The SSE Hydro in Glasgow was bathed in light last night to mark World Obesity Day.
The iconic venue on the banks of the River Clyde was lit up in turquoise and coral hues in aid of the campaign and a series of events on the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) to promote 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 restaurant, 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 on health and wellbeing at events, a theme which has been woven in to the programme at the international meetings industry trade show IMEX America, in Las Vegas, 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, said: “Health and wellbeing is a key focus point for the industry right 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 in pink in support of World Mental Health Day, showing solidarity against more than just physical health and wellbeing.