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Employee Health Fair Planning Guide

Employee Health Fair Planning Guide

We have over fourteen years employee health fair experience in multiple companies throughout the country.  In this post, we combine our experiences in these events with our project planning and business process expertise to help you plan a successful health fair for your employees.

Employee Health Fair Planning Guide

Leadership Supports Employee Health Fair

Gaining support from company executives and management will increase the success of the employee health fair.  Run the date of the event past them prior to finalizing the date to identify any potential conflicts.  Request meetings are kept to a minimum on that date.  For work environments where it is difficult for employees to leave their workstations, ask leadership for creative ways to ensure proper coverage and still allow employees to participate.

Employee Health Fair Committee

Extend the health fair planning and advocacy responsibilities beyond the human resources team.  This approach not only helps spread the responsibility and manage tasks it also fosters different ideas, needs and view points of the various departments within the organization.  Regardless of the size of the organization identify and recruit potential health fair committee members to help.

How To Recruit Employee Health Fair Committee Members

Take into consideration your organizations structure and culture to decide how to build your health fair committee.  Some approaches may include representatives from various departments, work shifts, site locations, levels within the company, and ensure there’s a good balance of male and female representation.   With these approaches in mind, begin to reach out to those you think are a good fit for the committee.  Approach leadership within the organization and request they assign a committee member from their respective departments.  Consider employees looking for stretch assignments and/or more visibility and networking opportunities.  If available, consider employees previously vocal about their recommendations and ideas for future employee health fairs.

Responsibility of the Employee Health Fair Committee Members

Schedule regular meetings with the entire health fair committee.  In addition to advocating and promoting the event to their colleagues, distribute other tasks among the committee members.  Give responsibility to each committee member to find and invite a vendor to participate in the event.  Identify members with the skill set to help write communications, create flyers, etc.  They are the liaison with key leaders within the organization to keep them updated and supporting the event.  On the day of the health fair, members can assist with the information table, vendor set-up, traffic flow, run various activities, etc.

Determine the atmosphere of the event – music playing, raffles and prizes displayed, event theme, etc.

Develop Your Health Fair Project Plan

Keep the team on track with a health fair project plan.  Share this plan during health fair planning meetings to develop a plan, identify new tasks, and keep the team on track.  We have a FREE Health Fair Planning Checklist to help you get started:

Vendors To Invite To Employee Health Fair

Fun activities and educational vendors will draw employees to your company health fair.

Chair Massage Therapists

The number one reason companies call us to provide chair massage for their health fair is to help get employees excited about the health fair and attend the event.  Chair massage is a great fit because it is well received by employees, is health oriented, and provides a reward to the employees.  We provide national chair massage services and we’d love to help you with your event.  Some examples of areas we provide chair massage are Atlanta Chair Massage, Chicago Chair Massage, New York Chair Massage, Houston Chair MassageDetroit Chair Massage, and All Other Chair Massage Service Areas.

Meditation Instructor

Have a small private area set-up and allow employees to participate in short meditation sessions throughout the day.  The sessions can be a combination of meditation and/or learning about the different meditation methods and benefits of meditation.

Fitness or Yoga Instructor

Fitness or yoga instructors can provide mini versions of the classes they teach.  They can answer questions about fitness goals and exercise plans.  Demonstrations of stretches employees can do in their work space is also popular and helpful.


Educate employees on healthy eating and nutrition with a demonstration of healthy food and recipes.  Provide employees with simple tips on how they can eat healthier.  Examples of simple dietary changes employees can make for a healthier diet.

Health Screenings

  • Glucose testing
  • BMI
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Blood pressure check

Fire Department

Fire departments can offer safety education tips at their table.

Local Associations or Hospital

Check with local associations and hospitals on their availability to send an educator on their topic – American Heart Association, women’s health and men’s health, etc.

Benefits Suppliers

Include representatives from each of the company’s benefits suppliers to provide the opportunity for employees to learn more about the benefits available.  This is also a good time for employees to ask the representatives questions they have on their benefit plans.

Home Health Care Company

Many employees are handling aging parent issues.  A home health care company can educate your employees on these issues and the types of services available to help.  Your local Area Agency on Aging may be able to assist as well.

Fun Activities Employee Health Fair

Team Sports

Inspire some healthy competition and exercise by creating teams and participate in some games such as softball or volleyball.

Game System

Set-up a station with game systems with health and fitness games such as bowling, tennis, dance, etc.  Ask a couple of the employee health committee members to manage the station and assist employees with the games.  Consider setting up mini-competitions with the employees to encourage participation and increase the fun.

Raffle Prizes For Attending Employee Health Fair

Offer a raffle for prizes for employees attending the employee health fair.  Prizes can include extra vacation days, company promotional items, gift certificate for restaurants in the area, gift certificates for services in the area, etc.

