Health Tips for Meeting Planners

Many people think that working hard, keeping up on technology, and thinking outside the box is all you need to be the very best at what you do. Although the aforementioned is true, lack of energy and clouded thinking will certainly prevent you from functioning at your best.

I equate this to having a cold and not feeling your best while trying to be on 100% of the time for your clients. It isn’t because your not good at what you do, it is because you don’t feed your body correctly. There are so m any things you can do to increase mental acuity, and improve your overall health and it all starts with what you put into your body.

Ever heard the saying you are what you eat? It is a fact that if you eat the wrong foods your body will respond with lethargy, muddled thinking and ultimately in the long run, health issues and adult onset diseases.

So your asking where do I start? Lets start with what not to do, artificial sweeteners, actually artificial anything.

How many of us are really aware of how many Splenda, Equal, Aspartame, Saccharin products are available in the foods we consume? Are you a label reader and do you check how many grams of sugar were added to the item? Was it replaced with an artificial sweetener to be a so called “diet food”? This is a huge mistake most people make thinking that because they replace sugar with a sweetener, they are healthier. Wrong! There is so much evidence of the damage these sweeteners cause to your body, it is incredible that they are still consumed by so many people.

Low sugar or no – sugar items were introduced to the general public to replace the large amounts of sugar in the average diet. Most people are unaware exactly how much sugar and or artificial sweeteners are added to your foods. Trust me that is why the food tastes so good, it is either loaded with sugar or an artificial sweetener.

The easiest way to figure out how much artificial sweetener is added to your food or beverage is to read the label. The largest ingredient of what the product is made from is listed first on the label, then followed in succession the next largest item and so on. Again, be a label reader. It takes two seconds to check the label for amounts of sugar and or artificial sweeteners added to your product. By taking those two seconds to read the label, you are already taking care of your body better than you have previously.

It’s very important to realize the Splenda (Sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” Rather it’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame (Equal) and saccharin (Sweet and Low), and with detrimental health effects to match.

Sucralose (Splenda) was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a table top sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen diary desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.

Here is what I find shocking….the approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human studies, but out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for only four days!

There’s overwhelming evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners will likely wreak havoc on your body by causing inflammation. Earlier news had centered mainly around artificial sweeteners’ ability to impair your appetite regulation and leading to weight gain.

However, the study mentioned above, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found even further disturbing news besides weight gain with Sucralose (Splenda):

  • Reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent (this fact alone is so important as if your gut isn’t right most likely you are have major issues)
  • Increases the ph level in your intestines and affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects.
  • They also found unmistakable evidence that Sucralose (Splenda) is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.

The belief that consuming artificially sweetened foods and drinks will help you to lose or maintain weight is a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you are still opting for diet choices for this reason, you are on the wrong path as these artificial sweeteners will wreak havoc on your system as well as your fitness regimen.

In reality, these diet foods and drinks can cause serious distortions in your biochemistry and ruin your body’s ability to control calories. As a matter of fact, it’s been shown that diet soft drinks can double your risk of obesity.

Nearly a decade ago, studies were already revealing that artificial sweeteners can:

  • Stimulate appetite
  • Increase carbohydrate cravings
  • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar. These agencies are wrong.

An alternative to artificial sweeteners is Stevia. It is made from a natural plant source and is extremely sweet. So sweet that you may need to adjust the amount you use in order to get the taste you are looking for. The good thing is that you can pretty much put it in anything.

Please make sure you have 100 percent organic stevia with no fillers or additives as some brands that are currently marketed start out with a natural product but they either process it with chemicals or add fillers. Again, this come back to reading the label before you buy it.

Getting off artificial sweeteners and on to a healthy alternative is paramount to your overall health and can lead to a healthier, happier, stronger you.

What will you reach for now that you know the facts of artificial sweeteners? should you have any question on artificial sweeteners or how I may compliment your organization’s meeting needs, please see my information listed below. Stay tuned for my next tip on healthy protein vs toxic protein sources. or 636-795-5048

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HPN Meeting Services | October 2015

Let’s Talk About Cvent & Registration

First of all, if I had a dollar for every Associate that asked me how to sell against Cvent’s Registration software, I would not be working here anymore—  I would have taken all that money to buy Cvent.  So, it seems high time that we address this topic.

We do not sell against or use Cvent as a sourcing tool. HPN offers a Registration Service.  Cvent offers a registration software.  Many of our clients have good and bad experiences with Cvent software.  Yes, it is a robust tool but it is very cumbersome if you are not fully certified and experienced in it. Some clients swear by it while others hate it.  But the bottom line is that it is in our market space and the question is going to keep coming up about how our SERVICE is different than their SOFTWARE.

