Company health fairs are a perfect way to underline the importance of healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and injury rehabilitation in the workplace.
In this article, we'll cover the top 10 ideas for putting on a well-rounded office health fair.
Top 10 Tips for Health Fair Planning
1: Document Everything (Even the Bad Ideas) for a Successful Health Fair
From the first day of planning through the end of the health fair, keep notes on everything that happens. As the process moves on, you'll get more and more things to think about, and you'll want to make sure you've covered all your bases.
Write down questions asked during meetings and solutions you've come up with. This won't just make it easier to keep tabs on all your to-do's. It will also help in planning for next year.
2: Get Employees Involved in Planning Your Health Fair
Create your planning committees across all sectors of your company. With one person as the lead and a group of interested teammates, health fair planning can be an opportunity to bring people together on a fun project.
Hold an informational session during lunch to discuss what kinds of opportunities there are for staff to get involved.
3: Address All Kinds of Health
Remember that there are more than one way to be healthy. While physical health is top-of-mind for most health fairs, you can find ways to address other areas of life too:
- Financial wellness
- Investing, 401(k) contributions, debt resources, managing credit responsibly
- Mental wellness
- Mindfulness, meditation, and easy stress reduction techniques, and mental health resources for depression and anxiety
- Emotional wellness
- Communication skills, non-violent communication, emotional intelligence
4: Scheduling Your Health Fair
There are several things to consider when deciding when to schedule your health fair. Typically, health fairs happen during a workday. You'll get more employees to show up if they're already at work.
But you can also consider a health fair that runs into the after-hours time. This makes it possible to invite employees' families to some of the activities as well.
5: Provide Great Health Fair Giveaways
Who's going to turn down an opportunity to win a fancy mountain bike or shiny iPad? Door prizes, raffles, and free gifts make a more compelling reason to attend a company health fair.
Each attendee can receive a couple raffle tickets just for showing up. Then they can earn more by participating in workshops or contests.
If the budget is tight, you can turn to your vendors and sponsors for donations to the cause.
6: Find Health Fair Vendors and Sponsors that Rock
The vendor booths are the lifeblood of your health fair. They'll bring unique ideas and fun activities that will help employees stay on top of their personal health goals. Here are some ideas:
- Regional community health clinics
- Supplement companies
- Chair massage sessions
- Yoga instructors
- Bicycle mechanics
- Smoking cessation groups
- Mindfulness meditation teachers
- Personal trainers
Each business will provide some unique perspective on health and give your staff ideas on maintaining their physical and emotional wellness.
7: Health Fair Activities and Events
Your vendors and sponsors will provide some activities for health fair participants. But it's important to schedule some special events at certain times. Otherwise, your staff will do a once-through walk of the fair, and then call it a day.
Schedule workshops, raffle drawings, and contests throughout the day to keep participation levels high throughout the event. Workshops can include proper form for weight lifting, preparing healthy snacks for work, and simple stretches to do at work.
8: Marketing Your Office Health Fair
Do some internal marketing of your event well in advance. Not only will this build anticipation around the event, but it can also help avoid schedule conflicts with other events at work. Client visits or regular meetings could get redirected for another day, so as many of your employees can attend as possible.
Get the word out to your employees through your internal marketing systems. Be sure to mention the possible prizes and giveaways to keep interest high.
9: Organizing and Setting up Health Fair Booths
When organizing the physical layout of your health fair, you want to strike a balance between filling up your available space and giving enough room to not feel crowded.
Make sure there is ample room for lines that will form around your more popular vendors (such as chair massage). Dedicate an area to be a demonstration space, where contests, raffle drawings, and workshops can be held.
When you first sign up your vendors, let them know how much space they can plan for, whether or not there are electrical outlets nearby for them to use, and if there will be any tables or chairs provided in their booth space.
10: Prepare for next year
Remember Tip #1? This is where all those notes will come in handy. After your event is done, sum up your results -- number of vendors, attendees, costs, etc.
Write up a short narrative of why you made the decisions you did, problems that came up and how they were solved, and suggestions for next year. Keep contact information of vendors and sponsors so you can get in touch when it's time to start planning again.