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Eat Smart Meet Smart

How to Plan and Host Healthy Meetings, Events and Conferences

The majority of Canadians spend half their waking hours at work and often many of those hours are spent sitting in meetings.  Meetings, events and conferences are a central part of today’s work world, and most often involve food and drinks.  For many people, food choices at work are a large part of the total calories they consume in a day.

Improved eating habits at work can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being.  It makes good business sense to serve healthy food and drinks at meetings.  Healthy eating habits contribute to:

  • increased productivity;
  • more positive employee morale and daily well-being; and 
  • a decreased risk of chronic diseases including cancer, stroke, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension.

Eat Smart, Meet Smart Can Help!

The Eat Smart, Meet Smart Resource Guide reader provides great tips for how to plan and host healthy meetings, events and conferences. The guide outlines ideas on when and what kind of food you should serve, sample menus for meals and snacks, ideas for how to make your meetings “green” and essential information about food safety.  You will also find ideas for how you can build in opportunities for participants to be physically active during any meeting, event or conference.    

Eat Smart, Meet Smart resources include:

arrow Eat Smart, Meet Smart Resource Guide reader
arrow Healthy Meeting Workplace Policy reader
arrow Healthy Meeting Checklist reader
arrow Ideas for Accommodating Food Allergies or Dietary Restrictions - including a form for participants to fill out as part of their registration package reader
arrow Healthy Meeting Order Sheets - easy to use order sheets for meals and snacks reader
arrow Eat Smart, Meet Smart Certificate - put up at your meeting to show you have followed the Eat Smart, Meet Smart guidelines reader