The World Obesity Federation ( WOF) has announced that the forum company are the first in the WORLD to be awarded the status of GOLD HEALTHY VENUE!
As Oscar nominees tell us, just being considered for a prestigious accolade is enough but we all know taking home the prize is the real thrill. Bringing home the gold is beyond exciting for us as a company. Receiving this GOLD HEALTHY VENUE award is an endorsement of our philosophy on life and shows that delegates can attend conferences, meetings or events in a healthy environment while enjoying high-quality, creatively made food and participating in gentle exercise.
This prestigious accolade was achieved following months of rigorous assessments by the World Obesity Federation. WOF is a not-for-profit organisation representing professional members of the international scientific, medical and research communities and supports a global network of organisations dedicated to solving the challenge of obesity.
The WOF utilised– a comprehensive list of requirements which included the assessment of the nutritional value of the food and beverage choices; the variety of food including fresh fruit and vegetables; facilitation of healthy choices for delegates and support for delegate activity when attending conferences. Our chefs work tirelessly to create food which is 75% healthier than the norm and this impressed the WOF panel as they noted that our menus have reduced fat, sugar and salt – plus we are 100% behind sugar-free drinks and free water stations. All of this shows that delegates are able to attend any of our meetings, events or conferences and be able to make conscious decisions about nutrition and well-being. Not only are our clients privy to this but we’ve adopted this culture internally by creating a healthy environment where we have partnered with local gyms while our chefs create healthy lunches for us daily.
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death. The chair is out to kill us!” says James Levine, a professor of medicine at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the USA. When we read that, it was pretty scary, so we took action and were one of the first to pioneer standing conferences and walking receptions in South Africa. We encourage physical activities such as yoga or walking as part of any meeting or conference. One of our mottos is “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” and our experienced team of coordinators are constantly brainstorming creative and novel ways to get delegates active because moving increases productivity and creates positive event recall
Our MD Glynis Hyslop is ecstatic with the forum company being accredited Gold Healthy Venue status and said: “International recognition for our absolute dedication to revolutionising the meetings, conference and events industry further endorses our commitment to healthy lifestyles. Coming from a global body like the World Obesity Federation makes it hugely significant and being the first in the world is extremely exciting. This shows that South Africa is taking ground-breaking strides towards supporting beneficial initiatives. I’m immensely proud of The Forum Company and all our staff, suppliers and stakeholders who have been advocates for our objectives”.