Lime Venue Portfolio is kicking off 2019 with a weekend Boot Camp for the meetings and events industry. The initiative is supported by World Obesity’s Healthy Venue campaign and takes place during National Obesity Awareness Week (14th – 20th Jan 19), as well as ‘Harrison’s Journey’, set up by Kerry Wright, Head of Group Sales at Lime Venue Portfolio, and her son Harrison, which inspires and supports children and their families who struggle with their weight.
The boot camp aims to bring together event professionals and their families, to take part in a weekend focusing on health and wellbeing; including fitness activities, nutritional education and a mindfulness session. In addition to the boot camp, the Lime Venue Portfolio Team will be partaking in several health and wellbeing initiatives to promote the importance of event professionals looking after themselves.
Lime Venue Portfolio are also drafting in some motivational coaches to support the weekend, including; Harry King, UK Sport Elite Coach, former GB International Sprinter & British Record Holder, and former advisor within the National Athletics Association and the Olympic Committee; and Zena Weeks, events planner organising Domestic, European and International Coaching Conferences for England Athletics for the Coaching & Participation Teams.
‘Harrison’s Journey’ has become both an internet and media sensation over the last few years following Harrison, Kerry’s son, appearing on national television and radio and, winning a BBC Radio One Teen Hero award for inspiring other children around the world through blogs and vlogs about his struggle to lose weight. In addition to this, Harrison’s efforts to raise awareness of childhood obesity, in partnership with his own efforts in combatting it personally, led to recognition from the NHS and a visit to see HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry.
“We’re keen to be a cheerleader for events that address the health and wellbeing of delegates and believe we have a duty of care to support the health and wellbeing of event professionals we work with,” commented Kerry. “We all know that January is a key health month, so we’re doing all we can, both through the options we offer event organisers within our venues, and through our relationships with our customers, to support health and wellbeing in not only January, but throughout 2019.”