by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 06, 2014
Wellness real-estate firm Delos, which initiated the concept of Stay Well hotel rooms in 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, announced on Monday an expansion of the hospitality brand with Stay Well Meetings. This new initiative, created with the help of Dr. Deepak Chopra and the Cleveland Clinic, features meeting spaces and boardrooms designed to enhance the health and productivity of attendees, along with programming that includes:

• Diet and nutrition for performance expansion in the form of a curated menu of health food options developed by the Cleveland Clinic and LYFE Kitchen;
• IQ enhancement via mental exercises to stimulate creative thinking and strategic approaches to problem solving;
• Twenty-minute yoga exercises designed to stimulate brain function;
• Time for attendees to go outdoors to replenish vitamin D levels and enhance well being;
• Designated areas and opportunities for relaxation, silence and guided meditation, along with other breaks to disconnect from technology;
• Voluntary physical activity breaks.

Behind the program are 15 evidence-based health and wellness elements, including systems for air and water purification, surface bacteria control, circadian lighting, creativity-enhancing color schemes, posture supporting floor mats, ergonomic furniture, hydration stations, health catering options, aromatherapy and an innovative mobile app that offers attendees the ability to tour a sample meeting room, locate features and access a "virtual health and wellness concierge service."

"I think the most surprising one for planners will be the lighting," said Peter Scialla of Delos. "I am not sure how many people actually realize how important proper lighting is for the body."

The program is being rolled out at the MGM Grand, where, on Aug. 18, Dr. Chopra will be on hand at the ribbon-cutting that will unveil 13 meeting rooms designated as Stay Well. MGM is evaluating its other properties to determine which meeting rooms will benefit most from the Stay Well treatment. "We did one floor at the MGM Grand, the smaller meeting rooms, because 80 percent of our meetings are 100 people or less," said Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate sales for MGM Resorts International. "We want to get demand to grow, so we can grow to the ballrooms. We're doing the same research at our other properties, to determine which floor is right and where will we touch most of our guests."