We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about staying healthy during conference week! Whether you’re a seasoned conference pro or this is your first time traveling, these tips will help you (and all of us) stay healthy during the hustle and bustle of the event.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s easy to forget about your H20 when grabbing your morning coffee before the sessions and networking with colleagues over lunch. It’s especially important if you’re going to be networking over drinks at happy hour or dinner at the end of the day! We want you to be healthy, alert, and well-hydrated so that you don’t lose steam during the conference, or worse, go home sick.
- Get fresh air as often as possible. We know that going from the airport to the hotel to the conference center can feel like you’re not getting any fresh air. Even if it’s just a short walk around the block, try to take breaks throughout the day to get outside. The Washington State Convention Center is a big space, but there are spots with easy access to step outside. Take advantage of that! Before and after each day’s sessions, kill two birds with one stone by walking to Seattle’s waterfront and Pike Place Market.
- Stay active. One of the benefits of the Washington State Convention Center is how central its location is in downtown Seattle. It’s easy to get those steps in when you’re walking to your hotel, seeing the attractions, or meeting colleagues for dinner around the city. If you already have a regular fitness regimen, try to stick to that as much as possible during your time at the conference. Or, take advantage of the new health and wellness activities centrally located in the Hub! There'll be several mini-sessions focused on staying mindful and healthy including eating healthy on the road, desk stretches, meditation, and even yoga for the office. Stay tuned for the full Hub schedule in early April.
- Don’t neglect your sleep. Getting adequate sleep is really important at a busy conference to help you keep your stamina up and prevent you from getting sick. It’s especially important if you’re traveling from a different time zone and need to adjust because of jetlag.
- Practice good hygiene. You’re going to be shaking a lot of hands, spending hours in closed spaces, and well, we don’t need to tell you guys about proper hygiene practices.
We look forward to a healthy, hydrated, and active conference week in Seattle. If you have other tips, leave them in the comments below for your fellow attendees!
AIHce 2017 EXP, held in Seattle, Washington June 4-7, is the EXPerience of the year for IH and OEHS professionals across the country. You’ll be exposed to the latest trends, needs, and research impacting worker health with experiential education sessions, networking opportunities with like-minded professionals, and the tools you need to solve your workplace challenges. This highly-rated event also offers a robust virtual experience for those that want to reap the benefits of conference without the travel. To learn more, visit AIHce2017.org.
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