March is quickly approaching, which means it’s almost National Nutrition Month! Hosting a nutrition fair is a great way to share information with your community about healthy eating, physical activity, general wellness and more. It’s also a great opportunity to build relationships with local businesses that support healthy living.
Here are seven tips to help you plan your next event!
- Start Early. Successful nutrition fairs require a lot of planning. Take time to plan the basics such as identifying the target audience, your objectives, date and time for the fair, budget, etc.
- Pick A Theme. Sticking with the Academy’s theme is always a great choice since they have graphics and materials available. Take advantage of these materials!
- Talk Logistics. Before reaching out to vendors or local businesses, get the details of the event space and how many tables you can have at your location. This will help you narrow down who you want to be at your event. Getting this information ahead of time will also help you when you plan your schedule for the event, including setting up and breaking down.
- Decorations. Plan how you want the event to look according to the theme. Check out dollar stores for decorations on a budget, use the Academy’s materials and don’t be afraid to look at Pinterest for ideas! Be sure to also ask your location contact if there are any don’ts for decorating (i.e. no tape on the walls).
- Engagement. I believe the best events are ones you walk away from having learned or experienced something. Incorporating activities that the participants can get involved in is a great way to increase attendance. Food demonstrations are a fun way to get people involved because they can watch the cooking process and taste the end results! Other great activities to increase participation could be information booths, screenings/assessments, games and giveaways.
- Be Open to Suggestions. Events do well when people have the chance to be involved and have an opinion. Make a point to ask your community what they want to see or what they are interested in learning. Doing this will make them feel like they were a part of the process and will make people more likely to show up on the big day!
- Promote, Promote, Promote. No one will know you are hosting an event if you don’t tell them! Promote the event through various outlets such as posted flyers, school announcements, social media, etc. You should ramp up marketing two weeks prior to the event!