Serve Lunch or Snacks

Offering lunch or snacks

Communicating Employee Health Fair

A strong communication plan is critical to ensure a great turn out for your employee health fair.  Begin communications for the date of the event at least thirty to sixty days in advance.  Determine the best communications methods for your company.

Calendar Invite

For those employees regularly working off their calendars, a meeting invite might be the most effective.  This avoids confusion and depending upon employees to remember the date and time.  When scheduling meetings, it’s also serves as a reminder to avoid scheduling meetings during that time.

Email Campaign

Consider an email campaign to build excitement for the event.  Send out emails with the agenda for the day, vendors participating, activities, raffles, presentations, etc.  Emails containing a focus on a specific vendor or activity employees can expect to see at the event.  Emails provides more depth on what to expect, raises awareness and keeps the event top of mind.


If your company has an intranet site, develop a page dedicated to the employee health fair and add content similar to the email content.

Health Fair Committee Advocates

Encourage your employee health fair committee members to share information about the health fair with their colleagues during meetings, during conversations, etc.


Post flyers throughout the building and at all sites promoting the event.

Space Planning For Employee Health Fair

Begin planning your space to hold the event well in advance to ensure enough space is available, rooms are reserved, and to develop a clear picture of the vendors and activities you have room for.

Where To Hold The Employee Health Fair

Companies hold employee health fairs in many locations and often use a combination of spaces inside and outside of the office building.  Cafeterias, conference rooms, and offices are popular choices.  They’re easily accessible and visible to the employees.  Employees will stop and visit the health fair when walking by from a meeting or on their way to lunch.  Warehouse, garages, and gymnasium spaces are also popular in manufacturing or school environments.  When weather is more reliable, many companies choose to set-up tents and hold the event outside.  Outdoor events often include BBQ’s, outdoor games and have a more relaxed feel.

During a large employee health fair event, we suggest you keep all activities in open and visible areas as much as possible.  It’s a lot for employees to take in and they might miss some things.  Consider having employee health fair committee members directing traffic throughout the day to the various locations of the vendors and activities.

Vendor Set-up Needs

Ask each vendor their set-up requirements to provide the best experience for your employees.  Don’t assume every vendor just needs an eight foot table.  For example, our chair massage therapists each need a minimum of a 4×4 area plus a small table for supplies.

Activity Set-up Needs

Consider the activities available for the day.  How much space is needed for each activity?  How will the traffic flow in the space?  Where will employees line up to wait their turn to participate?  These are just a few questions to think about when setting up the activity spaces.

Additional Set-up Needs

Other items to consider having available the day of the event include signs to clearly communicate to employees where the vendors and activities are located, chairs, power strips, tape, scissors, rubber bands, tie downs, table cloths, garbage cans, paper towels, cleaning products, staplers, stapler removers, pen, note pad, etc.

Managing Employee Health Fair Event

After weeks of planning, the event day is finally here.  It’s going to be a fun and great event.  Remember to enjoy the day yourself, too.

Cell Phone Numbers Provided To Vendors

This is probably the most often over looked detail of the event.  All the planners and employee health fair committee members are away from their desks assisting with the health fair set-up.  Vendors need to easily reach organizers the day of the event with questions, directions, etc.  Please provide a couple cell phone numbers and have your cell phones with you for these emergencies.

Employee Health Fair Committee Members

The employee health fair committee members are critical on the day of the event.  Initially, they will help ensure vendors are set-up and ready to go.  Have a couple committee members dedicated to greeting vendors as they arrive at the main door, ensure they have no issues checking in, and to help navigate them to the event location.  After that, some will work shifts at some of the activity stations, prizes and raffle stations, help with traffic flow and other miscellaneous needs that come up during the day of the event.

Their main role for the day is event cheerleader.  They can round up their teams and encourage them to join them at the health fair.  Employees love to attend in groups and experience the event together.  They can talk up some of the fun activities and get others excited about the event.  Your employees are looking forward to the event and might be waiting for the encouragement and permission to attend and enjoy the day.

Employee Health Fair Clean Up

After the event, have a team of volunteers ready to help with clean up.  With enough people, this can go quickly and easily.  Have large garbage cans available.  Fold-up all tables and put away chairs.  Some organizations have conference room set-up teams to manage this for you.  Collect extra materials and information from each vendor to display in shared areas for the employees to continue to encourage what they’ve learned the day of the event or for employees who were unable to attend.  Give vendors a survey to complete prior to leaving for feedback on the event and recommendations for future events.  If known, communicate the date of the next event.

Employee Health Fair Post Activities

Immediately collect information from employees and leadership on the event.  Send a survey to the employees over email or have employees complete the survey at the event.  Meet with the employee health fair committee and gather their feedback as well.  Ask the team to collect feedback from their leadership as well.  Identify what worked well, areas for improvement and new ideas for the next event.   Plant the seeds for next steps for the next event and secure the committee members to help for next year.

