Meet Well Sets the Standard for Healthy Meetings

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Signing the Healthy Meetings Pledge

Prevue’s Meet Well Summit, held last week at Lake Nona Wave Hotel, was part wellness retreat, part information-sharing for planning healthy meetings.

Aerial yoga. Mental health education. A healthy meetings pledge. Prevue’s 6th annual Meet Well Summit, held last week at Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando, was a blend of wellness education and practice, geared specifically to meeting planners.

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Stephanie Harris, IRF President

On the education side, Stephanie Harris, president of the Incentive Research Foundation, gave a thought-provoking talk about how our mental health, and that of our families, factors into our roles as meeting planners, as well as how we need to better design events with attendees’ mental health in mind. Dave Stevens, 4x Fittest Male #EventProf 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, spoke about how thoughtful event design with wellness in mind pays back in dividends. Since attendee health is also a factor in overall wellness, Attend Safe CEO Amanda Schleede shared strategies for managing the ongoing challenges of COVID, and now, monkeypox.

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Tai chi

Attendees were able to sign up for a menu of wellness activities over the three days, including aerial yoga, Tai chi, group meditation, group cycling and rock climbing.

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Group cycling

A meeting break included instruction on breathwork from none other than Deepak Chopra’s yoga instructor, Sarah Finger, director of Chopra Yoga. Neighboring Lake Nona Performance Center partners with Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa to present its signature movement and spa programs.

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Sarah Finger, director of Chopra Yoga

The group was also introduced to the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity’s Healthy Meetings Toolkit, which the event’s organizers had used as the foundation for their planning, and everyone signed a pledge to incorporate these practices into their own meetings.

The host hotel, Lake Nona Wave Hotel, embraced the theme of the meeting, creating a relaxed vibe in the meeting space with video walls of nature scenes and comfortable sofas and chairs. Its chef partnered with Prevue to create a menu of healthy, tasty, creative food,  and many meals were served outside under the

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Our host, Lake Nona Wave Hotel

palm trees in the hotel’s Sculpture Garden. This venue features an unforgettable selection of sculptures from one of the world’s largest private art collections, including works by Fernando Botero and Henry Moore, as well as Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica, an icon of New York City’s Financial District.

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Planners and sponsors met for 10-minute appointments.

Many thanks to Lake Nona Wave Hotel and our other Partners: Global Gifting, which provided each attendee with a pair of OluKai sandals to take home, and Attend Safe, our safety consultant for the event. Also a big thank you to our Sponsors: The Biltmore; The Boca Raton; JW Marriott Marco Island; Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB; Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau; Visit Orlando; Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; and Visit Santa Barbara.

Next year’s Meet Well will be held August 23 to 25, 2023 at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater, Fla.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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