Here is what I can tell you about Cvent that may help you sell our SERVICE solution for clients that don’t have the team depth to dedicate someone to managing their registration.  HPN is experienced in several software platforms giving us the ability to choose the best tool by client and by event.  HPN offers a custom built and fully managed Registration platform for our clients.  That is our service.

Let me repeat this—HPN Meeting Services offers a CUSTOM Built, FULLY managed Registration Service solution that best fits the client and event needs.  Often, we build and manage within the client Cvent account as many have found it is less expensive to hire us to do the work than dedicate a full time person on their staff to do the same.

Our experienced programmers are able to find workarounds in the system to create totally custom sites that can be used for exhibitor registration, event marketing and much more.  If you would like a more in-depth conversation or additional information about these services, please send me an email or reach out to our in house Registration Guru, Angie Spearman at

HPN Meeting Services News

The 2016 Ops Program roster is looking very good for 2016 however, we do have spots open in our calendar that we would love to fill with a few programs. Short term business continues to roll in and we are enthusiastic about the year ahead.  Please let me know if you have a client considering full or a la carte services in 2016— we are here to help.

Until next month, please don’t forget that help is just a phone call or email away!  I look forward to hearing from you.

Jil Dasher
Vice President, Meeting Services
HPN Global
Phone: 319-331-5304

HPN Global Conference Engagement Recap!

Each year we deploy mobile event app technology for our annual conference. Each year we learn something not only about the technology and how to execute it, but we learn more about our organization, our attendees and how our attendees want to receive information. The thing we have figured out, that with the use of mobile technology, we are able to have a better control of our message and communication in real time.

Some quick ‪#‎HPN15‬ event app stats:

Adoption rate 73%
Total device activations 529
Total unique users 411
Total # of attendees 562
Total # of times the app was opened 31,665
Total time spent in the application 239 hours
Total number of pictures submitted 515
Date of most activations 8/24
Date of most engagement 8/26
Apple phones 72%
Android phones 19%
iPad 5%
Mobile web 4%
Number of messages sent 179
Number of tweets sent 153
Most popular areas of app Agenda, Quick Meetings, Gallery, Messaging, and Twitter in that order.
Access Destination Services, Visit Newport Beach, Host Global Alliance and Hard Rock Hotels were the most popular sponsors.

We did good!

Posted by HPN Global on Monday, August 31, 2015

The countdown has started!

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you next week at #HPN15!

Desi and Julie

Here are a few tidbits to help in your planning.

Download our mobile app if you haven’t already. The app will be updated throughout the conference, so you can be aware of any updates or changes. Also, make sure to check out the sponsor area of our app! Sponsors like Reno Tahoe’s Julie Greer make our event possible!

Click here for instructions to download.

Our entire event has a great focus on networking. If there is someone specific you’d like to meet with, message them thru app to set up an informal meeting.

Our dress code is HPN casual! New Orleans is hot and humid this time of year, we encourage you to dress comfortably! Please note, we have an offsite event on Thursday that is outside – we suggest comfortable shoes. The forecast may call for rain, so bringing an umbrella is suggested.

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is occurring during our time in New Orleans, which includes a visit from President Obama. We don’t anticipate these events causing issues with our programming, but check our mobile app for any updates or changes.

Lastly, help keep the French Quarter safe. Download the French Quarter Task Force app to report criminal activity:

We have created an incredible agenda for you, and can’t wait to welcome you to the Big Easy!

Desi Whitney
Senior VP, Sourcing & Industry Relations
HPN Global
13825 N Northsight Blvd., Suite 201
Scottsdale AZ, 85260
Phone: 480.998.9770 Ext 236
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Marriott Marquis Houston

Need space at the Marriott Marquis in Houston?  HPN Global is working on several groups for this hotel contact for volume deal.

HPN’s Tim Arnold did a site last week at the new Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. Here is the feedback he provided.

“This will be an awesome hotel. It will have 1000 rooms, 100,000 sq ft of meeting space, and some amazing outdoor space. Meeting space will be on three floors, one floor a 40,000 sq ft ballroom, one floor with 23 breakout rooms, and one floor will have a 22,000 sq ft ballroom and about 10 breakouts. 

They will also have a lazy river in the shape of Texas, which will really be cool. The hotel is attached to the convention center, across Discovery Green from the Hilton Americas. Will be open late 2016, and will be a great option for all groups looking at Texas or a central rotation. I really wish Marriott would open something this size in Dallas. I was very impressed by the hotel. 

HPN Global is working on several groups for this hotel and the city of Houston if anyone has a client that is looking to book shoot us an email so we can strategies on a volume deal.

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