JAN 2013

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Planning Directory Home Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase AT T E N D E E W E L L N E S S 10 Ways To Boost Attendee Brain Power 2 1 By Terah Shelton Harris Did you know that offering special kinds of teas during your meetings can help Get Their Juices Flowing With A Juice Bar It has been said that drinking certain fruit juices can boast brain power, said Scott Vogel, the director of spa and fitness at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas. Apples are a leading source of quercetin, an antioxidant plant chemical that keeps your mental juices flowing by protecting your brain cells. Blackberries are also known to provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that improves our ability to soak up new information. ■ increase attendee focus and energy? Or that your meeting site's spa might offer vibration sound therapy to help attendees think more clearly? We sat down with the experts to find out 10 unique ways that you can help get meeting participants mentally and physically ready to process and retain information. 12 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ JANUARY 2013 3 Schedule A Group Activity Like Boot Camp 4 Keep Them Seated... For A Massage That Is Pre-meeting messages are all the rave, said Krissy Simone, spa director at Esterra Spa at DiamondHead Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Fla. "The seated chair massage is an effective way to put your hands on an attendee without needing a full hour or privacy to achieve the goal of relaxation," Simone said. By working in close proximity with the spine, you can help your attendees reduce stress and improve circulation in order to be ready to absorb new information. ■ Remember, Your Attendees Are What They Eat While sweets and sodas provide a quick lift, it doesn't last. "Encourage them to eat brain boosting foods a minimum of three times a day and to always eat breakfast," said Emily Mathias, spa director at the Spa at RiverStone in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Mathias also suggests working with the meeting destination's restaurant to provide foods such as spinach, salad, eggs, fish, and walnuts—known to help brain function. ■ Planned activities in between back-to-back meetings allow attendees to stay sharp and focused on the business at hand, Cooksey added. Teambuilding activities such as the Beach Boot Camp at the Hilton Sandestin can be scheduled into a group's morning or afternoon itinerary. "During Beach Boot Camp, guests have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the beach and have fun exercising at the same time." ■ w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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