thousand, ensuing the health and wellbeing of your delegates should always be at the forefront of your mind. Whatever your conference covers, there are several steps you can take to help keep everyone feeling healthy and happy.

Offer an exciting healthy menu

Too many chefs, cooks and influencers to name have shown that health food can look great and taste delicious. From plant-based dishes to low fat high protein options, there is a whole host of culinary health options you can choose from. Also, with sustainability at the top of many businesses’ agendas, make sure your menu is also sustainable by using local ingredients and wasting as little as possible.

Studies have shown that we eat with our eyes, so to make your culinary options as appealing as possible make sure you present them in the best possible way with the right china and serving platters.


If you have any down time scheduled into your event then why not give your delegates the option of taking part in a yoga class? Taking time out to do some exercise and meditation may help to destress your attendees and keep them focused on your event. It can also be a fun activity to do and help your delegates get to know each other a little better.

Spend time outdoors

According to research by the University of East Anglia, spending time outside has a number of wide-ranging health benefits that include risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

If your conference location is near a wood, you could organise a ‘forest bathing’ session for your delegates. ‘Forest bathing’ is popular in Japan and involves taking a mindful stroll through the woods paying attention to what is around you. If your event is in London, there are several public woods you can use such as:

  • Hampstead health
  • Richmond park
  • Putney Heath
  • Wimbledon common
  • Epping Forest
  • Battersea Park

Hyde Park, Green Park and Holland park also have a small wood, which can be used for ‘forest bathing’ sessions.

Create welcoming and relaxing breakout areas

Ensure there are quiet, comfortable and relaxing areas peppered throughout your conference space for your delegates to sit down and relax in between meetings, networking events, talks and seminars. To create these spaces, hire sofas, armchairs and coffee tables. Scatter magazines or coffee table books around so your delegates can enjoy flicking through and take time away from their screens.

Our range of lounge furniture features modern clean designs that will help you create a welcoming breakout area. With modular units that can create several different configurations you’ll be able to find right set up for your event.

If you need to hire catering equipment and furniture for a conference contact Allens Hire today.