Benefits of Chair Massage For Employees

Benefits Of Chair Massage

Benefits Of Chair Massage At Work

The benefits of chair massage on your company’s wellness program, employee engagement and employee retention ensure it is a benefit worth investing in. Chair massage reduces stress levels, reduces muscle tension, improves circulation, sleep and flexibility.  Companies may find chair massage reduces absenteeism, improves retention & engagement and decreases health care costs.

Chair massage therapists use a specially designed chair taking the pressure off the lower back, opening up the neck, and relaxing the arms. Stress melts away the minute the employee sits on the chair. They know this is their time to relax and they look forward to how great they will feel after. They look forward to the reduction of muscle tension possibly causing headaches, teeth grinding, aching arms and hands. Research shows 71% of employees want stress breaks such as chair massage.

Chair massage is easy to set-up on a monthly or weekly basis, for your company health fair, or an employee appreciation event such as Customer Service Week, Administrative Professional’s Day, Nurses Appreciation, Teacher’s Appreciation and sales incentives. The chair massage therapist(s) each require a 4×4 area and a small table to set their supplies on. Popular locations to set-up chair massage are within a conference room, office, cubicle or a common area during large events like health fairs. Your employees can sign up in advance or can participate on a walk-up basis.

The length of the chair massage varies based on your company needs, time frame, and number of attendees. The benefits of chair massage are most realized in a fifteen to twenty minute chair massage, however five and ten minute chair massages are also very popular. We can provide one chair massage therapist or several to meet your event needs.

We can help you plan and organize chair massage services for your company or event.

Benefits of Chair Massage For Employees



Chair massage is a type of massage performed in a specially designed chair.  This chair allows the client to kneel in the chair, lean onto a chest pad, and place head into a face cradle.  This chair opens the back and neck, relaxes the client, and positions the client for the massage therapist to massage the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.

Chair Massage Therapy Techniques

Chair massage therapists use a variety of techniques during a chair massage.  The techniques are selected based upon the client’s needs.  The techniques a chair massage therapist may use during your chair massage include:

  • Swedish Massage – This is the most commonly known massage technique.
  • Trigger Point Therapy – This technique helps release tight muscles.  The chair massage therapist applies pressure to the “knot” or tender point in a muscle and holds for several seconds.
  • Stretching – Chair massage therapists will incorporate gentle stretching in a chair massage to help release tension and balance the body.
  • Reflexology – While massaging the hands, the chair massage therapist may use reflexology.  The hands have several nerve endings linked to parts in the body.  For example, the chair massage therapist may use reflexology to release tension in the neck.
  • Myofascial Release – This technique focuses on the connective tissue throughout the body.  The chair massage therapist will use deep pressure with long strokes to help stretch and release the tension in the tissue.

How Is Chair Massage Performed?

After meeting the therapist, you will sit in the specially designed massage chair.  You will sit in the chair by kneeling onto the knee pads, leaning forward to place your chest against the pad, place your arms on the arm rest, and place your face into the face cradle.  The therapist will adjust the chair to ensure you are comfortable.

Chair massage typically starts with the larger muscles throughout the back.  The chair massage therapist will most likely start with basic Swedish massage.  If the therapist notices knots in the back, they will probably apply deeper pressure and/or use trigger point therapy to release the tension in that area.  Throughout the massage the chair massage therapist will check-in with you about the pressure used.  At any point in the massage, please tell the chair massage therapist if the pressure is too light or too deep.  You don’t have to wait for the therapist to ask.  The chair massage therapist wants you to be comfortable.

After the back, most therapists will move on to the neck.  The neck holds a tremendous amount of muscle tension and typically will relax once the back muscles are relaxed.  The therapist might also incorporate stretches to help stretch the chest and shoulders.  The therapist will also massage the arms and the hands.


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Draw A Crowd To Your Trade Show Booth With Chair Massage

If you’re struggling with how to make sure your booth isn’t boring, consider on-site chair massage for your trade show events! We can help you draw attention to your trade show booth. We can tell you from personal experience the attendees of the trade show will be lining up at your booth. This provides you with the opportunity to develop relationships with potential customers while they are waiting for their chair massage.

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Each therapist will need a 5×5 area to provide chair massage services. Our therapists will bring their own equipment and supplies for the chair massages. We can support the entire event or just the busiest times. Give us a call today to experience the difference chair massage can make! 


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Have Chair Massage At Your Next Golf Event

Nothing like a chair massage after playing a round of golf!  Here’s one of our therapists giving a chair massage at a golf event.  

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This is a great idea for company outings, sponsors, fund raising events, etc. After swinging the club for 9 or 18 holes, a few minutes in the chair will make a lasting impression on the participants. 


Bodywork Alternatives Onsite Massage, LLC provides on-site chair massage services for corporate and personal events such as employee corporate wellness health fairs, employee appreciation, customer appreciation, bridal parties, birthday parties, and more.  Call us for your next event!

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