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A meeting of the somewhat healthy minds

According to IRF, the majority of respondents (64%) said their meetings are only ‘somewhat healthy’. (bernardbodo/GettyImages)
According to IRF, the majority of respondents (64%) said their meetings are only ‘somewhat healthy’. (bernardbodo/GettyImages)

Last week, Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) released its 2019 Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel study. The web-based survey was fielded in December 2018 and January 2019, and it received 329 usable results from a pool of experienced planners. 

It revealed that health and wellness practises in meetings generally fall short of the stated company goals. The majority of respondents (64%) said their meetings are only 'somewhat healthy'. Of the 26 wellness practises presented in the survey, only two are considered standard: smoke-free facilities and water/reduced calorie-drinks. This stands in stark contrast to the enthusiasm expressed by planners and the critical focus planners say their companies place on wellness. 

Perhaps the most interesting part is that a meeting that focuses on health and wellness practises does not, in fact, impact the budget all that much. Meeting planners reported that only four of the 26 wellness practises tested would require additional expense big enough to require budget approval. 

Elsewhere, the survey also found several emerging healthy practises that planners should take note of. For example, more people are looking for access to fitness facilities, movement opportunities at meetings, as well as healthier food options during meals and breaks. 

In terms of recommendations, 33% of respondents say healthier food and beverages, like spa water, should be present. A quarter of the respondents also said group exercises, such as sunrise exercise before meetings, is a good way to go. 

For the full report, go here