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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Health Fairs: Keep it Fun

When it comes to planning an effective health fair, participation is key.  If the event feels inviting and offers quality information and services, more of your employees will take part.  It's really that simple.

In his thoughtful blog, HR Benefits Alert, Bill Meltzer tells us that a good health fair does two things:
  • It provides solid, easy-to-understand information to employees.
  • It gets them excited about taking part in longer-term company-wellness programs.
With some simple planning, health fairs can be both informational and fun!  If you're looking to spice up your next event, Dr. Ron Goetzel suggests including the following:
  • Screenings
  • Simple, colorful information on wellness topics such as detecting illness and controlling symptoms
  • A booth from a local health-food store
  • Chair massage
  • Elder-care brochures from the AARP
  • A booth from a "complementary" or alternative medicine practitioner, such as a chiropractor or acupuncturist.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Chair massage is said to be well received by the workforce and is claimed to be healthful. Is it so healthful that it should be included in wellness programs? Does it really reduce stress, increase circulation, and boost organ function? If it's provided and it's well received and utilized couldn't it be a pathway to more program usage or healthy behaviors?