Leadership or Strategic Planning Sessions
Ideally designed for targeted groups of community leaders, work site managers, group leaders, and/or key stakeholders, such a session can include a review of the current environmental and policy factors influencing the physical activity habits of residents or employees. This can be especially effective if I provide some recommendations for action to guide a facilitated discussion of specific steps a company, organization, or community might take to improve the health and well-being of its target population. (Such sessions must obviously be designed very specifically to the desires and interests of the participants, and are highly interactive.) They often begin with a PowerPoint presentation when appropriate, to outline environmental and policy level tools used to create more activity promoting settings, followed by a group assessment of local needs, and prioritization of specific target activities. I can go a step further and create a detailed action plan, to give clearer structure to the ideas if desired.
This can be most effective if presented in a focused time frame, perhaps including a meal and/or hosted by a high profile leader (mayor, CEO). For example:
- Mayor's breakfast. Target key community leaders by direct invitation, and create a schedule (for example) from 7:30 to 9:30 am to minimize disruption of the work day.
- Corporate Leader's luncheon. Ideal if the goal is to initiate innovative work site programs and engage top management, not just wellness or fitness staff.
- Joint meeting of the Boards. Some communities hold a joint meeting of several of the relevant elected and appointed boards, such as City and/or County Council, Planning and Zoning commission(s), Board of Health, School Board, Conservation Commission, and others to provide technical instruction or to actually generate community-based discussion and priority setting across disciplines.