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SECC named World Obesity's first 'healthy venue'

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre achieves silver status in Healthy Venue Awards programme
15/02/2016

Pictured: The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and SSE Hydro

Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has been named the world’s first accredited ‘healthy venue’.

The venue has achieved silver status in the World Obesity Federation’s Healthy Venue Awards programme after meeting a set of challenging criteria.

World Obesity’s awards programme focuses on steps that venues can take to support healthy eating and to encourage more activity. 

SECC director of conference sales Kathleen Warden said: “We are all so enthusiastic about this initiative and I am thrilled to see the team’s hard work recognised by becoming the first officially accredited Healthy Conference Venue in the world. We have very much enjoyed being a key partner to World Obesity in promoting healthy choices for delegates and other people in the meetings and events industry.

“As a leading international venue, we believe we have a significant role to play in working with our clients to create healthy legacies which not only benefit conference participants and the local community, but an entire sector and generation.”

Criteria include healthy meals and whether the venue takes steps to help delegates make healthy choices, such as using stairs instead of lifts.

Initiatives at the SECC include the establishment of a healthy venue task force to implement healthy practices, a partnership with Nextbike to provide free bicycles to conference delegates and access to route maps promoting walking, cycling, running and local health clubs.

Chris Trimmer, CEO of the World Obesity Federation said: “We are extremely pleased SECC took this challenge. They have worked tirelessly to meet the strict criteria of the accreditation and we congratulate them for achieving silver status.”


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