The SSE Hydro shone bright on the banks of the River Clyde last night as it was lit up turquoise and coral in aid of World Obesity Day. It comes as part of a wider series of events held across the campus in line with its Healthy Venue initiative.
During the day, staff at the SEC participated in various initiatives aimed at encouraging people to take small steps to improving their health including #NoSalt which reminded people of the risks of too much salt, #HealthyChoice which saw on-site eatery, Clydebuilt, provide a range of healthy food options and free fruit, and finally, #OnYourBike, where staff were invited to workshops on the Glasgow-wide NextBike scheme which is a free staff and delegate benefit.
This comes as the industry focuses in on health and wellbeing at events, a theme which has been woven in to the programme at IMEX America this week.
The previous week, the SEC hosted their own ‘Best Health Day’ which saw a huge variety of nutritious food and drinks being offered throughout the day, a badminton competition at lunch time and circuits class in the late afternoon, hosted by an external fitness expert.
The SEC achieved the world’s first Healthy Venue accreditation early in 2016. The venue worked with the World Obesity Federation to develop the initiative and received the silver award, closely followed by venues in Vancouver and Dublin.
Kathleen, Warden, Director of Conference Sales, continued: “Health and wellbeing is key focus point for the industry just now, and it should continue to be going forward. It’s also a central part of what we do here at the SEC and initiatives such as our Best Health Day keep us all in check!
“We are exceptionally proud of achieving Silver status of the World Obesity Federation’s Healthy Venue programme and are continuously striving to find ways to ensure our delegates have a healthy experience here at the SEC.”
The previous night, The SSE Hydro was lit up pink in support of World Mental Health Day, showing solidarity against more than just physical health and wellbeing.