At this yearís annual conference we are making some practical changes with delegatesí health in mind.
We are aware that conferences can involve sitting for a long time with little opportunity for activity. We are therefore following the new Healthy Ireland Healthy Meeting Guidelines and making some small adjustments to our programme and venue to ensure that people feel energised, creative and productive.
As in previous years fruit and water will be freely available in the conference foyer. This year there will be water coolers with recyclable cups in the foyer for delegates and the lecture theatre and seminar rooms will also have recyclable water bottles and cups for our speakers.
Our usual stretch breaks will take place during the plenary sessions as well as physical activities during the lunchbreak (why donít you combine some networking in conjunction with a river walk?). There will be plenty of signage to encourage use of the stairs rather than the lifts.
Healthy food options are being expanded upon previous years because they improve our participation, attention spans and productivity!
The bus will be available from the park and ride facility between 8.00-10.00 and 16.15-18.15 to the conference venue but delegates are reminded that it is only a short walk through Corrib Village, or if travelling from Galway city why donít you consider using the Galway city bike share scheme?
We hope these changes will be embraced by our delegates and we look forward to your feedback on our evaluation forms!
When you are planning meetings in your own workplace why donít you check out www.healthyireland.ie/health-initiatives/workplaces for the healthy meeting guidelines.
 Acknowledgement to Ashling Jennings, whose research, as part of her MA in Health Promotion at NUI Galway, contributed to the development of the Healthy Ireland Healthy Meeting Guidelines.