5 Simple and Innovative Health Fair Ideas
Open enrollment and wellness program renewal season is approaching, along with a fresh start for employers seeking to inspire wellness in the workplace. One of the most effective first steps toward creating an atmosphere of encouragement, support, and excitement for an upcoming employee wellness program is a health fair.
Wellworks For You specializes in health fairs encouraging employees to take ownership of their health. These health fairs are intended to cultivate environments of wellness, integrity, and trust between employees and employers.
Five Health Fair Strategies that Will Engage Your Employees
Hosting a health fair allows employers to incorporate various themes and wellness offerings that will inspire and engage. They typically serve as the center of support between health-conscious individuals and a place for educational opportunities, such as highlighting wellness programs and employee benefit changes or upgrades.
As companies continue to ease back into “in-person” normalcy, here are five strategies for health fairs that will empower employees to pursue positive health practices and help employers raise participation rates in employee wellness programs.
1. Family-Focused Health
Include education and health activities that will interest attendees of all ages. Employees will appreciate events that invite family members to participate.
For example, vendors can provide child-oriented activities such as coloring sheets, activities, and small prizes at each station. Also, consider incorporating wellness challenges the entire family can enjoy, such as hula-hoop and dancing contests.
2. Utilizing Interactive Exhibits or Wellness Booths
Encourage wellness vendors to include interactive stations with small-scale wellness challenges, engaging activities, or demonstrations that allow employees to experience the benefits of their products or services firsthand.
3. Onsite Health Screenings and Assessments
Offering on-site health screenings and assessments can give employees valuable insights into their current health status. Blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, BMI measurements, and stress assessments can help employees better understand their health risks and encourage them to take proactive steps toward improvement. Providing personalized recommendations based on these assessments adds a personalized touch that enhances engagement.
4. Stress Reduction
Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of stress in the workplace. Offer employees a de-stress day with chair massages, yoga, and breathing techniques in addition to the informational sessions. Include stress-management resources and takeaways designed for work and home.
5. Focus on Mental Health
In addition to the damaging effects of stress, we are all more aware of the importance of mental health. Host a health fair with tips, solutions, and information on anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Consider inviting expert speakers and professionals to your health to elevate the event's value further.
More Ideas for Health Fair Themes, Strategies, and Planning
If you’d like to increase participation in your employee wellness program and boost employees' overall morale and culture in your “back to work” environment, Wellworks For You is here to help.
In addition to aiding businesses in planning and executing health fairs, Wellworks For You offers diverse health and wellness programs that make a difference in the lives of employees and employers alike.
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