Health fairs are a great way to bring employees together and educate them on the benefits that your company can provide for them as well as enhance awareness about healthy living. This facilitates a culture of health in the workplace, which supports happier, healthier, and more productive employees. We greatly enjoy assisting our clients with their health fairs, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite vendors with you.
Let’s face it, sometimes we’re afraid to try new things, especially if they’re green! Having a food demonstration at your health fair can help bridge the gap between healthy eating and your employees. We especially love smoothie demonstrations because they’re easy to make at home or the office and are super healthy! Try having your vendor create two different types of smoothies so that all taste buds can be satisfied. We particularly like pairing a green smoothie with a fruit based one. Recipe cards are a great takeaway for employees so they can make these smoothies as a healthy snack or a great on-the-go breakfast. Other great demos include healthy snacks, quick breakfast ideas, or a big batch of healthy grains. A side benefit of food demonstrations is that having free food will help increase attendance at the health fair.
A health coach is a health professional that motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. Through guidance, motivation, and free resources, health coaches can provide employees with one-on-one meetings to discuss their goals, help them feel empowered, and foster the ability to take control of their health. Who knows, you may want to have them onsite more often!
Note: We recommend having a sign up process for the health coaching (preferably online) as it can be quite popular. Also, try to have these sessions in a separate room or space so employees feel comfortable sharing their personal goals with the health coach.
Your health fair isn’t complete without some exercise! Give your employees the opportunity to dive into some restorative relaxation by offering mini meditation or yoga classes. These classes can be geared toward relaxation and aren’t meant to be a sweat session – unless you want them to be. Stress can be a big part of the workforce so giving your employees a break during their day to relax and restore can be beneficial for them and their company! Both of these classes can be done in a small space, but we recommend having the class in a separate space so employees can reap the benefits of relaxing without much noise or distraction.
Major stress areas are the neck, shoulders, back, and wrists. Offering a 10- to 15-minute chair massages for your employees can assist them in relieving their stress and achy muscles. This can reduce injury as well as increase productivity and overall happiness. Similar to health coaching, we recommend having sign-ups for these as well. Make sure to enough masseuses to account for the number of employees taking advantage of the service.